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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
finally saw it for the first time
Having first heard about the film back in high school, for some reason I never got around to seeing it. Partially it was my uncertainty to what I was told was in the film that kept me away. What I now find myself asking is, "Why didn't I see this sooner?" It didn't hurt that the actor portraying Alex (Malcolm McDowell) is quite an attractive & talented man. The story hit upon things that make sense to me, the love of music being one aspect (the inclusion of classical, though played with synthesizers, was befitting for the overall feel of the film). I can sort of understand the character of Alex acting the way he does, and how he was treated upon his release back into society. I personally had no problems with the playful aspect of the William Tell Overture scene, even the cheeky foreplay at the music store (which was the Chelsea Drug Store). However unwanted the violation & violence are, they are necessary to the storyline. I adore the satire, and understand what Stanley Kubrick was shining the spotlight on: how twisted society is, and how normal we believe we are. -Monday, 22 October, 2007-
The Terminator (1984)
My experience with The Terminator
This all started back in 1984 when I was 6 years of age. This was my first R rated film, and viewed at home with one or both parents present. It was all very exciting, but oddly did not give me any nightmares (at least not for a few years). I recall that I was fond of seeing Michael Biehn, and somewhat feared Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since my father had introduced me to the music of Jean-Michel Jarre, I found that the score music from Brad Fiedel helped create the mood of the film, alongside the vocal tracks from: Linn Van Hek; Tahnee Cain & Tryanglz; Jay Ferguson & 16mm.
At the time, my father was employed by Intel as a chip designer, so the film in some ways seemed to be connected to my life. I was becoming very interested in computers, electronic music & robots. I remember the buzz from the time, and how the film fit in with the culture, but could not comprehend for some time the mental aspect of the story behind it. I have tried to listen and watch any stories that speak of the film, and gained more insight from them. -Thursday, 2 November, 2006-
The Doors (1991)
not exactly the Doors, and not exactly Jim either
I watched this film before I knew anything about the Doors. After reading various books about the Doors including "Light My Fire" by Ray Manzarek, I felt differently about this movie. Oliver (for some odd reason) decided to put the main focus on Jimbo (Jim when he's not his sober self), and made him out to be a total p***k. Even the way that Ray, John & Robby were portrayed painted them in a bad light. There were also important (and not so) events that were altered. What for? I know that due to legal reasons there were some things that could not be put on screen exactly, but Oliver messed up this story BIG TIME.
Alternate title should be "Oliver Stone's JIMBO"
(Another thing that has always annoyed me is that whenever I hear/see someone's comments about the Doors, it's mostly about Jim. Even when I see pictures the Doors, they're of Jim with "The Doors" logo. HELLO, there were 4 people in the group who were all very talented!)
Deux frères (2004)
Best direction, amazing film, beautiful message...and I'm vegetarian.
Alhough this film may be too emotional for young children, I think this film said a lot of wonderful things and supports the humane treatment of animals FULLY. It showed the evils of circus training, yet also the soft side of their trainers. And if you bothered to stay to the end of the credits, it gave a great testimonial for the WWF. Even at the beginning of the ending credits, it encouraged all thinking people to be more mindful of how they treat other species.
I AM vegetarian, and a supporter of PETA, and I think this is one of the most well-done animal movies ever. It was a story that needed to be told, and yet was also sweet, poignant, and entertaining. But I don't necessarily recommend most humans to see it, since they would probably not be able to appreciate it with their closed-minded, limited intelligence.