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Color Me Kubrick
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03.30.2007 By: Jason Adams
Color Me Kubrick order
Director:
Brian W. Cook

Actors:
John Malkovich
Jim Davidson
Luke Mably


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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This is the "true-ish"(?) story of Alan Conway, who spent the early 1990’s pretending to be Stanley Kubrick in order to get money and free booze.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Do we really have to make a movie out of everything? Can’t we be just a tad more discriminating on what deserves the cinematic treatment? The story behind COLOR ME KUBRICK is interesting and worth a chuckle, but it seems better suited for a Dateline NBC segment than a feature length film. And after actually watching the movie, I can confirm that this was just a waste of time for everyone involved.

The first time we see Conway impersonate Kubrick to get someone to buy him a drink, it’s slightly funny. John Malkovich is a consummate actor and his impersonation of an impersonation of the seminal director—complete with far-fetched American accent and gay pirate outfit—is so ridiculous, it’s hard not to laugh when somebody actually falls for it. But then it happens again. And again. Until you realize the entire movie is just him conning random people with a quick five minutes of exposition and wrap-up at the end. There’s no real plot or development, no insight in to who the real Conway is or why he pretended to be Kubrick. The character is just a huge, unlikable d-bag for 86 minutes.

You may have heard that COLOR ME KUBRICK was written and directed by two of Kubrick’s longtime colleagues (his personal assistant and Assistant Director), but any hopes you had for gaining insight in to the man’s life should be immediately extinguished. Aside from some overtly obvious visual and musical homages to Kubrick’s films, you could substitute any director in the title and it wouldn’t change the movie, or the fact that it sucked, one bit.
THE EXTRAS
Being Alan Conway (47:05): This aptly-titled documentary is much better (and more in-depth) than this film deserves. The behind-the-scenes portion is nice, but the real find is the plethora of interviews, including friends of Kubrick’s who divulge some interesting stories.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Please don’t see the word “Kubrick” in the title and associate the man’s genius with this pointless film. You’re better off renting one of his actual movies instead.

Extra Tidbit: Apparently, the real Stanley Kubrick found the whole ordeal with Conway amusing. I wonder what he would think of COLOR ME KUBRICK if he was still alive. I like to imagine him setting somebody on fire.
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