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NEVER APOLOGIZE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Mike Kaplan

Starring:
Malcolm McDowell

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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What's it about
Malcolm McDowell presents a documentary about his one man show, Never Apologize. This is a focus on director Lindsay Anderson, a director who gave McDowell his first film, If.
Is it good movie?
I've never heard of Lindsay Anderson. That doesn't mean he didn't have a huge impact on the film world, especially in Europe- but he's almost been completely forgotten. This is a documentary solely in the sense that this becomes a video version of McDowell's show. If you're looking for fancy editing, nice transitions and all kinds of interviews, look elsewhere.

Instead, you get Malcolm alone on a stage talking to an audience. You might think that isn't enough but brother, let me tell you- old Alex is a truly animated and gifted storyteller who will keep you engaged almost throughout this film.

And what of the subject? Well, this isn't simply admiration and kisses, but an honest glimpse into the life of a forgotten maverick. There's a lot of talk about If, the movie that gave the men their start. This is a true performance from McDowell, and the whole thing feels like a bit of a tour de force. He wears many hats, and takes many perspectives. It doesn't just come from his perspective and the director's, there's a lot of different viewpoints mixed in. There are a lot of touching moments, moments full of hearsay and potshots, and nice stories about celebrating the late director's life.

At times, he's reading directly from memoirs. Other times, it feels like he's an old friend talking over a beer or two. Either way, this stuff is always interesting. There's a ton of funny stories about some famous people in Hollywood, like Bette Davis, Steven Spielberg and Richard Harris. Although this is McDowell's show, there are several clips and memorable photos laid over the documentary to tie it together. There's a few cool conversational tricks done with the cameras that make it really seem like two sides of the story.

If I had to criticize, I would say that sometimes over the course of almost two hours, McDowell is simply not funny, and the whole project can at times feel a little bit pretentious and silly.

If I give it all away, it won't be of any use to watch this film. But know that this is full of emotion, and an honest, multi-faceted tribute to a man who led a very interesting life to say the least.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in standard aspect ratio, which is not listed and is essentially full screen. Not a pretty picture, really.

Audio comes in Dolby Surround, and sounds fine, fairly unremarkable.
The Extras
Last Call
This little documentary is certainly compelling enough to be worth your time, if a little overblown at times in terms of McDowell's manic nature. However, I now certainly know who Lindsay Anderson is, and a lot of behind the scenes anecdotes about how the man led his life. Hopefully you'll get the chance to do the same!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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