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THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

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I'm not going to take the usual route and attempt to articulate the thought that A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is a bad movie or anything. Because it's more or less not, in terms of techincal filmmaking. I don't think I've ever seen Kubrick make a "bad" movie in that sense. But they're all good for different reasons, and as with CITIZEN KANE last week I find A CLOCKWORK ORANGE to be good for all the wrong reasons. "Wrong reasons" in this case too referring to making a movie that is impressive technically but fails at being something I have any interest in watching, finishing, and/or remembering.

Nobody makes a better film than Kubrick, technically speaking.  His shot composition is impeccable, his camera and lens use a language unto themselves.  His presents his subject matter often utterly unapologetically, and he actively seeks to have his films do something more than simply exist (whether what it's doing is interesting or not is another matter).  Which is all both commendable and enviable, and certainly a series of qualities that we could do with more of in today's filmmaking world. 

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"We were all feeling a bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it being a night of no small expenditure."

That all being said, I just don't like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.  I really really don't, and I'm going to try and tell you why.  To me, it's the most sterile, slanted exercise in storytelling I've ever witnessed, and I find nothing about it interesting except for Kubrick's skill at slyly charming generations of people into rooting for the most nasty and empty of characters and the most thinly realized of futures.  Alex is not a human being, he is a constructed symbol of the ultimate kind of rebellion.  Morals don't apply, rules don't apply, decency doesn't apply, responsibility doesn't apply - all that matters it sticking it to the man through the pursuit of pleasure and the flaunting of anything human, relateable, or sympathetic. 

And liking Beethoven doesn't count.  It's simply not enough, and a cop-out choice anyway.  "Oh, he recognizes that Ludwig van composed beautiful music.  It shows he really does have a soul buried deep down there, so it's okay to think what he does and how he does it is cool and entertaining."  Except it's not and it's not.  Titillating maybe, shocking maybe, or even exciting in a "did that just happen" kind of way, but nothing that Alex does is cool or entertaining.  It's not excusable.  And it's not "society's fault."  Kubrick crafted this character in a certain image and then centered a story/series of camera tricks around him to as to communicate what seems to be relateability when in fact nothing of the kind exists.  Not that every main character has to be a bastion of goodness, and there are plenty I'm entertained by and interested in which are not. Richard III.  The Joker.  The Devil.  Oskar (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN).  The Driver (DRIVE).  But what such characters bear that Alex completely lacks is humanity beyond a tacked on heartstring, grounded needs and fears which drive them to sometimes do questionable things.  Alex is none of those things, and as this film is all about Alex that's a bit of a problem.

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"One thing I could never stand was to see a filthy, dirty old drunkie, howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers and going blurp blurp in between as it might be a filthy old orchestra in his stinking, rotten guts."

Now some people might think "but that's really not fair to say, Alejandro.  Alex is only meant to be a symbol of something, as is the society as depicted in the film.  Kubrick is trying to make a point with A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and the best way to make an extreme condemnation of something is to use extreme examples or symbols."  Which is all well and good.  But movies, and really stories in general, have to be more than a series of symbols.  They have to be, at least for me.  Layer upon layer upon layer of symbolism is fine with me (THE MATRIX, THE TREE OF LIFE, and so on) - it's when the movie is lacking anything else that I start to be bothered.  And speaking of symbols: when it comes to the title itself, which is perhaps the film's greatest symbol, there isn't any sort of grand statement to be had there.  Alex began the film as a clockwork orange, and so to did he end it.  Just a more "socially acceptable" version.  Which isn't a story I'm interested in seeing, especially considering the terrible journey needed to get there.

And then there's the world/society Alex lives, which is almost a character unto itself yet one just as vapid as he is.  Things are strange because they're strange, things are colorful because they're colorful, and design choices are made because why the hell not.  Is that a problem with the source material? Maybe, but once the choice is made to commit it to film I'm allowed to gripe about it all I want.  And I find the world/society of the film to be nothing more than window dressing, a drab and lifeless manequin masquerading with makeup and flashy clothes in an attempt to be human.  Which, again, is fine I suppose if Kubrick meant it to be as such (in terms of being nothing more than a symbol).  It's just not what I'm interested in seeing when I settle down for my evening viewing of a morally challenging dystopian future.

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"Do you understand, Alex? Have I made myself clear?"
"As an unmuddied lake, Fred. As clear as an azure sky of deepest summer. You can rely on me, Fred."

I believe that stories should be told for a reason, and likewise should the decisions made in how to tell that story be for a reason.  Even if the reason's just "it was a fun idea at the time."  But for me there's no reason in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.  There's no real statement being made, no real philisophical discussion being had, no real cultural commentary being explored, and no real character growth or conflict or dissection going on.  It's an excercise in grossly twisted entertainment for grossly twisted entertainment's sake, which was quite the sucker punch when I was hoping for so much more.

Hearkening back to an earlier point, maybe A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is meant to be nothing more than titillating.  If so, I don't have any interest in it.  This isn't the sort of story I find interesting, nor is the style in which it is told.  You want a film that depicts a troubled future which believably creates the characters that live in it and actively works with them to tell a greater story than being simply being a flashy bit o' the old ultraviolence? Go watch CHILDREN OF MEN.  Or BLADE RUNNER.  Or V FOR VENDETTA.  I know I will.  Right now, in fact.

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Oh, and if you have any suggestions for The UnPopular Opinion I’m always happy to hear them. You can send along an email to ajstepenberg@joblo.com, spell it out below, slap it up on my wall in Movie Fan Central, or send me a private message via Movie Fan Central. Provide me with as many movie suggestions as you like, with any reasoning you'd care to share, and if I agree then you may one day see it featured in this very column!

Extra Tidbit: Malcolm McDowell was nearly blinded in the making of this film. What a shame that would have been, and not just because we might have missed out on more McDowell. Heath Ledger claimed Alex as one of his inspirations for his portrayal of The Joker, something which justifies this film's existence in and of itself.
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6:46AM on 07/18/2012

I think it's weird you think this is titillating.

The entire film is told from Alex's perspective and Alex is an unreliable narrator. Alex thinks every thought in his head and action he takes is not only correct but awesome.

Someone said one that the greatest thing about Martin Scorsese's characters is that they do not change over the course of the film. Kubrick is the same way. Not every film can be about the American myth that people can grow. If you think everyone has the potential to grow and learn from their mistakes watch the
The entire film is told from Alex's perspective and Alex is an unreliable narrator. Alex thinks every thought in his head and action he takes is not only correct but awesome.

Someone said one that the greatest thing about Martin Scorsese's characters is that they do not change over the course of the film. Kubrick is the same way. Not every film can be about the American myth that people can grow. If you think everyone has the potential to grow and learn from their mistakes watch the documentary 'Into the Abyss', that'll prove you wrong.

Your criticisms of this film, and Kane prior, seem to be saying you don't like ideas, stories and characters that stay too far from what you are used to. I don't find Alex to be sympathetic in the least, he is terrifying, but I have known men like him. There are layers here (more than the Matrix, which your mention of made me laugh by the way), the apathy of society, youths gravitation to violence, gender issues, morality, and as drexxell pointed out below, free will.
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1:42PM on 07/18/2012
Pretty fuckin pathetic when you see the article "Awfully Good, Batman and Robin" posted above this article saying "A Clockwork Orange" is a widely inferior contrived blah blah etc. Just shameful.
Pretty fuckin pathetic when you see the article "Awfully Good, Batman and Robin" posted above this article saying "A Clockwork Orange" is a widely inferior contrived blah blah etc. Just shameful.
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7:08PM on 07/18/2012
What the fuck does one have to do with the other?
What the fuck does one have to do with the other?
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6:29AM on 07/18/2012

I believe you have missed the point of the story entirely

I'll address your statement that "There's no real statement being made, no real philisophical (sp) discussion being had, no real cultural commentary being explored..." which tells me you did, in fact, miss the whole point of this story.

First off, this isn't Kubrick's story, it is Burgess's. But even so, Kubrick translates it to film well and the moral of the movie is the same as the moral of the book, that being: "It is better to have free will and allow evil to exist than it is to
I'll address your statement that "There's no real statement being made, no real philisophical (sp) discussion being had, no real cultural commentary being explored..." which tells me you did, in fact, miss the whole point of this story.

First off, this isn't Kubrick's story, it is Burgess's. But even so, Kubrick translates it to film well and the moral of the movie is the same as the moral of the book, that being: "It is better to have free will and allow evil to exist than it is to remove free will".

In the movie, this is articulated both by the Priest's exclamation..."what about CHOICE?" and later by the lucky (?) accident which restores Alex's free will at the end, despite the immediate return to his old thoughts.

Sometimes I agree with these articles, but today I have to stand firmly opposed.
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9:43AM on 07/18/2012
Technically yes, this is Burgess' story. But Kubrick was also notorious for his ego and transformed everything he touched into his own personal vision. So while Burgess may have created the world and the characters and the language of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, the film's tone and the decision to make a character like Alex the hero of this story is all Kubrick. The depiction of Alex as seen in the film is all Kubrick. He uses specific camera, lens, and framing work to make sure we subconsciously
Technically yes, this is Burgess' story. But Kubrick was also notorious for his ego and transformed everything he touched into his own personal vision. So while Burgess may have created the world and the characters and the language of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, the film's tone and the decision to make a character like Alex the hero of this story is all Kubrick. The depiction of Alex as seen in the film is all Kubrick. He uses specific camera, lens, and framing work to make sure we subconsciously sympathize with Alex, despite who Alex is and what he does, and that again is something that is wholly Kubrick.
1:03AM on 07/18/2012

Missing Chapter

I think the main and only problem with Kubrick's movie is the fact that is is based on the U.S. version of the novel which had its last chapter removed. The last chapter of the book fixes most of the problems you stated in your Unpopular Opinon. In the last chapter Alex goes back to his same old ways, all be it with a new group of younger kids and very soon his old ways start to wear thin on him. He gets bored with his youthful violence and anarchy, carries around a picture in his wallet of a
I think the main and only problem with Kubrick's movie is the fact that is is based on the U.S. version of the novel which had its last chapter removed. The last chapter of the book fixes most of the problems you stated in your Unpopular Opinon. In the last chapter Alex goes back to his same old ways, all be it with a new group of younger kids and very soon his old ways start to wear thin on him. He gets bored with his youthful violence and anarchy, carries around a picture in his wallet of a baby cut out of a magazine while not even sure why himself, and after one night of going out for a quite evening by himself he actually runs into one of the members of his old gang, they proceed to catch up finding out that he is now married has a respectable job and a child, making Alex realizing himself that this is what he now whats and is missing. He wants to put away his childish violence, anarchy and resistance to falling in line with society and have his own child. Knowing full well that most likely his child will go through the same thing of the unstable rage and energy of rebelious youth
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9:45AM on 07/18/2012
And perhaps that would indeed be better, so thank you for mentioning it!

I'll make sure to read a non-US version and see if that changes how I feel at least about the story as a whole. Though at the end of the day I think there are still too many choices in the film that are all Kubrick for me to separate him from the base material itself.
And perhaps that would indeed be better, so thank you for mentioning it!

I'll make sure to read a non-US version and see if that changes how I feel at least about the story as a whole. Though at the end of the day I think there are still too many choices in the film that are all Kubrick for me to separate him from the base material itself.
8:18AM on 07/18/2012

Insanity

I'm with most of the others on this one, you clearly lack the comprehension of the movies true message. By taking away Alex's free will they killed the single shred of humanity inside him (his love of Beethoven). The meaning behind this is significant. You have this psychopathic killer who finds no connection to the human race and feels void of all emotion except while listening the beautiful symphonis of Ludwig Van. So when he finally is caught for his crimes the government feels it's
I'm with most of the others on this one, you clearly lack the comprehension of the movies true message. By taking away Alex's free will they killed the single shred of humanity inside him (his love of Beethoven). The meaning behind this is significant. You have this psychopathic killer who finds no connection to the human race and feels void of all emotion except while listening the beautiful symphonis of Ludwig Van. So when he finally is caught for his crimes the government feels it's better to re-abilitate and take away his free will then to let him grow up on his own and keep the small connection he has to the world in tact. It like most dystopian films is a statement about government control and bad decisions that are defeated with even worse decisions.

It's a sad day when the younger generation of film goers can't comprehend a complex movie, and then dislikes it simply because it's more than a Transformers popcorn flick. I think you seriously need to reevaluate the articles you write and quit hating because you simply can't comprehend.
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9:36AM on 07/18/2012
Thank you for your opinion, and I'm sorry for making your day sad. But with all due respect, there are plenty of older films that I love, appreciate, respect, and understand. And it's interesting that you mention TRANSFORMERS, because something I thought about mentioning in my article yet left out was that A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is what I'd consider to be not far from the TRANSFORMERS of its time. Albeit with a hip, stylish, shocking artistic sensibility and an upgrade in terms of camera
Thank you for your opinion, and I'm sorry for making your day sad. But with all due respect, there are plenty of older films that I love, appreciate, respect, and understand. And it's interesting that you mention TRANSFORMERS, because something I thought about mentioning in my article yet left out was that A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is what I'd consider to be not far from the TRANSFORMERS of its time. Albeit with a hip, stylish, shocking artistic sensibility and an upgrade in terms of camera storytelling and technical prowess on Kubrick's part.
11:13AM on 07/18/2012
To say that it could be considered the Transformers of its time is laughable. There's no shock value to anything Transformers does. A robot gets torn in half... it's a character we thought was bad ass and liked, but it was still ultimately a robot. It's gratuitous violence with no real life consequence. That doesn't share any parallels to A Clockwork Orange at all.
To say that it could be considered the Transformers of its time is laughable. There's no shock value to anything Transformers does. A robot gets torn in half... it's a character we thought was bad ass and liked, but it was still ultimately a robot. It's gratuitous violence with no real life consequence. That doesn't share any parallels to A Clockwork Orange at all.
12:36PM on 07/18/2012
He doesn't dislike it because it's complex. He dislikes it because it's a vapid piece of shit.
He doesn't dislike it because it's complex. He dislikes it because it's a vapid piece of shit.
3:40PM on 07/18/2012
Just because the movie might have that message does not mean it is any good. Crack kills.
Just because the movie might have that message does not mean it is any good. Crack kills.
7:57AM on 07/18/2012
No
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4:06AM on 07/18/2012

sorry...

I understand the concept of UnPopular Opinion... but this, in some ways, is referential to the article on how the current generation has no respect for the classics. A Clockwork Orange is one of those films that is an easy target for conservative criticism and literary comparison. But... really? Its similar to a young pop-music fan trying to tell me they find nothing about Dark Side of the Moon that warrants its place in the annals of music legend. I just think that this goes beyond unpopular
I understand the concept of UnPopular Opinion... but this, in some ways, is referential to the article on how the current generation has no respect for the classics. A Clockwork Orange is one of those films that is an easy target for conservative criticism and literary comparison. But... really? Its similar to a young pop-music fan trying to tell me they find nothing about Dark Side of the Moon that warrants its place in the annals of music legend. I just think that this goes beyond unpopular opinion and fits into the current trend of negativity toward all things classic. Opinions are opinions, but c'mon.
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9:49AM on 07/18/2012
As I mentioned above, I actually love a great many old films - they're what I grew up watching, and I proudly rewatch them to this day. Halloween, Judgement At Nuremburg, Spartacus, From Here to Eternity, The Defiant Ones, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Blast of Silence, The Killers - my list goes on. I will fight for such films so long as I have breath in me, but I just don't enjoy A CLOCKWORK ORANGE specifically in the least.
As I mentioned above, I actually love a great many old films - they're what I grew up watching, and I proudly rewatch them to this day. Halloween, Judgement At Nuremburg, Spartacus, From Here to Eternity, The Defiant Ones, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Blast of Silence, The Killers - my list goes on. I will fight for such films so long as I have breath in me, but I just don't enjoy A CLOCKWORK ORANGE specifically in the least.
7:03PM on 07/18/2012
Perhaps it is unfair of me to judge this after one viewing and I have intended to give it another go since a million Clockwork Orange fans can't be wrong, but after I saw this the first time I did not like it either.
Perhaps it is unfair of me to judge this after one viewing and I have intended to give it another go since a million Clockwork Orange fans can't be wrong, but after I saw this the first time I did not like it either.
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6:51PM on 07/18/2012
"His shot composition is impeccable, his camera and lens use a language unto themselves. His presents his subject matter often utterly unapologetically, and he actively seeks to have his films do something more than simply exist"

I hate reading people that know nothing about filmmaking talking out their ass
"His shot composition is impeccable, his camera and lens use a language unto themselves. His presents his subject matter often utterly unapologetically, and he actively seeks to have his films do something more than simply exist"

I hate reading people that know nothing about filmmaking talking out their ass
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6:11PM on 07/18/2012

Another Movie We Agree Upon

Very very overrated. I didn't understand the hype or reason for it being so talked about. Please review "Raging Bull" as that has to be the Most Overrated, Globally Loved Movie IMO
Very very overrated. I didn't understand the hype or reason for it being so talked about. Please review "Raging Bull" as that has to be the Most Overrated, Globally Loved Movie IMO
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7:00PM on 07/18/2012
Agreed and Agreed.
Agreed and Agreed.
5:27PM on 07/18/2012
Benefit of the doubt last week when you said that you wrote these articles based on your real opinions and not simply to get a rise out of people, because have anything but praise for this movie to me seems ludicrous, then again, roger ebert also didnt like it, so once again what do I know
Benefit of the doubt last week when you said that you wrote these articles based on your real opinions and not simply to get a rise out of people, because have anything but praise for this movie to me seems ludicrous, then again, roger ebert also didnt like it, so once again what do I know
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1:04AM on 07/19/2012

Hmmm

Ohhh, & what's so stinking about it?
Ohhh, & what's so stinking about it?
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4:30PM on 07/19/2012

Future Suggestion

Raging Bull....that movie was totally overrated in every sense of the word.
Raging Bull....that movie was totally overrated in every sense of the word.
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11:50PM on 07/18/2012

Yup

I feel the same could be said for most of Kubrick's work.

I couldn't stand "Eyes Wide Shut"! My pretentious movie buddies were like "But it's genius! Everything's on the second level"

Well. If the first level doesn't get you in the door, who cares about the second level?
I feel the same could be said for most of Kubrick's work.

I couldn't stand "Eyes Wide Shut"! My pretentious movie buddies were like "But it's genius! Everything's on the second level"

Well. If the first level doesn't get you in the door, who cares about the second level?
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6:55PM on 02/28/2013
Well you sir, can obviously not tell good cinema from a fucking hole in the ground!
Well you sir, can obviously not tell good cinema from a fucking hole in the ground!
3:10PM on 07/19/2012
I'm starting to think these are the most eloquently written Troll speeches the internet has ever bared witness to. I get that it's your opinion, and like assholes, we've all got one. But I'm going to agree with "nateladow" below in saying, obviously the message of this movie not only flew over your head... BUT SOARED.

"I'd consider this movie the Transformers of its time." - Alejandro "I write big words to make myself sound like I know what I'm talking about" Stepenberg.

Lol. I
I'm starting to think these are the most eloquently written Troll speeches the internet has ever bared witness to. I get that it's your opinion, and like assholes, we've all got one. But I'm going to agree with "nateladow" below in saying, obviously the message of this movie not only flew over your head... BUT SOARED.

"I'd consider this movie the Transformers of its time." - Alejandro "I write big words to make myself sound like I know what I'm talking about" Stepenberg.

Lol. I appreciate the thought that went into this, but one thing I can never stand is to see a filthy, dirty old drunkie, howling away about the technical achievements of his fathers and going blurp blurp in between as though he might have clue of what he's talking 'bout in his stinking, rotten guts. I could never stand to see anyone like that, whatever his age might be, but more especially when he was real young like this one was.

Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well.
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6:53PM on 02/28/2013
Yeah, damn right! These philistines can't see good cinema from a fucking hole in the ground!!
Yeah, damn right! These philistines can't see good cinema from a fucking hole in the ground!!
7:12PM on 07/18/2012
Just while I'm thinking about it, is there a chance we could hear any one else's Unpopular Opinion, like we used to? Or are you the designated runner of the column? You sure write some ballsy articles, I just thought I'd ask.
Just while I'm thinking about it, is there a chance we could hear any one else's Unpopular Opinion, like we used to? Or are you the designated runner of the column? You sure write some ballsy articles, I just thought I'd ask.
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7:01PM on 07/18/2012
Now I agree with just about every point of your article here. I've wondered at times was I just not "getting it," except I know I'm not alone in not liking this movie. Well made, it is, but absolutely lacking in the kind of depth I'm usually interested in. Alex is like Tyler Durden without the Narrator to give perspective. When you break it down into it's simplest form, there are interesting ideas at play, but they manifest themselves in a completely unsympathetic and inhuman monster.
Now I agree with just about every point of your article here. I've wondered at times was I just not "getting it," except I know I'm not alone in not liking this movie. Well made, it is, but absolutely lacking in the kind of depth I'm usually interested in. Alex is like Tyler Durden without the Narrator to give perspective. When you break it down into it's simplest form, there are interesting ideas at play, but they manifest themselves in a completely unsympathetic and inhuman monster.
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3:40PM on 07/18/2012
This movie SUCKED on every level
This movie SUCKED on every level
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3:48AM on 07/18/2012
I can count on one hand (possibly a couple of fingers) the number of Kubrick movies I enjoy.
I can't even get through 2001, bores the life out of me... Maybe I should do a column about that.
IMO A Clockwork Orange has been courted more, in the UK, because of its ban and not because its quality as a movie. Getting this on Pirate Video when I was about 12 was a big coup. It bored the arse off me and I still lose interest in it these days, I do enjoy the soundtrack though.
I can count on one hand (possibly a couple of fingers) the number of Kubrick movies I enjoy.
I can't even get through 2001, bores the life out of me... Maybe I should do a column about that.
IMO A Clockwork Orange has been courted more, in the UK, because of its ban and not because its quality as a movie. Getting this on Pirate Video when I was about 12 was a big coup. It bored the arse off me and I still lose interest in it these days, I do enjoy the soundtrack though.
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7:01PM on 02/28/2013
It was probably because you were to young to understand the underlying themes and statements on society. Expecting a 12 year old to understand a clockwork orange is like expecting a three year old to enjoy apocalypse now for Christ sake! Get a bit of fucking perspective!
It was probably because you were to young to understand the underlying themes and statements on society. Expecting a 12 year old to understand a clockwork orange is like expecting a three year old to enjoy apocalypse now for Christ sake! Get a bit of fucking perspective!
12:35PM on 07/18/2012

I agree!

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is a contrived piece of shameless filmmaking. No doubt it's a technical marvel in terms of camerawork, and Malcolm McDowell's performance is good, but the film is dull and just plain weird, only for the sake of being weird. It's such a hollow, shallow film, with the only meat on it being put on by its audience; that is, we're explaining what this movie means when really it's just two hours of shock value.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is a contrived piece of shameless filmmaking. No doubt it's a technical marvel in terms of camerawork, and Malcolm McDowell's performance is good, but the film is dull and just plain weird, only for the sake of being weird. It's such a hollow, shallow film, with the only meat on it being put on by its audience; that is, we're explaining what this movie means when really it's just two hours of shock value.
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6:40PM on 02/28/2013
Look
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6:50PM on 02/28/2013
Look, everyone's entitled to their opinion, but freedom of speech dosen't justify ignorance, and if ur going to slag off and criticise an iconic critically acclaimed cinema masterpiece, u better be able to bloody justify it!! You have ENTIRELY missed the point of the film! The entire reason for its critical acclaim and contreversy is because of its unparalleled sence of depth and scope and statement on modern British society! Not because of its 'shock value'! (a statement which by the way
Look, everyone's entitled to their opinion, but freedom of speech dosen't justify ignorance, and if ur going to slag off and criticise an iconic critically acclaimed cinema masterpiece, u better be able to bloody justify it!! You have ENTIRELY missed the point of the film! The entire reason for its critical acclaim and contreversy is because of its unparalleled sence of depth and scope and statement on modern British society! Not because of its 'shock value'! (a statement which by the way sounds like it came from the mouth of a elderly bigoted conservative!) it's A sad day when the next generation of film critics are philistines like you who can't tell classic cinema from a fucking hole in the ground
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3:39PM on 07/18/2012
This movie SUCKED on every level
This movie SUCKED on every level
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12:36PM on 07/18/2012

I agree!

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is a contrived piece of shameless filmmaking. No doubt it's a technical marvel in terms of camerawork, and Malcolm McDowell's performance is good, but the film is dull and just plain weird, only for the sake of being weird. It's such a hollow, shallow film, with the only meat on it being put on by its audience; that is, we're explaining what this movie means when really it's just two hours of shock value.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is a contrived piece of shameless filmmaking. No doubt it's a technical marvel in terms of camerawork, and Malcolm McDowell's performance is good, but the film is dull and just plain weird, only for the sake of being weird. It's such a hollow, shallow film, with the only meat on it being put on by its audience; that is, we're explaining what this movie means when really it's just two hours of shock value.
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5:59PM on 07/28/2012
I believe Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is a masterpiece! I loved it!
I believe Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is a masterpiece! I loved it!
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11:50AM on 07/18/2012
I totally agree Alejandro.. technically is impressive and filled with symbolisms; yet not only is boring but it feels as a very vapid-snobbish film that YOU MUST LIKE if you are a true movie pasionado. BS! One might respect Mr Kubrick's work but that doesn't mean one must like this high collar red wine sipping film. I'd much rather take my Godfather Trilogy with a cold beer and a bloody hamburguer any day of the week.
I totally agree Alejandro.. technically is impressive and filled with symbolisms; yet not only is boring but it feels as a very vapid-snobbish film that YOU MUST LIKE if you are a true movie pasionado. BS! One might respect Mr Kubrick's work but that doesn't mean one must like this high collar red wine sipping film. I'd much rather take my Godfather Trilogy with a cold beer and a bloody hamburguer any day of the week.
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9:22AM on 07/18/2012

AMEN MY BROTHER

I've tried countless times to watch this poor excuse for a classic film and could never finish it. It doesn't feel like you are watching anything of interest except a bunch of punk kids acting like dicks. If i wanted to see that, I'd just pick up my nephews and watch them. Great article.
I've tried countless times to watch this poor excuse for a classic film and could never finish it. It doesn't feel like you are watching anything of interest except a bunch of punk kids acting like dicks. If i wanted to see that, I'd just pick up my nephews and watch them. Great article.
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5:49PM on 07/18/2012
While I respect opinion, I feel there are some films that shouldn't be touched. Clockwork Orange is one of those. It's a masterpiece, and we should be thankful it exists for it's contribution to filmmaking. I feel much the same about Kane. There are just some films that shouldn't be touched in the sense of what this article does. Can we lay off he renowned classics and focus on films that truly deserve their place in an article like this. Not to disrespect what you do, and you obviously have
While I respect opinion, I feel there are some films that shouldn't be touched. Clockwork Orange is one of those. It's a masterpiece, and we should be thankful it exists for it's contribution to filmmaking. I feel much the same about Kane. There are just some films that shouldn't be touched in the sense of what this article does. Can we lay off he renowned classics and focus on films that truly deserve their place in an article like this. Not to disrespect what you do, and you obviously have honest opinions about the film, but when you start touching on these kinds of classics (two weeks in a row, none the less), it comes off as sensationalistic.
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4:02PM on 07/18/2012
Didn't bother reading the article because when it comes to a movie like A Clockwork Orange, most people don't like it because its a movie they do not understand. To me I believe thus movie was made with the intention of not being understood, & its crap to say its too shocking to enjoy & was simply made for shock value. The movie starts out shocking & violent & then gets weird & goes all over the place when they try to warp Alex's mind & then really has no effective conclusion. This is what i
Didn't bother reading the article because when it comes to a movie like A Clockwork Orange, most people don't like it because its a movie they do not understand. To me I believe thus movie was made with the intention of not being understood, & its crap to say its too shocking to enjoy & was simply made for shock value. The movie starts out shocking & violent & then gets weird & goes all over the place when they try to warp Alex's mind & then really has no effective conclusion. This is what i think turns people off about A Clockwork Orange. The majority of Kubricks films are very easily misunderstood but the way they are made & his attention to detail & mutliple takes are what made him a different filmmaker. To me David Fincher is the Stanley Kubrick of this movie generation.
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5:43AM on 07/18/2012

THANK YOU

I completely agree with you, I couldn't have written this article better myself and I've never understood why this movie was so loved. I get that it's disturbing and unique, especially at the time, but the whole movie is pointless. Alex never changes his ways and all the treatment he goes through is useless. I was into the movie when he and his gang were together in the beginning but once his treatment starts the whole thing goes down hill. Overall this film ended up being quite boring and the
I completely agree with you, I couldn't have written this article better myself and I've never understood why this movie was so loved. I get that it's disturbing and unique, especially at the time, but the whole movie is pointless. Alex never changes his ways and all the treatment he goes through is useless. I was into the movie when he and his gang were together in the beginning but once his treatment starts the whole thing goes down hill. Overall this film ended up being quite boring and the character of Alex becomes useless and one dimensional. I haven't read the book but if they had added in the final chapter like TheGrimaceOR said down there then the movie would have actually meant something in the end, without it this movie is just a pointless, artistic shock factor film.
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4:45AM on 07/18/2012

one of the worst unpopular opinions,meh!

u r nuts,brother! Farts to ur article.its ur awful bad luck that u didnt like this, one of the most influential and disturbing films of all time.its a flawless piece of art.all kubrick's films r masterpieces.He is the only director who achieved the feat of makin masterpieces in many different genres.dumbos cant get his films.
u r nuts,brother! Farts to ur article.its ur awful bad luck that u didnt like this, one of the most influential and disturbing films of all time.its a flawless piece of art.all kubrick's films r masterpieces.He is the only director who achieved the feat of makin masterpieces in many different genres.dumbos cant get his films.
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