Monday, November 28, 2011

AFI 70 - A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Netflix sleeve: In this Stanley Kubrick classic based on Anthony Burgess's novel, teenage miscreant Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) wanders aimlessly amid a bleak, futuristic urban landscape, drinking drugged milk and listening to Beethoven with his fellow "droogs." But he also spends his time stealing, raping and beating innocent people in nihilistic orgies of violence, all in an attempt to get his nightly kicks.

Uh... That movie was effed up. I think that I was ill prepared for just how disturbing this picture was. Before this, my earliest exposure to Malcolm McDowell was when he was the bad guy in Star Trek: Generations. His Star Trek villain pales in comparison to the psychopath he plays in this thing. I need to figure out some way to get the shower to reach my brain so I can scrub out these images.


  1. It is a disturbing movie - based on a book of course. It's also one of my very favorite movies & of Malcom McDowell. Twisted, messed up, but for sure an insight in to the world of craziness & brainwashing. Maybe it's the psychology degree ;-)

  2. I will say, the part with the reprogramming was something I could understand. Definitely the psych degree.

  3. I did see it a few years ago and I was disturbed as well. I think what surprised me the most was the unbridled and remorseless violence for his character. Now looking back I have a reference for the assassin in "No Country for Old Men" of which I read the book and watched the movie. the Sherrif's response to this type of person is how I felt about Malcolm McDowell in Clockwork Orange.