61 – A Clockwork Orange (1971)

I was looking at some grafitti in the background and i think i spotted a Predator reference.

I was looking at some grafitti in the background and i think i spotted a Predator reference.

A Clockwork Orange was banned for some 20+ years in Ireland.When it was un-banned about 10 years ago was when i first saw it.They were selling DVDs cheap in Tower Records and i think my brother bought one.It’s another Kubrick film adapted from an Anthony Burgess novel of the same name.I have to say i don’t really like A Clockwork Orange the film.I dislike films with rapes and stuff like that in them,it makes me lose my faith in humanity for some reason.I read the book before the film and enjoyed it.I heard that Burgess had about 4 books he was trying to peddle to publishers but none were biting.Then one picked up on ACO and he made it big.He then slowly published his other novels as ‘new material’ he had just written.All the while they were just sitting in his desk in his house.Sly.After watching the film i knew it wasn’t for me,that’s not to say it’s not a good film.There’s a few good digs at the prison system and how they don’t want to spend money rehabilitating prisoners but are looking for the quick fix where they can save money,who cares if it’s not tried and tested.There are some interesting scenes and the sound track is totes-amazeballs.About 2 months after watching the film i went out and bought the Soundtrack. The film has an alternative ending to the novel.Also with the conditioning Alex gets did all the doctors not think what would happen if he had to defend himself?Or if someone found out he had the treatment they could exploit his weaknesses?

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WORTH IT JUST FOR THE SOUNDTRACK.

136 – Strangers on a Train (1951)

i was framed i tell ye,framed!

i was framed i tell ye,framed!

The best Hitchcock so far and once again it’s about ‘the perfect murder’.All three films I’ve watched so far have pretty much the same story.Guy thinks he has the perfect crime,commits said crime,blabs about it in public and gets caught.What makes this one a step above the others are all the clever camera effects he uses.Here’s a few I’ll mention:The one in the picture of the murder reflected in the victims glasses that lay on the ground,the lighter glowing in the woman’s eyes in a later scene and finally the scene where Guy hits Bruno in the face.The film is called Strangers on a Train but the title is incorrect.While Guy knows nothing about Bruno,Bruno knows everything about Guy.You see Guy is a tennis player and has some celebrity status and is in the media.The basis plot is they both have someone they want dead so why not switch.Criss-cross.Bruno is serious and follows through much to Guys amazement. In the end Bruno turns out to be a mental case.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  SO MANY FILMS HAVE RIFFED ON THIS PLOT.WATCH THE ORIGINAL.