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.

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111 – Snatch (2000)

This is a retarded scene.The case is handcuffed to a dead guy.What do you do?Chop off his hand and slip off the cuffs?Wrong.You cut off his arm and carry it around with the case still cuffed to it.Richie grow a fucking brain.

This is a retarded scene.The case is handcuffed to a dead guy.What do you do?Chop off his hand and slip off the cuffs?Wrong.You cut off his arm and carry it around with the case still cuffed to it.Richie grow a fucking brain.

Plot holes,plot holes and more plot holes. Fuck,where do i begin?Lets see,okay,Tommys little monologue about cows and how the human digestives system hasn’t got used to dairy products is bullshit.May i refresh your memory buddy;breast milk and breast feeding,ring a bell?And then there’s the issue of the 2 replica guns.Replica guns that can shoot blanks?Come on Richie what do you take the viewer for?As for the Russian let me ask you this question.You have your hands cuffed together and a bag on your head and you escape,what’s the first thing you do?Bring your hands up to your head and remove the bag?No.You run around blind and early in the film Boris agrees to pay the two black guys 50 grand for the job and when they do it he says “here’s the 10 grand as agreed” where the fuck is the other 40?Also a replica gun can blow 4 windows in a car out in 1 shot while as an actual gun shot 3 times six inches from a window does nothing.It’s retarded stuff like this that makes this movie un-watchable for me.There’s a thousand things wrong with this film and only one right thing.Brad Pitts pikey character,great accent and every scene is pretty good.I won’t go into the plot too much but it follow the basic Richie formula:London gangsters,good guys owe money,things look bad,okay in the end.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    7.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY LIKE SNATCH AS ITS FAR UP ON THE LIST.PERSONALLY IT’S NOT FOR ME.

140 – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

I'll just throw my box of stuff right down these strairs

I’ll just throw my box of stuff right down these

stairsA Guy Richie film,fuck where do i begin?I think if you’re going to watch one of his films do just that.Watch ONLY one because they all have the exact same plot.There’s two groups ,good guys and bad guys.The good guys get fucked over by the bad guys and have X amount of days to sort it.They finally sort it.They they get ripped off or there’s a shoot out.Things look bad and finally it all works out okay in the end.All the while this formula is set in a London gangster scene.Throw in 200 classic indie tracks and wahey you have a Guy Richie film.On wait i forgot,you need a voice over because evidently you’re not being spoon fed enough.No character development.No fatal flaws.No nothing.I find his films tripe and I’ve seen them all.But i can see how they appeal to the masses.Load enough music and drug references and Joe-public will like it.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  DON’T BOTHER.IF YOU HAVE TO WATCH ONE RICHIE FILM SEE SNATCH.