April 10, 1993 |
Malcolm McDowell scared the hell out of everyone a little over two decades ago when he played Alex, the violent, sadistic, usually stoned chief Droog in "A Clockwork Orange. " In it, he was the leader of a group of teen-agers, a cult, more or less, who spoke a language of their own, Nadsat - a mix of Anglicized Russian, Gypsy, rhyming slang and associative words. It would be hard to forget the image of him, bowler hat on his head, one eye ringed with painted false lashes, mouth curled in a smile - or was it a sneer?
October 7, 2010
10 tonight CHANNEL 3 Malcolm McDowell (right) reprises his role as cult leader Bret Stiles, who faces off with Patrick (Simon Baker, left) once again. This time, though, he's got some valuable information about the missing psychic.
April 27, 1989 |
What do the 1919 White Sox, a pair of mismatched brothers and an aging shoeshine man have in common? They're all subjects of winning films that arrive in video stores this week. EIGHT MEN OUT (1988) (Orion) $89.98. 120 minutes. Charlie Sheen, John Cusack, D.B. Sweeney, Christopher Lloyd. In the most notorious World Series in history, the 1919 Chicago White Sox, one of the all-time great baseball teams, began playing like the 1988 Phillies. The scandal that banned eight players from the game for life becomes an inspired and brilliant essay from John Sayles on our craving for heroes and our delight in dethroning them.
August 6, 1999 |
The people in "My Life So Far" are so rich and their problems so trivial, it would be easy to mistake it for a Hollywood movie, were it not for the burr. The movie, set in Scotland, is adapted from the autobiography of a British TV executive, and describes his formative years in the 1940s on an estate managed by his scheming father (Colin Firth), who believes he will make his fortune in moss. In some ways, the movie is about a boy coming to grips with the fact that is father is a buffoon, and the movie initially adopts a comic posture that suits this content.
March 9, 1999
Some directors make movies that clutch clumsily at emotion. Some splatter gore and noise mindlessly across the screen and call it daring. Stanley Kubrick, who died Sunday at 70, made movies that thought out loud - in ways that only movies, with their potent marriage of image and sound, can. That doesn't mean he was a captive of the art house. He made some films - from Spartacus to the mythic, mystifying 2001: A Space Odyssey - that had legs at the box office. He could work in blood-red - to the point, in the darkly prophetic A Clockwork Orange, of spawning outrage.
April 30, 2004 |
So far this year, Jim Caviezel has played a martyr twice onscreen - once as the Messiah in The Passion of the Christ and now as golfer Bobby Jones in Stroke of Genius. The film is a curious blend of tragedy and hagiography. Jones' brilliant if relatively brief career in the 1920s earned him a place in the golf pantheon rivaled only by Jack Nicklaus'. But if this film portrait is to be believed, never has someone so excelled at a discipline yet derived so little pleasure from it. From the time he took up the game as a neurasthenic youth in Georgia, golfing exacted a terrible toll on Jones' psyche and health.
May 11, 1990 |
Let's put it this way: You should go see Class of 1999 if you're the type of person who likes a movie in which students go to the dead of the class. The film features three inner-city schoolteachers who want to mold young minds. Understand, however, that they are a far cry from Our Miss Brooks and Welcome Back, Kotter. If you are a member of the class of 1999 at Seattle's Kennedy High and you flunk - you die. That's because your history, chemistry and gym teachers are attack androids programmed to terminate you if you don't learn your lessons.
March 15, 2008 |
The British are better at developing female action stars than we are, recognizing that high cheekbones and a supple trigger finger make an irresistible combination. First Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld movies and now Rhona Mitra in Doomsday, an intriguing if derivative sci-fi thriller. To play a deadly commando in the year 2035, Mitra, best known to American audiences for her stint on Boston Legal, has her hair cut in an ultra-angular shag so that she resembles Victoria Beckham on steroids.
November 1, 2002 |
The concept is sound: Recast the refreshingly subversive '60s television show I Spy - which propelled the careers of Bill Cosby and Robert Culp - with their counterparts Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson as a modern-day undercover agent 009 and superspy James Blond. The execution is so dumbed-down, so dumbfounding, that sophisticated moviegoers might confuse it for outtakes from Spy Kids 2 and XXX. Incredible, but true: It took the combined talents of four (count 'em) screenwriters, two comic geniuses and resourceful director Betty Thomas (maker of the hilarious Howard Stern bio Private Parts and that delightful The Brady Bunch Movie)
May 7, 1999 |
A Clockwork Orange is a timely offering, and not just because of the recent death of director Stanley Kubrick. The carnage in Littleton, Colo., makes this nightmare evocation of alienation and mindless violence among the young all the more visionary and prescient. If Kubrick's earlier vision of the future in 2001: A Space Odyssey perplexed some viewers, A Clockwork Orange, released in 1971, was tailored to shock them deeply. It took the satirical device of exaggeration of present trends into things to come.