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"Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven."
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem... but not all goes to plan.
A Clockwork Orange is exhilarating, perverse and thought provoking all at the same time. A technical achievement from master director Stanley Kubrick, virtuoso and boundary pushing filmmaking at its best. So many memorable shots litter the screen. Alex, played by Malcolm McdDowell, is possibly the most evil, despicable character ever put on screen, but is scarily charming and sympathetic. Kubrick displays his talents by somehow getting us to like and care about this little monster. Its probably because the world around him is equally monstrous and vile, the government willing to bypass a man's will in order to prevent crime, gangs of youths who care not for society. The film is set in a dystopian future, with a post modern look and pop art decoration and costumes. The use of music is commendable, and the opening theme played during the credits is just as disturbing and exciting as the film that follows. The point of the film is that we aren't human if we don't have control over our own desires, that having free will is crucial to society, even if some people want to do nothing but harm others. Its also a comment on human nature, that our will is the source of our evil nature, but again without it we aren't human. A Clockwork Orange is a masterpiece in its highest form.
"They're making memories tonight!"
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.
Perennial Christmas classic about George Bailey (Stewart's best acting performance, one for the time capsule), an idealistic dreamer whose out-of-reach plans for himself are constantly set aside for his family and the town he helped in more ways than one. One of the best films ever made about a man's universal struggle with what he wants and what he does resulting with the immortal question: What would life be like if I were never born? Stewart's performance depicts every emotion superbly and facing suicide shows just what a complex character interpretation he has. His salvation comes in the form of Clarence, his guardian angel still trying to earn his wings, who shows him exactly how things would be had he not existed. Best scene: after Stewart is refused entrance by his mother he races into an intense wide/close-up and the registering of fear, horror and finally understanding that spreads across his face is ultimately moving, chilling and heart-breaking all at once. My favorite moment; if you're not moved by this, you 're simply not human. Dare not to sing along at the end to "Auld Lang Syne" and dare not to cry. Definitely a film ahead of its time (originally a box-office flop and snubbed royally at the Oscars losing largely to the WWII American classic "The Best Years of Our Lives"). Frank Capra's masterpiece was his and Stewart's personal favorite films.