11.27.2006

Hands Down Please: Weirdest Movie I've Ever Seen

Harold and Maude. Apparently it's a '70's "cult classic." Which makes some sense, especially since Cat Stevens did all the music.

Despite the fact that Cat Stevens has done some good music, if you haven't seen that movie, I don't suggest bothering. Unless, of course, you happen to like straaaaange.

Cheesy, I can often enjoy (The Russians are Coming, anyone?) Silly, I can take rather well--Dumb and Dumber was funny, as was Shanghai Noon. Bizarre, however... I've never quite gotten used to that genre.

If you liked Arsenic and Old Lace, then Harold and Maude, its somewhat poignant cousin, is the movie for you.

Call me a wimp, but I think I'll stick with Surf Ninjas.

6 comments:

  1. "Insanity runs in our family. It practically gallops."

    I love arsenic and old lace. I think because Cary Grant is such a ham. All that mugging for the camera. And Teddy. How can you help but love an insane man who thinks the staircase is San Juan hill, and the cellar is Panama Canal?

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  2. Never seen "A Clockwork Orange", have ya?

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  3. Okay, Jessi, I have to admit that Teddy made me laugh. The rest of the movie, well... it just wasn't my style. That is a good one-liner, though :-D

    No, Chris, I haven't seen "A Clockwork Orange." Is it as weird as its title sounds?

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  4. One day back when I was a senior in high school, one of my friends came into English class talking about how he'd rented "A Clockwork Orange" over the weekend. "That's the most torn-up movie I've EVER seen!", Joel told us.

    So naturally, I had to go and rent it too.

    It's a VERY violent movie, with some extremely graphic scenes of rape, brutality, and drugs. It might be the most violent movie I've ever seen. But... and this isn't just me, a lot of people have said this over the past 35 years or so since it came out... it's a movie with an EXTREMELY strong Christian message. I think there's actually quite a few of them in "A Clockwork Orange". Most obvious is the question of whether a man can be *made* to be good, or whether he must *choose* to be good. I've also heard one person say that, more than any other movie, this one forces to you think about what the world is really like without God in it: a place completely without forgiveness.

    It's a very different movie from anything you've probably ever seen, or probably ever will. I'd definitely recommend it. It's easily one of my most favorite movies of all time.

    It was made by Stanley Kubrick: the same guy who did "Dr. Strangelove", "2001: A Space Odyssey", "The Shining" and "Full Metal Jacket". And that's a really young Malcolm McDowell playing Alex, the main character.

    I just wish that the final scene in the movie was the last one from the original novel. If you watch it I'll tell you what that was (don't want to spoil anything for you :-) The book was written by Anthony Burgess: a British author with a very strong Christian faith, I might add.

    Okay, 'nuff from me: go watch "A Clockwork Orange" sometime :-)

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  5. Oh yeah, I almost forgot: "A Clockwork Orange" has a really amazing music soundtrack (including the Beethoven stuff).

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  6. "Surf Ninjas"...wow...I hadn't thought about that movie in a loooong time...I miss it...we should see it in January for old time's sake :) So, Maybe I should see this movie...I think straaange is right up my alley ;)

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