A Clockwork Orange

May 14, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

Malcolm McDowell to receive life career prize at Saturn Awards in June

All the droogs will shout and cheer. Malcolm McDowell, most famous for playing the eyeliner-wearing bad boy Alex DeLarge in “A Clockwork Orange,” directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novel, will be presented with the Life Career Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films at the 40th annual Saturday Awards in June. “I was invited into the woods when Kubrick cast me in the film but I couldn’t see the trees until years later,” McDowell told Hero Complex in a 2011 interview, when asked about his iconic performance. “For maybe 10 years, I resented it because everyone wanted me to repeat it. The best part for any actor is the next one and ‘Clockwork’ irritated me because it took that away at times.” Other winners of the Special Awards honors include writer-producer Byran Fuller (NBC’s […]
June 07, 2012 | 1:06 p.m.

Malcolm McDowell riffs (and rips) on ‘Trek,’ Kubrick, ‘Avengers’

HERO COMPLEX: THE SHOW Malcolm McDowell was on a roll, riffing (and ripping) on “The Avengers,” “Star Trek,” Stanley Kubrick, Peter Sellers and Hollywood. Then he caught himself. “This is going to be on the bloody Internet isn’t it? I keep forgetting about this [expletive] Internet.” Well, the Internet isn’t going to forget this interview anytime soon. The third episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” is a special “on-stage” edition with the firebrand actor from “A Clockwork Orange,” “Time After Time,” “Star Trek: Generations,” “If…”  and  “Caligula.” McDowell, soon to be filming “Monster Butler” in Scotland, served up plenty of dish too, weighing in on “The Avengers” (“mindless crap”), Patrick Stewart in “Trek” films (might as well “watch paint dry”) and his perspective on killing Capt. James T. Kirk (“I did them a favor”). He also spoke at length about the legacy […]
May 11, 2012 | 11:01 a.m.

Hero Complex Film Festival: A weekend guide with wax-pack fun

It’s almost here — we’re just one week from the start of the 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival and with the franchise in its third year we’ve moved to a sweet new home (Regal Cinemas at LA Live, where in September we brought you a 30th anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with Steven Spielberg and surprise guest Harrison Ford) and expanded the program (four days now with more than a dozen guests, including three that haven’t been announced). To get a bead on the festival, peruse the photo gallery above — be sure to click the “CAPTIONS ON” option if you don’t see text across the bottom of each image — and you’ll get a snapshot description of all of eight of our separately ticketed screenings. The box here on the right leads to the ticketing page. And how about those fun images in the gallery? […]
April 26, 2012 | 12:07 p.m.

‘Clockwork Orange’ returns May 19 with Malcolm McDowell in person

This year marks the 50th  anniversary of the Anthony Burgess novel “A Clockwork Orange” while director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation recently celebrated its 40th anniversary . So what better time to revisit a bit of the old ultra-violence? On May 19, the Hero Complex Film Festival will welcome special guest Malcolm McDowell, who delivered the performance of a lifetime in the 1971 Kubrick classic but walked away with complicated feelings toward the film and the filmmaker. The actor, who just received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will talk about that personal journey, his memories of Burgess and reflections on a long and vivid career (which includes “If…,” “Time After Time,” “Caligula” and the unsatisfying murder of Capt. James T. Kirk). The Q&A starts at 4 p.m. and will followed by a screening of “A Clockwork Orange,” which was banned in England for more than […]
Dec. 19, 2011 | 9:53 a.m.

‘A Clockwork Orange’: Kubrick classic arrived 40 years ago today

Forty years ago today, Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” arrived in U.S. theaters and immediately scorched a place in cinema history. To look back at the anger and art, Finnish film journalist Juhani Nurmi sat down with the late Kubrick’s brother-in-law and longtime collaborator, Jan Harlan, to write the following article for Hero Complex. The German-born Harlan (brother of  Christiane Harlan Kubrick) was an executive producer on four Kubrick feature films (“Barry Lyndon” in 1975, “The Shining” in 1980, “Full Metal Jacket” in 1987 and “Eyes Wide Shut” in 1999.) He also directed the documentary “Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures” in 2001. The flames of controversy surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” his 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel, rose as high as those sparked by the director’s version of “Lolita” approximately nine years earlier. Now, in retrospect, it is all too easy to see “A […]
Sept. 16, 2011 | 11:06 a.m.

Malcolm McDowell on Kubrick, killing Kirk and ‘Entourage’ [video]

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of “A Clockwork Orange,” the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is screening the film tonight at a sold-out tribute to Malcolm McDowell. Stanley Kubrick’s transgressive vision has influenced many of today’s top filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton, but  McDowell told Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher that he’s only recently begun to appreciate the “revolutionary” film in which he starred. Boucher is hosting tonight’s tribute. Hero Complex readers can watch the onstage discussion with McDowell at 7:30 p.m. PDT. Tune in to the livestream video below. [UPDATE: Here’s footage from the sold-out event.] RECENT AND RELATED: McDowell finally appreciates “A Clockwork Orange” Spielberg: “Stanley Kubrick never really leaves” McDowell: Kirk deserved a better death scene Tim Burton’s “Clockwork Orange” vomit memory “Black Swan”: Taking a page from Kubrick Ford: Today’s special-effects films are soulless […]
Sept. 16, 2011 | 4:44 a.m.

‘Clockwork Orange’: Malcolm McDowell finally appreciates classic

With his bloodied cane and black bowler, Malcolm McDowell became a signature symbol of brutal youth in 1971’s “A Clockwork Orange” but the actor says he couldn’t truly appreciate that angry young man until he himself was old enough to comb white hair. “For years, I didn’t see the same film everybody saw,” the 67-year-old actor said recently. “It was 10 years ago in Los Angeles when I went to a screening of it and I couldn’t believe what I saw, the accomplishment of the movie, the pure talent of [director] Stanley Kubrick. In truth, that’s when I began to look back in a different way.” The movie’s 40th anniversary won’t arrive until a week before Christmas but the commemoration began months ago. The movie was also shown with great fanfare at the Cannes Film Festival in May, as was […]
Sept. 15, 2011 | 3:17 p.m.

Tim Burton’s ‘Clockwork Orange’ memory? Backseat vomit

Sitting in the dark with “A Clockwork Orange” is a rite of passage for many moviegoers and young Tim Burton was no different. “It looms quite large,” Burton said of Stanley Kubrick’s dark 1971 classic. “I remember I saw that movie at a drive-in on one of the first dates I ever had. It was a double bill of ‘Clockwork Orange’ and ‘Deliverance.’ My girlfriend got drunk, and I remember watching ‘Clockwork Orange’ and her throwing up the backseat while I just sat there and watched the movie.” This year marks the 40th anniversary of the transgressive film that starred Malcolm McDowell. Friday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen “A Clockwork Orange” at a sold-out tribute to McDowell. (Hero Complex’s own Geoff Boucher will be interviewing the actor on stage before the screening.) The film was […]
Sept. 13, 2011 | 7:20 p.m.

Steven Spielberg: ‘Stanley Kubrick never really leaves’

This year marks the 40th anniversary of “A Clockwork Orange,” and while some argue that the dystopian satire has lost a bit of its original shock value, Steven Spielberg says the years have only added to the effect of the ultraviolent Stanley Kubrick masterpiece. “The movie hasn’t worn out its welcome at all,” Spielberg said. “Like all of Kubrick’s films, it’s still a cautionary tale that continues to occur in the world. It was considered a revolutionary film when it came out but not really a prophetic film. But like all of Kubrick’s films it turned out to be more prophetic than is reasonable or comfortable.” This Friday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen “A Clockwork Orange” at a sold-out tribute to the career of star Malcolm McDowell. (I will be interviewing McDowell on stage […]
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