June 11, 2012 | 9:03 a.m.
The 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival is history now but before we move on (yes, Comic-Con awaits) we wanted to share an email that came in from James Gelberg, a bright and remarkably poised 15-year-old who attends Valley Christian High School in Cerritos. In his freshman year Gelberg started a Classic Film Club and asked if I would stop by for a club screening of “Batman” for a Q&A with the members. That led to a great visit, and when Gelberg asked if we needed an eager volunteer during the festival I told him he could help out with our expanded trivia contests by keeping track of questions, handing out prizes, etc. This is his account of the weekend, which started with an already-scheduled school trip to San Diego and then a mad dash back to the festival at L.A. Live. If you’d told me […]
June 07, 2012 | 1:06 p.m.
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 […]
April 26, 2012 | 12:07 p.m.
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 […]
Sept. 16, 2011 | 11:06 a.m.
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.
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.
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 […]
June 07, 2011 | 6:57 a.m.
James T. Kirk plunged to his death some 17 years ago in the film “Star Trek: Generations,“ and Malcolm McDowell played the villain who sent him on his way — but the actor says that in hindsight he wishes the lion of Starfleet had been given a more memorable offing. “It was a paltry screen moment in a situation that called for something dramatic and inspired, something spectacular, even,” McDowell said. I sat down recently with McDowell to discuss the 40th anniversary of ”A Clockwork Orange,” but at the end of breakfast, the topic turned to the 1994 Starfleet movie that sent Kirk beyond the final frontier but did so in ungainly fashion. The hero defined by his cosmic gusto essentially took a bad fall off some scaffolding on a bleak, rocky planet. It’s a topic that comes up whenever McDowell runs into William Shatner, the colorful sci-fi […]