The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup
The best thing about what most people consider Stanely Kubrick’s magnum opus is that, any night it’s on, you almost don’t have to consider what else might be in the running. It’s that firetrucking good.
Today’s Number One Film:
A Clockwork Orange, 7.40pm Cinemax. Watch this if you liked Blade Runner, American History X or Children of Men. His best film, for many people, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel has the same ending as the US version of the book – and few cinefiles would argue against choosing as the last frame that strangely loving shot of Malcom McDowell’s face contorted dreadfully as he imagines evil actions. With staggering violence set against the backdrop of hauntingly beautiful classical music – Ludwig Van features heavily, and devastatingly – A Clockwork Orange’s bleak vision of a future in which young men run riot did not impress the critics at home in England. After a woman was attacked by a gang singing, “Singing in the Rain”, Kubrick withdrew it from general release. Almost 50 years on, it remains spellbinding. Recommended like a milk-plus. Viddy well, little droogs, the American Film Institute’s 46th best film of all time. Directed by Stanley Kubrick/ 1971/ UK-USA/ Crime-Drama-Thriller-Sci-fi/ 136 mins/ Unrated but at least an R for violence including rape, gang-rape and bludgeoning, all involving teens!
JUST NOSED OUT:
**The Imitation Game (Bio-Drama-History-Thriller), 6.41pm Max; Man on the Moon (Bio-Drama), 7pm Sund; **The Hunger Games Uncut (Sci-fi-Thriller), 9pm HBOP; Watchmen (Superhero), 6.20pm FoxAct; **MI: Rogue Nation (Spy Thriller), 6.40pm CnCl; **The Jungle Book (Animated-Adventure-Thriller), 9pm HBOF; Great Expectations (Drama), 9.35pm FoxFam; Zoolander (Ben Stiller Comedy), 9pm FoxCom; The Birdcage (Comedy-LGBT), 7pm DTV; **Ant-Man (Superhero), 7pm HBO;
BEST Pay Per View BET: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Ch 402.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last year. ** Double-starred films have been chosen in the last two months.
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