Both Anthony Burgess’s novel and Stanley Kubrick’s subsequent adaption of “A Clockwork Orange” are not for the faint-hearted. The film was shrouded in controversy, and it’s no wonder why. The plot centers around Alex DeLarge, a violently twisted criminal who commits horrific atrocities.
Not only was the subject matter and depictions of violence offensive and disturbing to audiences, but the film reportedly inspired “copycat criminals” who sadly committed similar crimes following the film’s release. The real-life violence even prompted Kubrick to pull the film from cinemas.
With three separate timelines included in the film, "The Fountain" is bound to be confusing. This 2006 movie prompted viewers to demand an explanation for the many bewildering elements when they first saw it.
However, director Darren Aronofsky refused to ruin the symbolism of the film by giving a clear answer. He stated, “It’s a film that’s a journey, and it’s a trip, and it’s an experience throughout the meditation of a lot of these questions.” If you look at the movie through that lens, you can see that it’s about the process of coming to terms with one’s mortality.
James Cameron's epic romance had...titanic...success when it was released in 1997 and still stands today as one of the most beloved films of all time. Not to mention it instantly shot Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet into the Hollywood royalty realm.
The film's record-breaking success didn't mean it was free from controversy behind the scenes. Not only was it six months behind schedule, but it also reportedly went $100 million over budget. Yes, you read that correctly. $100 million! Even worse, over 60 crew members fell severely ill after having their lunch spiked with PCP. While the culprit has never been caught, it's assumed that it was a disgruntled crew member in response to the difficult working conditions Cameron created on set.
Most of you don’t need an introduction to "The Room." It’s widely considered to be the "Best-worst film ever made," full of convoluted plotlines, incredibly bad editing, horrible music, and some of the worst acting you’ve ever seen. While many believed that it was a parody, it was actually a completely serious film made by and starring the mysterious Tommy Wiseau.
The film has gained a cult following since its abysmal release and is now one of the most popular bad films of all time. Many theaters in the United States have an annual theatrical showing of the film, and it’s always sold out with roaring and laughing fans. The 2017 film "The Disaster Artist" chronicles the bizarre behind-the-scenes shenanigans of how the film was made.
Prince of Persia
Movie adaptations of video games have a pretty rough history, much rougher than that of comic books. The odd choice to make the "Prince of Persia" series into a big-budget Hollywood flick came with Jake Gyllenhaal as the title character. They gave him all the long hair and scruffy beard they could, but it's just not that easy to turn Donnie Darko into a Middle-Eastern prince.
We're seeing more and more examples of opportunities to cast an appropriate actor squandered by Hollywood, which wants the biggest name attached to their project. While we're sure Jake and the filmmakers were disappointed with the criticism, Taylor Swift fans must have reveled in it!