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message 1: by Alex DeLarge (last edited Aug 05, 2008 11:19AM) (new)

Alex DeLarge | 851 comments I saw this in the theatre in '94 and thought it laugh out loud funny. No doubt one of the darkest satires I've ever seen: makes A CLOCKWORK ORANGE seem like a Disney escapade.

NATURAL BORN KILLERS (Oliver Stone, 1994, USA) A psychopathic love story about Mickey and Mallory: two media darlings whose romantic and murderous travelogue feeds their demented desire to burn down the world. They call this freedom: we call it murder. Oliver Stone creates a self-aware, slickly edited, bombastic, malignant and superficial montage that actually becomes the very thing it sets out to condemn: this is militant satire at its best! The title itself removes all responsibility from the scar-crossed lovers because they aren’t bad by choice: they were created that way. Like the parable of the snake they are only true to their nature. But Oliver Stone wants to take this idea a step further and condemn the media as giving birth to this sickly phenomenon, reporters as midwife to the carnage. Wayne Gayle becomes a guilty accomplice to murder; he ceases to observe the news and actually creates it, changes it… and probably gets the highest ratings in TV history. But who creates the media? Is it you and I? Stone believes that we are morally culpable, co-defendants in the depravity because we can choose not to watch, to turn off the news, and pull the plug. In doing so he accepts a guilty verdict himself: in adducing the problem he becomes the problem itself. I believe that is the power of this film. We experience the film’s reality through the rose (or blood?) colored glasses of Mickey: he is the god of his own world and we are nothing but his victims. This is true malignant narcissism. His love for Mallory is the only cure to his madness, the Cupid’s arrow that can slay the demon. But that’s a lie: they kill for pleasure and attention. It’s this common bond that excites them and draws them closer. Death makes them feel alive. Despite their promise, there always seems to be one more to kill. Mickey and Mallory have spawned progeny who can continue to play their funny games: I have seen the future and it’s murder. (B)

This would make an interesting double feature with Michael Haneke's FUNNY GAMES.


message 2: by Faith (new)

Faith Quick (faithbquick) | 81 comments i watched this movie in the theatre in 94 also and i have to say it intoxicated me. i felt almost drugged. sent to an alternate way of thinking, feeling. it transformed me.

i still feel a little taken away when i listen to the soundtrack. especially when "woody" is doing his indian chant thing. ahhhh. i must say a powerful movie.

which is why i saw it in the movie theatre four times and never saw it again. cuz deep down i feel the evil of the film course through.

what can i say this was an amazing movie! evil. but amazing! one that has to been seen at least once. if not three times.


message 3: by Serena (new)

Serena | 44 comments I've not seen this one in ages. We'll have to take another watch and see if it stands the test of time. I remember it had an incredibly good soundtrack.


message 4: by Tressa (last edited Aug 06, 2008 07:39AM) (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) Faith, you have perfectly summed up my feelings for this movie. I remember seeing it in the theatre with my sister, who hated it. I was loving how surreal and fast paced it was, but I think I got my fill of it back then. I've never watched it again, nor do I have the desire to.

The movie is very violent, and what makes it worse for me is the reaction to the violence. More of a cheering on for the killers than a regret and sadness for the victims. Two scenes I have a hard time watching are the diner scene and when Mickey and Mallory are shown in the hotel room, and eventually the camera cuts to a corner where a terrified girl is gagged and tied up. Very nauseating.

I do have the heart-pulsing soundtrack. Love "Shit List" and Cowboy Junkies' "Sweet Jane."

Robert Downey and Tommy Lee Jones were fantastic. Too bad Juliette Lewis couldn't keep her promising career on track.


message 5: by Faith (new)

Faith Quick (faithbquick) | 81 comments ah sweet jane! love that song!

i agree tressa! i think the main repulsion is how i found myself cheering on the killers. and those scenes! wow! vividly imprinted forever in my head!


message 6: by Crystal (new)

Crystal | 118 comments I still have the soundtrack!!!

I still watch this movie from time to time. I think that Lost Highway goes well with this movie too.


What do you think?



message 7: by Tera (TheBookishAbyss) (last edited Aug 17, 2008 09:47AM) (new)

Tera (TheBookishAbyss) Rob, I'm with you. I have a difficult time watching any film with Juliette Lewis as I find her annoying in any role. She plays the same character over and over with no substance or depth. As a matter of fact, I was getting this movie confused with Kalifornia...another Lewis bomb, IMO, which is a shame because I really enjoy Brad Pitt's acting in most roles and I'll watch David Duchovny no matter what role he plays. I am also not a big fan of Woody Harrelson. I find both of these films lacking in the intellect department and rather offensive in how the audience is treated as an unthinking entity. Plotlines are overly predictable and characters in general are shallow, lacking the characteristics that make them real or capable of being related to.

Personally, I found A Clockwork Orange much more disturbing than NBK.


message 8: by Manuel (new)

Manuel | 469 comments I remember I saw it and I got the joke.
I felt the ending was very satisfying.

Not sure if I ever care to see it again.


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