A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971). The ironist in Kubrick revels in scene after scene. Malcolm McDowell is remarkable, and what a change it makes going from the pallid lifeform actors of 2001 to his nervy presence. Some scenes are so deliberate and almost painfully drawn-out that it gives the lie to the speculation that maybe Eyes Wide Shut hadn’t quite been tightened up by Stanley before he died. Same Stanley. The movie certainly stands on its own, even the things that seem like missteps. And it’s still my least favorite Kubrick picture.
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (Michael Jai White, 2011). The formidable Mr. White (Mr. Jai White?) also stars in this film, which is better than the first Never Back Down. Let the firestorm of controversy begin.