“Altered States” mixes psychedelic assaults on the senses, existentialist themes, and Cronenberg-esque body horror in a fascinating way, and a young William Hurt in his film debut carries the movie without problems. The film is trippy and creative and features several striking visuals and intriguing ideas. I wasn´t invested in the romance, though, since I found it rather stilted, and the ending isn´t fully satisfying, either. Nevertheless, after having seen only this and “The Devils”, I can already say that I love the way Ken Russell made movies.
“Amuck!” feels more like an erotic thriller than a giallo, since it dials up the sex and unsettling atmosphere and lacks the kills and murder mystery. The balance is a bit off for me, and the plot is quite dull. Nevertheless, the film has several things going for it. Most importantly, the gorgeous Barbara Bouchet is radiating in the lead role, and her cat and mouse game with Rosalba Neri and Farley Granger is entertaining. Furthermore, the movie features compelling…
This was my first cinema visit since the beginning of March, so for that reason alone, it was a memorable event for me.
“Tenet” itself is Christopher Nolan being more Nolan than ever, for better or worse. You just have to admire his originality, ambition, and desire to push the limits of the medium as well as the uncompromising way with which he executes his vision. “Tenet” is a challenging and cerebral high concept sci fi film with an interesting…
“The Devils” is an audacious, uncompromising, haunting, and delightfully blasphemous masterpiece. Like “Black Narcissus” on acid and with much more bite. It´s only fitting that the movie is partly about celibacy because Ken Russell also didn´t give a fuck, when he made one of cinema´s most provocative movies.
Of course, “The Devils” wouldn´t be as acclaimed as it is if the provocation was only used for shock value. At its core, the film is a layered, hard-hitting, and insightful meditation…