Friday, December 2, 2011

RIP ken russell

Ken Russell died earlier this week, a man who made a range of weird and somehow commercially viable movies. Bad examples include Liszt-o-mania (Roger Daltrey starring in the sexually explicit episodes of classical pianist) and the Devils (clergy partaking in orgies). Good examples include Tommy (the Who’s Rock Opera) and Altered States (man combines too much acid and too much isolation tank and devolves into an ape and then a weird fleshy mass).


If you’ve never seen Tommy, you definitely should. It is highly disturbing and includes great performances by Elton John and Eric Clapton, who usually suck beyond belief. Plus, the soundtrack performances are lots better than what’s on the album/radio. Plus, it has Ann Margaret freaking out in a giant mess of mud/wine.


Altered States:


ape
weird fleshy mass