Movie Diary 1/23/2022

Altered States (Ken Russell, 1980). It doesn’t mind-bend you in the way it did in theaters (I saw it more than once that way), I think mostly because of the incredible sound design, but this is still a fine argument for derangement as a movie-making method. But at the same time, Russell’s focus on shapes and light ain’t entirely primitive, either. John Corigliano’s music is key to the whole thing. This was a helluva way to meet William Hurt.