Holly Hunter is the third-billed actor, and that’s outrageous. She has proven repeatedly—and Broadcast News is no exception—that she is a goddamn legend. She’s the best thing about this movie. She practically forces William Hurt and Albert Brooks to dig deeper, to add another layer, to be better, to get on her fucking level. Constructive and generous, that’s the best kind of scene partner... This movie would not be what it is without her. Give Holly Hunter more roles, movie people!
At times, Of Human Bondage is fairly cinematically progressive. It employs some camera and editing techniques that would be considered pretty unusual for 1934. The narrative tempo, though, is off.
But, if for anything, watch this for Bette Davis. She displays an unhinged style of performance that was truly extraordinary for the era. Hollywood owes her a lot. (Even if her character accent in this is, um, questionable...)
That insatiable need to understand oneself--existentially, sexually, spiritually--drives many of Russell's protagonists, and Hurt's obsessed-scientist-gone-too-far fits that mold perfectly...
Uncanny and aggressive, Altered States is perhaps the director's most unhinged film--brought together with Chayefsky's imaginative story and Cronenweth's remarkable cinematography