I woke up to the news that director, occasional actor and frequent bad boy Ken Russell has died at 84. This is a great loss because when he was serious and actually making a serious film there was no one better.
Russell had always been one of my favorite directors, having made a series of films (Tommy, The Devils, Liztomania, Altered States) that pushed everyone's buttons. While he made a film or two that among the very worst I've seen (Fall of the Louse of Usher anyone?), he managed to make some of my favorites as well (Altered States and The Devils) simply because the films made you stop and think about things in a new way.
He will be missed.
(Reviews of The Devils and a few other Russell films are in the cue so keep an eye out)