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Ken Russell United Kingdom, 1975

Jason's rating of the film Tommy

Precisely because it is mass-consumption popular culture, TOMMY demands to be appreciated as a malevolent aberration and completely messed-up. Therein lies the crux of its considerable charm. I say this as a person who has always believed the original album to be monumentally off-putting maximalist proto-stadium-rock trash. And it is. The music is nevertheless incorporated with a demented proficiency. Hellacious.