Scorpio Rising

Scorpio Rising ★★★★★

The Devil In Your Eyes

I cannot escape Elvis lately. I mean, I'm not complaining, but everywhere I look, the guy's just there. I've spoken on it when it's this time of the year before, it would be an incomplete Pride Month without watching at least one Anger, and since it's been awhile, may as well go to the classic. I am now remembering that, in a random tweet last year thinking about what top five "comfort films" were, this was one of them. (The other four for those curious were Only God Forgives, At Eternity's Gate, Swiss Army Man, and Collateral.) I think I in particular took "comfort film" to be roughly synonymous with "movies I've seen a lot of times," and yep, this really fits that descriptor. (It will now be tied with Only God Forgives as the film I've watched the most since joining Letterboxd back in 2017.) So, I mean, what is it about the gay Nazi biker film that keeps me coming back to it? Its length certainly helps, as well as it likely possessing the best licensed soundtrack in movie history. I've found that when I need the right balance of being able to zone out while still being able to feel something, this is a quick way to get that. On this viewing in particular, keeping in mind the current status of the world and social and political turmoil within the States, I was thinking about how much I love the LGBTQ+ community and how much I hate Nazis and anyone that takes pride in fascism or bigotry. This film I then perhaps love so much because Kenneth Anger created as compact of a cocktail as possible about what I love and despite about the United States the most. It's as American as apple pie and fireworks because it portrays both overwhelming freedom and totally crushing death and wanton destruction. Anger doesn't shy away from either, and in the process, you get this for some very understandably triggering but for others revelatory and fascinating mixing of the passions that come from both relentless love and relentless fury. Some folks just want to live, and others think they can't truly live unless the people they don't like aren't living. It's quite the world we live in. This world is oppressive and kaleidoscopic in how dizzying it can be, but hey, the music's great.


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