Alex Hengen

Alex Hengen


Alex, 35 but I feel 35

steadily increasing the sum of human filmgoing

i love films... please open my brain up and pour them in

Favorite films

  • The Third Man
  • Blade Runner
  • Oldboy
  • Children of Men

Recent activity

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture


  • Eternals


  • Scanners


  • Phantasm


Pinned reviews

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai


    First time I've rewatched this since before I thought films mattered (a very long time) and watching this is honestly what I would imagine witnessing a miracle is like.

    It's a stunning and humbling watch. One that takes room (so many minutes) and defies runtime by way of sublime pacing and rhythm. I'm sitting here after years of jaded filmgoing and was just shown something magical.

    Just, such a fun time, immensely likable and awe-inspiring, and I'll enjoy rewatching it…

  • The Fly

    The Fly



Recent reviews

  • Eternals



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    If I wanted passionately emotionless stares and existential dread I'd look in the mirror.

    Not all bad tho

  • Scanners



    40th anniversary rewatch! Still a great one.

    I miss practical effects so so much. Even if they are limited in functionality, even if they limit plot possibilities and camera shots, they are still far more visceral than any digitally modelled creatures we get today, and they can still be a highlight or saving grace of an otherwise mediocre film (Scanners isn't one). I don't generally dislike computer graphics - I just miss the old effects, and watching older films recently has been bringing that to mind a lot.

Popular reviews

  • Good Morning

    Good Morning


    Unexpected toilet humor is the best kind of toilet humor

  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    The Wolf of Snow Hollow


    This movie's all over the fucking place but then so isn't John's entire life? Life's a mishmash of all of these different things, throw in alcoholism and a werewolf and that's a hell of a bender.

    Creative. Entertaining for sure. I've never seen anything by Jim Cummings before, so this was an intriguing intro to his work for me, I look forward to watching more.