DENNIS HOPPER, R.I.P.
Actor and director Dennis Hopper died today at 74. When I heard the news I started searching on YouTube for some of my favorite Hopper moments — not just Blue Velvet, Easy Rider and Apocalypse Now but also that scene from True Romance, his supporting work in Rebel without a Cause and Giant, the experimental abandon of his underrated The Last Movie, his haunted addition to River’s Edge, and the incredible, Linda Manz-starring Out of the Blue. But then I came across this video essay by Matt Zoller Seitz which is an excellent flashback to not only many of Hopper’s high-water marks as director and actor but also his mesmerizing, compellingly odd additions to so many lesser films. So, take a moment to remember Hopper’s extraordinary work over the years.
Manohla Dargis wrote a good essay on his work for The New York Times here, Seitz’s video is below, and, finally, there is Hopper’s recent speech in Hollywood as he received his star on the Walk of Fame.