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Cheque’s In The Mail….

Released thirty years ago today, one of the all time great teen apathy movies was made, which for me is up there with Rebel Without A Cause, A Clockwork Orange, Gummo, Over The Edge, Spring Breakers and The Outsiders and as one of the all time great teen movies. Tim Hunter, who went on to direct a few episodes of Twin Peaks crops up now and again on TV projects;

Dennis Hooper, fresh off Blue Velvet paired with Crispin Glover is quite a cult movie combination. Some of the films memorable lines are still exchanged between me and my friends when the situations requires, hence the post title. Here’s a brief documentary;


Cheque’s In The Mail…

Released thirty years ago today, one of the all time great teen apathy movies was made, which for me is up there with Rebel Without A Cause, A Clockwork Orange, Gummo, Over The Edge, Spring Breakers and The Outsiders and as one of the all time great teen movies. Tim Hunter, who went on to direct a few episodes of Twin Peaks crops up now and again on TV projects;

Dennis Hooper, fresh off Blue Velvet paired with Crispin Glover is quite a cult movie combination. Some of the films memorable lines are still exchanged between me and my friends when the situations requires, hence the post title. Here’s a brief documentary;


The American Dreamer (1971)

So I’ve been ploughing through my Dennis Hopper biography and it’s quite the entertaining read, I’ve just alighted upon the chaotic making of The Last Movie, just as Dennis was descending into the narcotic fuelled hell that took him out of the industry for over almost two decades. The book quotes an apparently difficult to source documentary on Hopper that was shot in 1970 and then suppressed in distribution due to its insane portrait of a man clearly in the fit of an artistic mania, but lo and behold this is the age of the Internet where everything is available;

It’s hilarious but beware, you can almost obtain a contact high from all the coke, pills and booze that were swirling around Hopper at that time….


cheques in the mail – Dennis Hopper RIP

 I think I may have been a little premature with one of my recent montage posts and its coverage of the actor Dennis Hopper, unfortunately he lost his long battle with cancer today. I have no doubt that many of my fellow bloggers will linking to that memorable True Romance scene and rightly so, let’s pay tribute with a few other moments from his stormy career. He will perhaps be best remembered for Easy Rider of course, although the authorship of that movie remains unconfirmed, his long-standing feud with Peter Fonda and Rip Torn was never reconciled.

After almost twenty years in the wilderness due to his heavy substance abuse – this cult curio says it all – he cleaned up his act and was brought back in from exile with that horrifically brilliant performance in Blue Velvet. The story goes that Lynch took a call from him after he got his hands on the script, Hopper explaining to Lynch that ‘You have to give me this role, because I am Frank’.  This autumn resurrection led to him being the go to guy for any chief villain role going be it in Waterworld, Speed or, erm, Super Mario Brothers – I guess he had alimony to pay. But when he was on he was on, and has made memorable appearances in some well acclaimed movies of the past few decades, as well as making appearances in the mid-century classical canon of Cool Hand Luke, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant with his good friend James Dean.

It’s quite a patchy but interesting career when you look at the old IMDB. Personally I will always remember him as that magnetic photojournalist lost in the jungle, as a uniquely philosophical ex-biker in some glimpse and you’ll miss him shards of a neutered trailer;

Finally, good christ on a bike I haven’t seen this scene for many a year and it is much more distressing than I remembered from its beginning, let alone the Roy Orbison rendition. He may be ‘one suave motherfucker’ but this is nasty;

EDIT: OK, this little clip has come up which is hilarious, I’d rather I left my commentary on a such a note – at least until someone posts the classic ‘Cheques in the mail’ moment anyway…

Given that Kiefer/Jack shoots Hopper dead at the end of Season 1 of 24 I’m guessing that an amended version of this will be doing the rounds shortly….