29 May 2010

Dennis Hopper dies age 74

It's such sad news that Dennis Hopper died today, at 74, from complications arising from prostrate cancer.

'Dennis Hopper 1971' by Andy Warhol

A handful of his 200-odd screen appearances that, for a variety of reasons, remain entirely memorable cornerstones of my Hopper watching over the years: Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Tracks, Apocalypse Now, Rumble Fish, The Osterman Weekend, River's Edge, Blue Velvet, The Indian Runner, Red Rock West, Speed, Search and Destroy, Waterworld, Basquiat, The Blackout, Jesus' Son and Land of the Dead.

There are, of course, many more I've still to see: The Last Movie, Out of the Blue, Night Tide, Cool Hand Luke, Straight to Hell, Hoboken Hollow and Hell Ride have all been on my must-see list for quite some time.

Whenever the words Dennis Hopper appeared at the start of a film I knew that it would at least never be dull.

R.I.P. Mr. Hopper, Hope you had one last Pabst Blue Ribbon.

1 comment:

  1. Hell Ride is kind of shit, so I'd skip it.

    Nonetheless, he is missed.