Saturday, 16 August 2014

The American Dreamer



Documentary on Dennis Hopper (made as the film-maker was editing The Last Movie) in which Hopper reveals himself, at best, to be the Iggy Pop of American cinema and, at worst, a phoney with the demeanour and glare of Charles Manson.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Last Movie



Dennis Hopper’s interesting and sincere post-Western set in Peru. (Try to download a torrented version rather than watch on youtube. There’s a significant difference in quality that affects appreciation of the film).

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Major Dundee



Sam Peckinpah is the most Homeric of American filmmakers, as the clip above from Major Dundee shows. There’s a great line in the film when Dundee (Charlton Heston) says of ‘confederate renegade’ Captain Tyreen (Richard Harris): ‘He is corrupt; but I will save him.’

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Taxi Driver



Scorsese’s film is nearly 40 years old and I must have seen it a dozen times but it hasn’t dated or lost its power and ability to startle.