Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gonna Miss You, D-Hop

Caito's Top 5 Favorite Dennis Hopper Performances

Number 5
Easy Rider

Homeboy also wrote AND directed this movie. He penned the famous line "they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom, but they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em."

Number 4
Land of the Dead

Caito fucking loves Romero zombie movies. And so you're watching this thinking "Man John Leguizamo is such a great villain" until you meet D-Hop later in the movie, who out-villains the villain! He is a badass mother fucker!

Number 3
Twilight Zone Episode "He's Alive"

This episode wasn't sci-fi alien/monster scary, it was for real scary. A little too close to something real and chilling. Hopper was fantastic in this role and I was well scared by this as a little kid. Nothing's scarier than Hitler! Check it out!

Number 2
Apocalypse Now "What are they gonna say about him? He was a kind man? A wise man? He had plans, he had wisdom? Bullshit man!".
This character and Colonel Kurtz remind me of the definition of juggernaut. It comes from Jagannath, an idol of Krishna in India that was extremely heavy and carried on an enormous cart through the streets of every city. People had such blind devotion to it that they literally threw themselves under the wheels of the cart, being crushed to death. Nowadays juggernaut means anything requiring blind devotion or cruel sacrifice. (ie: D-Hop's photographer to Colonel Kurtz). In a completely unrelated side note: Doesn't everyone look sexier in Vietnam movies? Damn!

Number 1
Blue Velvet
Yo, homeboy is not just regular-crazy in this film, he's frighteningly a little too convincing in this upper echelon of fucked up.

And as a bonus I give you the WORST Dennis Hopper movie:
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

I bet you thought I was going to say The Super Mario Brothers movie, but no. There is literally an epic fail that occurred whilst attempting to make a legitimate sequel to one of the best horror films ever made. (And I know "epic fail" is grossly overused but it is actually appropriate in this instance.) It is not bad ass and it is neither scary nor interesting. Do I own this movie? Yes I do, but fuck you, it said "Texas Chainsaw" and "Dennis Hopper" on the same DVD cover. You'd think this was a no-brainer. R. Lee Ermy showed him how it's done in Texas Chainsaw: The Beginning. That dude was wilin' out. But if you'd like to talk about "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" starring Matthew McConoughey and Renee Zellwegger then you watch too many movies.