Archive for May, 2010

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RIP Dennis Hopper

RIP Dennis Hopper

In his great Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson says that ‘Dennis Hopper was an ardent young man fatally unlucky to cross the path of James Dean’ (in ‘Rebel Without aCause and Giant‘). That’s probably right. But I part company with Thomson who regards ‘Easy Rider’ (1969) as “a disaster [...]

by × May 29, 2010 × 0 comments

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Great Scenes: I’m The Daddy!

Great Scenes: I’m The Daddy!

One of the benefits of blogging is being able to illustrate and cross-reference articles written for other formats. I’ve twice written about Alan Clarke’s savage and seminal borstaldrama, ‘Scum’, and both articles have, naturally, given prominence to its most (in)famous scene: the moments known forever as either ‘snooker balls in [...]

by × May 18, 2010 × 0 comments