#304: Dennis Hopper Tribute / The Lost Weekend
“I mean, what are they gonna say, man, when he’s gone, huh? ‘Cause he dies. When it dies, man. When it dies, he dies. What are they gonna say about him? What? They're gonna say he was a kind man? He was a wise man? He had plans, he had wisdom? Bullshi*t, man! Am I gonna be the one that’s gonna set them straight? Look at me. Wrong!” This week, Filmspotting does its small part to set the legacy of legendary actor Dennis Hopper straight. Mr. Hopper passed away last week at the age of 74. In tribute, Adam and Matty will replay their discussion of the classic Dennis Hopper film "Easy Rider" from last year’s successful New Hollywood Marathon. And, owing to Mr. Hopper’s ability to play some of the greatest outcasts in cinematic history, the boys will also revisit their Top 5 Films About Loneliness. They’ll also offer up a brand new movie discussion, certainly apropos for this episode, as the Billy Wilder Marathon rolls on with "The Lost Weekend,"Wilder's 1945 best picture winner starring Ray Milland in the now iconic depiction of a man struggling to battle his demons from the bottom of a bottle.
RIP Mr. Hopper, you sure as hell didn’t blow it.
:13-3:17 - Dennis Hopper
3:18-16:54 - Review: "Easy Rider" (May 2009)
Music: Bess Rogers, "Bulldozer"
17:29-21:47 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Matthew Beem)
21:48-26:25 - Poll Questions / Notes
26:26-43:45 - Wilder #2: "The Lost Weekend"
Music: Bess Rogers, "Dirty Lies"
44:24-53:04 - DVDs / Donations
53:05-1:09:05 - Top 5: Movies About Loneliness (June 2008)
1:09:06-1:12:05 - Close / Outtakes
NOTES / CORRECTIONS
- Read Keith Phipps' "Easy Rider Road Trip" on Slate.
- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.