Why I Love… #114: Rebel Without A Cause

Year: 1955 Director: Nicholas Ray Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo Uff, what more is there to say about Rebel Without A Cause? Somewhere in the recesses of my laptop is a list of prospective titles for this occasional series, and there are titles on that list that absolutely terrify me. They're the most talked … Continue reading Why I Love… #114: Rebel Without A Cause

Why I Love… #108: The Last Movie

Year: 1971 Director: Dennis Hopper Stars: Dennis Hopper, Stella Garcia, Samuel Fuller The Last Movie is a hard movie to love, and maybe a harder one to make a case for. It's a deeply broken film; as fragmented as its creator was at the time. The tales of its making are the stuff of cinematic … Continue reading Why I Love… #108: The Last Movie

Why I Love… #71: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Year: 1986 Director: Tobe Hooper Stars: Dennis Hopper (Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright), Caroline Williams (Vanita 'Stretch' Brock), Jim Siedow (Drayton Sawyer), Bill Moseley ('Chop-Top'), Bill Johnson (Leatherface). Genre: Horror / Comedy As Halloween approaches, I veer back toward the genre I have a soft spot for; horror. Realising I haven't added many new additions to my Why … Continue reading Why I Love… #71: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Why I Love… #20: Blue Velvet

Year: 1986 Director: David Lynch Stars: Kyle MacLachlan (Jeffrey Beaumont), Isabella Rossellini (Dorothy Vallens), Dennis Hopper (Frank Booth), Laura Dern (Sandy Williams), Dean Stockwell (Ben), George Dickerson (Det. Williams) Genre: Mystery / Thriller When Blue Velvet first came to DVD, it was in a hell of a state. Dirty, dingy, faded… it did not look … Continue reading Why I Love… #20: Blue Velvet

Why I Love… #13: Apocalypse Now

Year: 1979 Director: Francis Ford Coppola Stars: Martin Sheen (Willard), Marlon Brando (Kurtz), Robert Duvall (Kilgore), Dennis Hopper (Photojournalist), Sam Bottoms (Lance) Genre: War Apocalypse Now is one of the most breathtakingly realised descents into hell ever brought to a mainstream cinema audience. Just look at Coppola’s choice of opening shot; a beautiful vista of … Continue reading Why I Love… #13: Apocalypse Now