Saturday, May 29, 2010


One of my favorites has passed on: the great Dennis Hopper. Although I’ve always loved Easy Rider (1969), to which Hopper brought a fine naturalistic touch as director (along with some corny artsy directorial affectations), it’s as an actor that I’ll always treasure him most. From his early work in classics like Rebel Without a Cause, Giant & Gunfight at the OK Corral to his touching turn as Billy the Kid in Easy Rider, his stoner-period phase in Apocalypse Now & Rumble Fish, his sublime comeback performances in Blue Velvet & Hoosiers & his funny, oddly likable villain-for-hire work in stuff like Speed, Waterworld, & Red Rock West, he left behind a seriously rich legacy. RIP; you'll be missed.

RIP also to Art Linkletter, passed on at 97, & to Gary Coleman, passed on too young at 42.

A friend forwarded me the link to this odd but rather excellent blog, which showcases the beauty & artistry of the backgrounds in old cartoon animation.

Yesterday I had lunch at Rincon Peruano Peruvian Restaurant, barely noticeable in a strip mall on South Alma School in Mesa. I had a big plate of Tallarin Saltado de Pollo (chicken with noodles & veggies). Delicious, recommended!

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