Michael Wood's film reviews make the London Review of Books always worth a look for anyone interested in movies. As it happens, his At the Movies feature doesn't appear in the current issue (March 22), but Jenny Diski's review of Peter Winkler's "Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel" does. Per usual, Diski is smart and funny and wise. Also per usual, Hopper's is a life worth reading and thinking about. What makes the review of special interest, though, is this. "There isnít any doubt about Michael Rooker in 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer' (one of the few good films I wish Iíd never seen): as blank and
merciless a psychopath as Iíve ever come across in the movies. But no
one has ever been as repeatedly and consistently sinister, morally
frightening and lethally paranoid as Dennis Hopper, whether he was
playing for laughs in 'Speed,' manifesting the dread unconscious in 'Blue Velvet,' or apparently just being himself in 'Easy Rider' or 'Apocalypse Now.'"
Note that parenthetical: "one of the few good films I wish I'd never seen." What a great and novel concept! Everybody has lots and lots of bad films they're glad they've seen. But this is a very different story. People in this culture are always making lists -- top then this, top ten that -- and nobody does it more eagerly than movie fans. So what would your Good Films I Wish I'd Never Seen List consist of?
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