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>What are they gonna say about him?

30 May, 2010 Leave a comment

>What are they gonna say?  That he was a kind man?  That he was a wise man?  That he had plans, man?  That he had wisdom?  Bullshit, Man!


I’m gonna say that Dennis Hopper was one of the finest character actors of the last fifty years.  He had his demons – and he played some demons as well.  Frank Booth may well be the scariest, most believable psychopath ever portrayed on screen – and Dennis portrayed him to perfection.  Just how much of Dennis was in Frank?


But Dennis didn’t just do scary – he did cool as well.  Here’s a great scene from a great film.  Clarence and Alabama have just left for California, when Christopher Walken comes calling on Dennis to find out where they’ve gone – with all his narcotics…


You’re Sicilian, huh?

Dennis Hopper.  Legend.  As Frank might have said, “Don’t drink to his health.  Drink to his fuck.”

>Day 218: Signing Off…?

19 October, 2009 Leave a comment

>Today’s soundtrack:  Various Artists – True Romance Soundtrack

Right, it’s Monday morning, and tomorrow I start work!

On a contract basis, so come the end of November I might be right back where I started, but for the next few weeks I shall be spending my weeks in Staines, just outside London, doing an internal control review for a business linked with my ex-employer, who kindly referred the contract on to me.

All the planning is done, terms of reference have been prepared and reviewed – now it’s just a case of getting down there and rolling my sleeves up.  Not without a certain amount of trepidation – it’s been the best part of seven months since I picked up a calculator in anger – can I still do it?

Course I bloody can.

Spent Sunday frantically trying to finish off my chores – and finally got the bathroom finished, tiles grouted and cleaned.  A few scratches on the glass tiles I’m not too happy about, but otherwise a pretty decent job.  Then I watched a bit of the Blackburn-Burnley game, read the paper and watched the Grand Prix.  Nice to see Button finally sewing up the Championship – he gave up trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with a super drive from the back of the grids into the points – and ahead of Rubens Barrichello, giving him the margin of victory he needed to make the final race in Abu Dhabi academic.

We also finished the final series of The Shield as well, which I wholeheartedly recommend to you.  As good as The Wire and The Sopranos?  Probably not, but not embarrassed in their company either.  The series cleverly has you rooting for the bad guys and is really well scripted and acted.  Not sure what we watch now though…

Today’s soundtrack is from the film True Romance, probably Mrs W’s favourite film, and certainly one of mine.  Written (but not directed ) by Quentin Tarantino, the dialogue is sharp, the acting superb, with some nice little cameos, and the storyline as touching as it is violent.  Go and rent it, now.

The music included on the soundtrack is a combination of ‘film’ music, with an eclectic selection of tasty tunes from the likes of John Waite, Shelby Lynne and Soundgarden(!)  The highlight for me though is Hans Zimmer’s theme tune, instantly memorable, played I believe on a vibraphone(?)




So, one and all, I suspect that might be the end of the daily blogs – at least for the time being – but keep checking back for at least weekly postings.

Take care – all of you.  I love you all.