Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.
When the drifter Harry Madox reaches a small town in Texas, he gets a job as used car salesman with the dealer George Harshaw and settles down in a hotel room. During a fire, Harry observes... See full summary »
A homeless woman, improbably well-groomed and (as seen naked to the waist as she changes from one shabby sweater to another) well-toned, spends from dawn till night pushing her cart around ... See full summary »
Subvert normality. Punk is not sexual, it's just aggression. Destroy. Kill All Hippies. I'm not talking at you, I'm talking to you. Anarchy. Disco sucks. I don't wanna hear about you, I wanna hear from you. This is Gorgeous. Does anybody outthere read me? Disco sucks, kill all hippies. Pretty vacant, eh? Subvert normality. Signing off. This is Gorgeous. Signing off.
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Who knew that one of the most accurate and nihilistic depictions of the punk rock generation would be directed by Dennis Hopper? The same Dennis Hopper whose "Easy Rider" became the ultimate film of the Psychedelic generation. Irony. "Out of the Blue" is one of the most overlooked films ever made. When it was screened at Cannes, it was hailed as a masterpiece. Unfortunately, the Canadian filmmakers had difficulties securing North American distribution, regulating this to bootleg hell.
The films power is derived from the acting and the direction. Some have criticized Linda Manz and her portrayal of a dissatisfied riot girl obsessed with the recent demises of The Sex Pistols and Elvis Presley, but she actually equips herself very nicely with the role. Even better however is Dennis Hopper. His portrayal of the ultimate deadbeat dad (with incestuous tendencies) manages to be both disgusting and oddly sympathetic. There are several sequences where he tries to be the best father he can and hold a steady job, yet manages to do neither. Sharon Farrell plays the junkie mother, who isn't as amazing as her two co-stars yet is still very good.
The direction by Dennis Hopper is probably his best. He uses the avant-garde techniques from "Easy Rider" and the much panned "The Last Movie" and perfects them. The ending also is perfect, one of the most shocking and nihilistic conclusions ever. There are a few flaws (couldn't they have used more than just the opening thirty seconds for "Hey Hey My My" by Neil Young?), but overall this is a disturbing, complex, and memorable drama. Think of it as "Son of Easy Rider". (8/10)
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