acadamy award for worst picture of 1996??
damn, how did i miss that? Seems like a must see.
It has its moments (Hopper is good as always). The director, Stuart Gordon, did Reanimator in better days. The trailer cuts it to look like an action flick but it is mostly black comedy. I remember they are shipping a cargo of giant mutant pigs at one point.
its space commerce with a 70's cb trucking vibe not (star trek) space utopia.
Although the basic idea for the film was Fonda's, the title Easy Rider was provided by Southern (it is an American slang term for a man who lives off the earnings of a prostitute) and it later emerged that Southern wrote several drafts of the screenplay. During production, Southern became concerned at Hopper and Fonda's replacement of his writing by what he described as "dumb-bell dialogue", and more of the material Southern wrote for the main characters was cut out during the editing process.more on ER here.
i know we've discussed this before but the "aliens are in all walks of life" campfire monologue is classic Southern,
Hopper was dumb to dispute the dialog since the real poetry of the movie is visual and musical and the visuals are all him.
Matt Seitz wrote a tribute to Hopper the director right before Hopper died. Few of the obits talked about his skill behind the movie camera.
I love the slow, taking your time, looking around feel of his movies.