If you’ve been reading this site for a while, or if you just peruse the review archives, you’ll notice something about Internal Bleeding. We love 80’s and 90’s unconditionally, and that love goes hand in hand with our love of the cinema from that period of time. Along with spending a lot of my formative years watching garbage movies, I also spent a lot of time playing video games, and Nintendo in particular. I can remember spending hours sitting around at either my house or my friend’s houses playing games from the Super Mario franchise. One really strong memory I have is when my friend Bobby told us all that he was getting Super Mario Bros. 2 for his birthday in October, and that he had already found his copy under his parents bed and had beaten it. After we had proven that he was a liar, we made sure to promptly beat him. With all that greatness surrounding that entire series of games, you can only imagine the excitement that my friends and I had when we heard the announcement that they were making a SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE!
They say celebrities always pass in threes… yesterday it was Gary Coleman, and today it’s Dennis Hopper. Dennis Hopper was a very talented actor/writer/director who gave us some great b-movies over his 56 year career in the business. Some of the finer points of his B-Movie resume are: Land of the Dead, Space Truckers, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and two of my personal favorite non B-Movies Blue Velvet and Jesus’ Son amongst many, many others.
Dennis passed away in his Venice Beach home earlier this morning after a year long battle with prostate cancer. He was 74. At this very moment, I’m editing a review for Super Mario Bros., and wanted to take time out and say from all of us at Internal Bleeding, Dennis, you will be missed.