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May 30, 2010 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Dennis Hopper, 74, the rogue actor and director who kick-started a new era of indie moviemaking with his trippy '60s road picture, Easy Rider, who turned a nitrous-sucking villain in Blue Velvet into an icon of roaring weirdness, and who worked in the great American movie genres with any number of great American moviemakers, died Saturday in Venice, Calif. He had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer last fall. Mr. Hopper, who was also a painter, a sculptor (as a child, he took art classes from Thomas Hart Benton)
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January 5, 1987 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Blue Velvet, David Lynch's unusual movie about the sinister forces lurking beneath the serene surface of an American small town, was voted the best film of 1986 yesterday by the National Society of Film Critics at its annual meeting at the Hotel Algonquin. It was Blue Velvet's big day, with Lynch also copping the vote for best director, Dennis Hopper getting the nod as best supporting actor for his role as a sadistic thug and Frederick Elmes cited for his lush cinematography. The critics voted Bob Hoskins best actor for his portrayal of a cockney chauffeur in Mona Lisa.
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September 19, 1986 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Lush and peculiar Blue Velvet, the latest film from the mind that spawned Eraserhead, is an unnerving combination of the wholesome and the unholy. Though David Lynch's audaciously different film has the picket-fence hominess of Ozzie and Harriet, underneath beats a troubled Heart of Darkness. The experience of Blue Velvet is something like finding a shimmery, pearlescent conch shell and holding it to your ear, only to hear the profanities of a mobster demanding a contract murder.
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September 19, 1986 | By JOE BALTAKE, Daily News Film Critic
"Blue Velvet. " A drama starring Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. Written and directed by David Lynch. Photographed by Frederick Elmes. Edited by Duwayne Dunham. Music by Angelo Badalamenti. Running time: 120 minutes. A DeLaurentiis release. In area theaters. Rarely have I seen a movie that has both angered and entertained me as much David Lynch's perverse new spectacle, "Blue Velvet. " Its ludicrous, repellent storyline - abuse of women, played as a sick joke - has been elevated by Lynch's undeniable command of the medium.
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August 18, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
"I just have to think of Philadelphia now, and I get ideas, I hear the wind, and I'm off into the darkness somewhere. " - David Lynch The pulsing heart of "David Lynch: The Unified Field" - the career retrospective of art and experimental film from the man who dreamed up the movies Eraserhead , Blue Velvet , and the television series Twin Peaks - lies at the intersection of Broad and Cherry Streets, in the 1870s Frank Furness-designed Pennsylvania...
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February 12, 1987 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
For the Chinese, it's the year of the rabbit; for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it's the year of the stone. That's the inescapable conclusion brought on by yesterday's announcements of the 59th set of Oscar nominations. Not only did Oliver Stone's "Platoon" bring home eight nominations, but the momentum carried over to Stone's even grittier, harder-edged "Salvador," which was released early last year, did very little business, and would otherwise have brought home zilch, Oscar-wise.
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August 17, 1987 | By JOE O'DOWD JR., Daily News Staff Writer
Forever engraved in the movie-lover's consciousness is the image of Marilyn Monroe's skirt being fanned up over a subway grate. The doe-eyed blonde personified the the beautiful bimbo, the innocent babe in the woods. Monroe is no longer with us, but her image lives on the silver screen. Tonight at TLA is a Monroe double feature, "The Seven Year Itch" and "How to Marry a Millionaire. " In "Itch," Tom Ewell has a job, a house and a wife. His life is rolling along quite well.
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August 10, 1989 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
Another slow week in home video, with the best bet being a weak Tom Hanks comedy from Joe Dante. THE 'BURBS (1989) (MCA) $89.95. 101 minutes. Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Henry Gibson. The boy next door has a split personality - Ricky Nelson and Charles Manson. Admittedly a hilarious premise, but although Joe Dante's probe of the suburban underbelly means to be a comic Blue Velvet, it comes off more like Blue Velveeta. Despite extremely subtle performances by Hanks and Fisher, despite Dante's manic gift for directing comedy - boing!
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June 23, 1991 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
Early in his career, singer Bobby Vinton was told that he was too wholesome to survive in a music world dominated by rock-and-roll. But the "Polish Prince" was a king of the charts as a male solo artist from 1962 to 1974, with four number-one hits, according to Billboard magazine. "I didn't have long hair, and my music certainly wasn't rock-and-roll. Twenty-six years ago, nice guys like me didn't think they had a chance," Vinton said in a recent telephone interview from his ranch in Malibu, Calif.
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December 15, 1986 | By Mark Butler, Inquirer Staff Writer (The Associated Press and United Press International contributed to this report.)
Hannah and Her Sisters, Woody Allen's film exposing the relationships among a hypochondriac, his ex-wife, her current husband and her sisters, has won the best-picture prize from the Los Angeles Film Critics. Hannah also was named the best screenplay and Allen was selected runner-up in the director category. The Los Angeles Film Critics selections often are viewed as a barometer of Academy Award sentiments. Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 11, and the winners will be named March 30. The controversial David Lynch film Blue Velvet, which juxtaposed small-town America and sadomasochism, was runner-up for best film.
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September 12, 2014 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, Daily News Staff Writer eichelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5909
DAVID LYNCH is all over Philly right now. The director behind such cinema classics as "Blue Velvet," "The Elephant Man," "Eraserhead" and the landmark television series "Twin Peaks" is being honored by his alma mater, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, with a four-month-long exhibit, and there are screenings happening all over the city. While cinephiles know Lynch for his wonderfully weird and ambiguous screen work, and art-world fans know him for his visual work, not everyone is familiar with Lynch or why he's getting the full Philly treatment.
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September 8, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
LOS ANGELES - Never mind the world outside David Lynch's studio window: the sun beaming on the Hollywood Hills, the sprinklered lawns ringed by dry chaparral, the open-top tourist vans prowling for homes of stars. Stationed at his long desk, chain-smoking American Spirits, tossing the butts on the concrete floor, the celebrated filmmaker and artist is time-traveling to 1960s Philadelphia, recalling his 51/2 years in a city that seeped into his soul. The patina of grime-blackened buildings.
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August 18, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
"I just have to think of Philadelphia now, and I get ideas, I hear the wind, and I'm off into the darkness somewhere. " - David Lynch The pulsing heart of "David Lynch: The Unified Field" - the career retrospective of art and experimental film from the man who dreamed up the movies Eraserhead , Blue Velvet , and the television series Twin Peaks - lies at the intersection of Broad and Cherry Streets, in the 1870s Frank Furness-designed Pennsylvania...
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December 12, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
This holiday season's attire is flush with plush navies, inky blacks, and foresty greens, making for a very merry monochromatic time. Reds are pure. Whites are wintry. And shimmer? Well, that's everywhere. "We have a ton of glitzy, luxe fabrics," said Melibea Sarant, manager of Bettie Page Clothing, a Walnut Street boutique that sells modern-day versions of pinup-style frocks. "There is a lot of velvet in deep blues and pretty greens and everything has shimmer, even if it's just a hint.
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November 17, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Lynch, best known for his often-enigmatic and quirky films - think Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), and Inland Empire (2006) - and television shows ( Twin Peaks ), launched his career as a visual artist in the late 1960s at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Though he was not from Philadelphia, Lynch fell in love with the city during his years here as a student artist. "There was violence and hate and filth," he once said. "But the biggest influence in my whole life was that city.
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July 14, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
PhilaMOCA: It's a weird place. And getting weirder. Since its 2011 opening, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA) has been at times an amiably odd arts gallery space, at other times a live performance venue. Through spring and summer 2012, a more definitive picture has emerged of the onetime headstone/mausoleum factory, an image that balances itself between the merrily maudlin and the delightfully titillating. Where the latter is concerned, PhilaMOCA hosts a July event called "Naked Girls Reading" that features exactly that - nude young women speaking their way through pulp-novel prose.
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November 9, 2011 | BY RICHARD SMIRKE, Billboard.com
BEST KNOWN as the surrealist auteur behind "Eraserhead," "Twin Peaks" and "Blue Velvet," David Lynch is one of America's most acclaimed film directors. Having long written and performed music for his films - often in collaboration with others, most notably composer Angelo Badalamenti and Polish pianist Marek Zebrowski - this fall sees the three-time Academy Award nominee make his debut as a solo recording artist. With the release yesterday of his debut studio album, "Crazy Clown Time," on Sunday Best Recordings/PIAS, Lynch talks to Billboard.
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May 30, 2010 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Dennis Hopper, 74, the rogue actor and director who kick-started a new era of indie moviemaking with his trippy '60s road picture, Easy Rider, who turned a nitrous-sucking villain in Blue Velvet into an icon of roaring weirdness, and who worked in the great American movie genres with any number of great American moviemakers, died Saturday in Venice, Calif. He had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer last fall. Mr. Hopper, who was also a painter, a sculptor (as a child, he took art classes from Thomas Hart Benton)
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May 30, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Dennis Hopper, 74, the rogue actor and director who kick-started a new era of indie moviemaking with his trippy '60s road picture, Easy Rider , who turned a nitrous-sucking villain in Blue Velvet into an icon of roaring weirdness, and who worked in the great American movie genres with any number of great American moviemakers, died Saturday in Venice, Calif. He had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer last fall. Mr. Hopper, who was also a painter, a sculptor (as a child, he took art classes from Thomas Hart Benton)
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October 2, 2005 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Here's a quiz. To get in a David Lynch frame of mind, a David Lynch kind of head, do you: A. Drive around a small town with strains of the Blue Velvet movie soundtrack playing in the background, thinking dark, creepy thoughts about undulating folds and the underbelly of small-town life? B. Go to Bob's Big Boy every day for seven years for a burger, chocolate shake and inspiration? C. Twice daily, take 20 minutes out of your over-caffeinated, nicotine-infused existence to sit down, repeat your mantra, and become so convinced of the value of transcendental meditation that you travel the country to tell equally over-caffeinated, possibly also nicotine-infused, but definitely stressed-out college students things such as "Bliss is our nature"?
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