My first vivid experience with Hopper was back in 1994 when my Grandpa took me to the movies. He didn't care what we saw, so I had to pick. For some reason, I chose Speed. I don't know why, but I'll never forget it. Maybe it's because I got to see an R Rated movie when I was 11 or maybe it's because I was spending time with someone who actually meant something to me? I honestly don't know why, but I like to think that a certain performance by a deformed mad man named Howard Payne had a little something to do with it. Regardless, when I heard the news today, it definitely brought back that random Saturday afternoon.
Due yourself a favor and check out the following movies if you already haven't: Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, River's Edge, Blue Velvet, Hoosiers, COLORS (Directed), True Romance, and of course Speed. All Dennis Hopper staples.