Critic and author J. Hoberman will discuss his new book Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan, which is available in the BAMPFA Store, with Reyna Cowan after the screening.
Reyna Cowan is a psychoanalyst and film critic. She writes on film and interviews filmmakers for KPFA radio.
Dennis Hopper, Crispin Glover, Ione Skye, Keanu Reeves,
In the age of Reagan, to “just say no” meant to relinquish that minute, but powerful act of just saying yes. At least this seemed true for a generation of teenagers whose only expression of power came from consuming taboo experience in a world of dead nerve-endings. Director Tim Hunter draws on the true story of a sixteen-year-old Milpitas student who strangles his fourteen-year-old girlfriend, taking us inside a morbid brat pack whose members include Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, and Ione Skye. Dennis Hopper brings a kind of psycho ethic to the film, asking the young killer, “But did you love her, man?”