Easy Rider (1969)
Dennis Hopper's cult classic Easy Rider is an extremely atmospheric and politically interesting film about social alienation, liberation and generation gaps. The film is not as much about events as it is about people and environments, as Hopper and Fonda are welcoming us into their void - one they experience or one they want to experience. In any case, it is all very inspirational and fascinating, and at times even powerful dramatically. What's most impressive, however, is the way the film still keeps its relevance today; these are people, not characters - even though they are all somewhat caricatured. Dennis Hopper's performance is hilarious, Fonda looks great, but underplays his character, while the real treat here is Jack Nicholson who easily steals every scene he's in. The ending is a bit too much message, but the tone and feel of the film holds its own against most contemporary films of the same essence. Easy Rider remains an important and charming piece of cinematic history.