About Stephen Lee Naish

Stephen Lee Naish grew up in Leicester, UK but now lives in Ontario, Canada where he writes about film, politics and popular culture and the places where they converge. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, including the arts and culture magazine Gadfly, the academic journal Scholardarity, and Empty Mirror. He is the author of U.ESS.AY: Politics and Humanity in American Film.

Dennis Hopper as Daniel Morgan in Mad Dog Morgan

Dennis Hopper as Daniel Morgan

The film Easy Rider (1969) made its director and star Dennis Hopper, and the film’s producer and co-star Peter Fonda, counter-cultural icons of the late 1960s. ...{read more}

The Opening Line – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, cover

copyright Ralph Steadman

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

And so begins the first sentence to Hunter S. ...{read more}

How Dennis Hopper Conquered the American Century

Dennis Hopper Cannes 2008, by Georges Biard

Dennis Hopper’s extensive filmography is filled with an array of painfully bad films. His early career saw him appear in any number of B-Movies and exploitation flicks; his late eighties/early nineties excursion into mainstream blockbusters such as Super Mario Bros (1993) and Waterworld (1995) were undeniably poor; and from the late nineties and beyond, his backlist of movies throw up an assortment of forgettable direct to video/DVD and television movies. ...{read more}