With a criminal physiognomy and surly delivery that would've been perfect as the heavy in old film noirs, Bob Hoskins was born too late, but he still managed to act in some really great movies, like the retro-noir Mona Lisa and, one of my favorites, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, featured above. Hoskins died last night.
Despite the liberal message of tolerance, the Billy Jack series has always struck me as metaphor for American foreign policy: "I'm trying .. I'm really trying to not hurt you, but you're forcing my hand." It's a power fantasy that we're always on the side of the little guy, or that we're really the little guy, just blessed with super powers to fight back (like Peter Parker taking on Flash back in high school). My dad raised me on these films, and I love them for their lunacy. Tom "Billy Jack" Laughlin died last Thursday, but our national fantasy lives on.