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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Oliver Stone’s films live and breathe in the aether of happenstance and catastrophe, hand-wrung spaghetti noodles on the wall of Americana in Technicolor pasticcio, washed in controversy and teeming causticity. Driven by Stone’s familiar and articulate camera, his branded editing techniques and his signature bravado that makes heroes of all his criminal souls, Born on the 4th is quite easily among his best films. Continue reading

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Savages (2012)

“Savages” is based on the wildly popular novel of the same name by Don Winslow, with a script co-collaborated between Stone, Winslow and Shane Salerno, the film is rapid fire tongues and razor wire wit governed by Stone’s obsession with the collateral damage of good and evil. It.feels like the perfect vehicle for Stone to crack the whip on the lazy and the uninspired who watch in idle fascination as media and technology washes the consequences of their detachment to violence over them. Continue reading

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Midnight Express (1978) a racist agitprop?

Part morality tale, part prison crime drama, part culture-shock with a young American held in a Turkish prison, the story is told with such conviction and painstaking detail as to be both heralded for its truthfulness and condemned for being a racist diatribe against an entire country. Alan Parker’s film, based on the non-fiction book by William Hayes (the protagonist of the story) with William Hoffer, was sold as “based on a true story” but there was plenty of meddling with the truth between Parker and then burgeoning screenwriter Oliver Stone (who won an Oscar for his script). Continue reading

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Josh Brolin – His Father’s Son

The similarities between Josh Brolin and his father, veteran television actor James Brolin are uncanny. Solid character actors equally adept at starring roles, the Brolins have carved a special place in television and films across a broad range of genres. Continue reading

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Memorial Day for All – Platoon (1986)

Platoon is an epic film about life, love, death and innocence that holds up against the test of time nearly twenty-five years later. Olive Stone has surrounded us with sand bags, dug us in for the long haul. Platoon achieves what so many films have failed to do before or since – populate a world he knew intimately with characters we all can relate to in a hell we hope we’ll never have to experience ourselves and are glad so many did for us. Continue reading

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