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Sunday, June 9 2013

When the Music's Over: Oliver Stone's Tribute to Excess and the God of Rock

"There are things known. There are things unknown. And in between are the Doors."


Wednesday, January 23 2013

The Worst Films of 2012

When movies are mediocre, they're maddening. But when they are as bad as the selections here, you can't help but question the artform's overall validity.


Sunday, January 8 2012

The Best DVDs of 2011

With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.


Sunday, August 28 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 9: Victor Sjöström to Luchino Visconti

Today we present a glorious spate of international auteurs that range from cinematic innovators from the silent era to those who continue to push the limits of film in their contemporary work.


Thursday, May 19 2011

When Greed Is Good

The economic system has only one purpose, which is to create wealth. In the market’s language, this is the only “good". If evil exists, then it must be loss, which is the opposite of the good. For Gordon Gekko, this is the only morality which exists.


Columns

Wednesday, May 8 2013

When Everything Changed: Memory, Nostalgia and the Tragic Turning Point

Popular culture creates its own nostalgic image of a time period that is both fact and fiction. When combined with the shaky foundations of our own memories, who can really tell what happened? How will pop culture translate the tragic events of today?


Reviews

Thursday, October 18 2012

Who'd Have Thought? Greed is STILL Good: 'Wall Street: Filmmakers Signature Series'

It could serve as a cautionary tale, but as Michael Douglas points out in one of the bonus features on this Blu-ray disc, many real Wall Street folks seek to emulate his infamous character.


Friday, July 6 2012

'Savages': Middling and Sometimes Maddening

Given Oliver Stone’s professional but hardly satisfying efforts of late, it's good to see him turn out a movie with some stylistic verve and brief glimpses of his circa-'90s pulpy weirdness.


Thursday, June 23 2011

'Platoon': Choices, Lies, False Hopes and Spoiled Innocence of Another Era, Rather Like Our Own

Although it's been said that Platoon is a war movie for people who hate war, it's better described as a war movie that questions the premises of every war film that came before -- and many that came after.


Tuesday, March 1 2011

Hangin' with the New Bolivarians in Oliver Stone's 'South of the Border'

Oliver Stone has chosen to channel his 'radical' political leanings into his documentaries, and this film would seem to bear that out.


Sunday, January 16 2011

Watch Out for the Moral Hazard in 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'

The only thing more fun that Gordon Gekko, Master of the Universe is Gordon Gekko the Underdog, trying to sleaze his way back to the top. Unfortunately, this is not that story.


Blogs

Thursday, July 5 2012

With 'Savages' Stone Stumbles...Again

Flawed at the center and successfully spreading such failure out among the rest of the elements, Savages is a legitimate letdown from an artist who's, apparently, past his prime.


Tuesday, July 3 2012

Ranking the Greats 4: The 10 Best Films by Oliver Stone

He's chronicled both war and peace, politics and passion. Here's the ten best films in this controversial writer/director's intriguing canon.


Friday, September 24 2010

Greed...Is Dull - 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is the kind of movie Stone could set-up in his sleep...and a lot of the time, it looks like he did.


Tuesday, September 21 2010

Gekko as Hero? Hell NO!

Gekko isn't really the kind of noted nasty you love to embrace. Instead, he's everything that's bad in our current economic downturn. He's the target of a Michael Moore documentary, a running gag for Bill Maher's politically incorrect vivisection of the times.


Monday, November 2 2009

Still Scandalous: 'Natural Born Killers' 15 Years Later

"At its heart, it's a love story…albeit a relatively strange one" or so says Oliver Stone at the beginning of the latest DVD version


'W.' is Brilliant Political Theater (Short Ends and Leader) [16.Oct.08]

News

Tuesday, May 18 2010

Director is premiering a sequel to his 1987 hit 'Wall Street,' and the timing couldn't be better

CANNES, France — Addressing reporters at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, filmmaker Oliver Stone was rattling off a series of facts and figures about the


Thursday, May 14 2009

Did Hollywood inspire the meltdown men?

Forget Bernie Madoff. The Wall Street veteran who might be the real scapegoat for our country's financial meltdown hasn't closed a deal in more than


Thursday, October 30 2008

Audiences turn a deaf ear to preachy Hollywood films

Used to be, going to the movies was a way to escape the bustle and stress of the real world for a couple of hours.


Thursday, October 23 2008

Oliver Stone has no regrets about release of 'W.'

Oliver Stone waited almost two decades to make a movie based on his Vietnam War experiences, but he couldn't wait till President George W. Bush


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