As Oliver Stone’s update to the Wall Street hits theatres, PopMatters takes a look back at the influential and thought-provoking director, as well as examines the new film. We also examine the critical backlash Stone has faced in more recent years.
Monday, September 27 2010
In his desire to trump his upper crust "superiors", Gekko's personal ethic could be read as a perverted, ultimately hypocritical form of populist revolt.
Friday, September 24 2010
As Oliver Stone's update to the Wall Street hits theatres, PopMatters is taking a look back at select works by the influential and thought-provoking director.
Until 2004, Oliver Stone could never be accused of shying away from anything. Once he did, the critics pounced.
This being Oliver Stone's long-gestating, self-important sequel to Wall Street, Jake will be learning some harsh life lessons.
Thursday, September 23 2010
On the eve of the release of Oliver Stone's new film, Thomas Britt reflects on Stone's Natural Born Killers and the mass murdering mayhem courtesy of the fabulously alliterative, famously insane characters of Mickey and Mallory Knox.
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.
If only real life were this easy to figure out. In Oliver Stone’s hands, even the most complicated tangle can come out looking like two distinct strands.