Director Spotlight:

Oliver Stone

By PopMatters Staff

24 September 2010

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.
Masters of the Universe: Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street’

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.

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Reconsidering the Oliver Stone Filmography

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.

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The Fall of the Oliver Stone Empire: A Director and His Critics

Until 2004, Oliver Stone could never be accused of shying away from anything. Once he did, the critics pounced.

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‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’: Mother of All Evil

This being Oliver Stone's long-gestating, self-important sequel to Wall Street, Jake will be learning some harsh life lessons.

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It Will All Be Yours: ‘Natural Born Killers’ and the Dead End of Allusion

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.

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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.

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‘Wall Street’: A Worthy Message to Beat People Over the Head With

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.

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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