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    The Definitive War Movies: 50-41

    With Memorial Day a week ago and Independence Day fast approaching, it seemed fitting to look at the history of war films from the world (I’m American, after all – though this site originates in Canada). So, as we move through the list, the important aspects to remember: first, these have to take place during […] More

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    The Definitive Original Screenplays: 50-41

    What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca […] More

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    Oliver Stone Directs World Cup 2014 Ad

    This summer’s biggest sporting event, the 2014 World Cup, kicks off in Brazil, which means big business for FIFA and the networks selling advertising space. While the event is still over six months away, the first big commercial has already been released. This World Cup TV Ad is directed by Oliver Stone and shot by […] More

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    Unsung Gems – ‘JFK’ Oliver Stone’s boldest effort

    Unsung Gems is a look back and reflection on great motion pictures that often slip under the radar of public consciousness , whether as ignored relics of a previous era, standout efforts overshadowed by competition or circumstance, or simply unseen classics damned by a lack of time in the spotlight. JFK Directed by Oliver Stone […] More

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    TIFF Bell Lightbox Presents The Rise of Beefcake Cinema: ‘Conan the Barbarian’; or Arnie’s big misadventure

    Conan the Barbarian Directed by John Milius Written by John Milius and Oliver Stone USA, 1982 John Milius’ Conan the Barbarian is nothing if not title appropriate, because barbarous is the only potent way of describing it. Based on a pulp fiction magazine of the same name, the movie version feels like it only adapted […] More

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    ‘Savages’ a welcome return for Oliver Stone

    Savages Directed by Oliver Stone Written by Don Winslow USA, 2012 Leave it to none other than Oliver Stone to deliver this summer’s most satisfyingly pulpy action flick. Stone might as well have been pronounced dead to the world of cinema over the past decade. Let’s face it, the guy hasn’t been taken serious since the mid […] More

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    ‘Savages’, a strange and often annoying misfire

    Savages Directed by Oliver Stone Written by Shane Salerno & Don Winslow & Oliver Stone USA, 2012 Taylor Kitsch cannot catch a break this year. After appearing as the lead in the enjoyable but financially disastrous John Carter, he headlined the equally unpopular and far less entertaining Battleship. Now, he’s one of the leads of […] More

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    Wham Moment: 6 Great Game Changers in Film

    In some films, particularly of the twists and turns variety, a significant event, moment or even line of dialogue, can be summarized by the phrase “This changes everything”. This is known as a Game Changer, where the established landscape of the movie’s plot is irrevocably and dramatically altered, with no chance of ever going back. […] More

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    NYFF2011: Shorts Program Lineup Announced

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced two short films programs for the 2011 New York Film Festival as well as late-breaking updates for the Oliver Stone presentation and the Masterworks screening of BEN HUR. Due to scheduling conflicts, Oliver Stone’s “Untold History of the United States” will no longer screen at the 2011 New […] More

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    Sound On Sight Radio #230: Oliver Stone Special

    Back in 1987, writer/director Oliver Stone, fresh off the warm critical reception and multiple Oscar wins for Platoon, released Wall Street, a wildly successful drama centered around a good ol’ boy (Charlie Sheen) and the corrupt business mogul, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), who tries to corrupt him. Over two decades later, Stone has returned to […] More

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    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps suffers from remarkably misguided creative decisions

    ———— Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Directed by Oliver Stone Simultaneously doom-laden and hopelessly naive, Oliver Stone’s unsolicited follow-up to his mostly well-regarded 1987 flick Wall Street might be wider in scope than its predecessor, folding in around a dozen characters and attempting to assign both blame and explanation for the ongoing financial crisis that’s […] More

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