218 Great Directors: Oliver Stone

“Nationalism and patriotism are the two most evil forces that I know of in this century or in any century and cause more wars and more death and more destruction to the soul and to human life than anything else.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Platoon, mostly.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Uh…see below.

What Did I Watch: A rewatch of Platoon.

Where Does He Fit: I rewatched Platoon because even though I’d seen it, I had trouble remembering the details. This is a problem that frustratingly still remains even after a second viewing, with the experience unfolding in an uncanny valley. If Thin Red Line and Apocalypse Now were dream and nightmares of Vietnam, and certain other war films are just the standard, Platoon unfolds somewhere in the middle, right down to the philosophical voiceover from Charlie Sheen that doesn’t quite fit but in a way that is productive to the aesthetic for reasons I cannot quite pinpoint. Still, Stone’s unsubtle nature leads to something very much worth its BP title in some ways, in that it is definitely more provocative and risky than most winners.


Most Valuable Asset: Incoherent, epic politics.
Most Excited For: JFK.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Undecided.

Coming Up Next: Bollywood master Guru Dutt.

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