3 items from 2012
From "Platoon" to "JFK" to "Nixon" and beyond, few filmmakers have done more to challenge the convenient bonafides of Us history than Oliver Stone. Judging by the response to yesterday’s sneak peak at his upcoming Showtime series "The Untold History of the United States," the director has lost none of his audacity in his transition to premium cable. (Video from press conference below.) The entertaining first three episodes, narrated by Stone and compiled largely from archival footage, animated maps and film clips (among them "Twelve O’Clock High," "Sands of Iwo Jima," and of course, a whole lot of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"), were followed by a civil but occasionally boisterous panel at the Walter Reade Theater. Nyff's Richard Pena moderated the discussion between co-writers Stone and Peter Kuznick, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and Jonathan Schell, and finally historian »
- Sheerly Avni
Once upon a time John Wayne was the quintessential action star of Hollywood. He was the idol of rugged masculinity, a man’s man. While he’s best known for westerns like True Grit, Rio Bravo, The Searchers, and the like, he also appeared in the war epics The Green Berets, Sands of Iwo Jima, and The Longest Day. Two new sets, “In the Saddle” and “In Action”, celebrating his western and war films have recently been produced and, sorry for the fake out, but they include none of the films listed above. In fact, they’re simultaneously deceitful and disappointing in ways, as the volume boasting his “action” side includes a documentary he merely narrated and both feature some of his less than spectacular features.
- Lex Walker
Randy runs for office.
When talk turns to Louisiana, we don’t really think of wine. Mint juleps, sure. Falstaff beer, of course. Absinthe, it makes the heart grow fonder. But, be honest. When you think of Louisiana, you think of crooked politicians, complete with prison sentences.
Willie Stark is the main character in All The King’s Men, and he was pretty much traced from a cutout of former Louisiana Governor Huey Long. Broderick Crawford’s bellicose portrayal is – for my popcorn money – one of the best acting jobs in movie history.
Stark is a populist politician who forms a ruthless political machine behind all the dumb ol’ hicks he wins over with his “I’m just like you” jingoism. That’s right – it’s kinda like watching Fox News.
The story of Huey Long fascinates me, turns my stomach, makes me cry, makes me vote, makes me want to give up voting. »
3 items from 2012
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