Tag Archives: Oliver Stone

Any Given Sunday is a winner

3 Feb

Any-Given-Sunday

In 1999, American Football was transitioning from the run the ball up the middle offenses to a more wide open passing game that featured speed on the outside and brutal hits across the middle, which made for great entertainment for popular audiences. Oliver Stone’s film, Any Given Sunday opens the locker room door to reveal a cast of football players and coaches that will go to any lengths to win the game of football. Like most of his films, Stone wants to communicate the social, cultural, and political underpinnings governing his characters’ choices. For the most part, he is successful because of the film’s cast and production value are top-notch, but at times it can be heavy handed. The camera work captures the speed and impact of the game while football fans are able to see some of the game’s legends (Lawrence Taylor) act alongside some veteran talent (Al Pacino, James Woods, and Dennis Quaid). Any Given Sunday is a winner.

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: B

Adam’s Grade: B-

Savages has high expectations, but burns out rather quickly

13 Jan

SAVAGES

Director Oliver Stone’s latest fantasy film pits a sexy blonde named O (Blake Lively) in a romantic relationship(s) with two good-looking guys, who happen to be best friends and southern California’s leading growers of high-end marijuana. Unfortunately, their magic kingdom comes to an end when O is kidnapped by the Mexican drug cartel and used as a leverage to force Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) to work for a new employer. As usual, Stone takes a slice of truth from our contemporary condition and blows it up bigger than a reporter from a conservative news channel. If I was sixteen again, I would think this is one of the coolest films for about a month, but I am not, and I found this film becoming progressively worse as it continued. It may have been better without Lively’s poorly written narration, but Stone cannot resist pointing out the obvious.  Savages has high expectations, but burns out rather quickly.

WORD COUNT: 159

Chuck’s Grade: D

Adam’s Grade: N/A