May 20, 2014 Sheeraz Ahmad

The films of Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone Born in New York cheap raiders jerseys City in 1946, Stone was raised in an affluent home (his father was a stockbroker) and attended Yale. He served in Vietnam and came home a decorated combat veteran, and a man who was, he says, forever changed. “How do you come back from the cheap chargers jerseys war? If you come back stone dead inside or do you come back with a heart still? That was the hardest thing for me. It was not fighting the enemy, although they were significant. But it was to try to keep your own humanity alive inside you. Believe me, that war is a curse, because it scars people for life.” He overcame it, he told Katie Couric, through art. “I made three movies about it. So, I was able to exorcise some of these devils.”

“Wall Street” The lure of money and power was tantalizingly dramatized in this 1987 tale of a young man (Charlie Sheen) tempted by wealth’s corrupting influences. He goes toe to toe with financier Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), who proceeds to walk all over him. Gekko memorably defined a decade of excess by exclaiming, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.” Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

“JFK” No other film of Stone’s solidified in the public’s mind an image of the filmmaker as did his 1991 story examining the fallout from the assassination of President Kennedy. “JFK” took New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) on a hyper kinetic journey into a labyrinth of politics, espionage, dirty tricks and lost innocence, in which a patriotic, conservative law enforcement official begins to doubt his faith in his government but not the wholesale bears jerseys law. The film was nominated for 8 Oscars and won 2, for its bravura cinematography and editing.

“W” Given Stone’s liberal proclivities, audiences assumed his 2008 film on George W. Bush would be a scathing indictment. But Stone told Daily Variety, “I want a fair, true portrait of the man. How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world?”

Stone told Katie Couric, “As much as I may detest his policies, I tried to make him human. And some people criticized me and they said it was too wholesale lions jerseys sympathetic to Bush. I thought it was empathetic, [which] is a big difference to me.”

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” Stone had hesitated doing a sequel to one of his most popular films (“You can never go back in time, set foot in the same river twice, you know?”). But more than two decades after the first “Wall Street,” the excesses of the financial world still seem timely. He told Kate Couric the bubble of the 1980s is a recurring phenomenon: “We’ve seen bubbles all my life. In 2000 you saw the bubble with the Internet, and then you saw another bubble with real estate. I’ve seen four bubbles, big bubbles now. I think to a certain degree, we are a bubbled economy. What the next bubble is, we’ll see.”