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Reappreciation Society: Year Of The Dragon

No-one does excess quite like Michael Cimino (Heaven’s Gate, The Deer Hunter). And when you factor in a co-writing credit by Oliver Stone and a hey-day bruising performance by Mickey Rourke, you get crimeland / cop procedural drama Year Of The Dragon. Light the touchpaper and step back, because “This isn’t the Bronx or Brooklyn. […]

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Oliver Stone’s Comandante

Unless you’ve been living in a catatonic state since the double-whammy of Brexit and Trump-ton, you’ll know that Fidel Castro, lifetime president of Cuba, has died at the age of 90 (and not by the hands of the CIA, who tried to do him in multiple times with increasingly bizarre methods). In 2002, film-maker Oliver […]

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Scene Is Believing: Alexander

The elephant battle, River Jhelum Towards the end of Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Colin Farrell’s driven Macedonian has pushed his army further than any Greek in the ancient world has ever gone, now clashing with Indian warlords on massive war-elephants. Stone cheats a little with this battle, substituting Alexander’s suicidal leap across the battlements at Multan […]

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Gaugamela Nights: The Ballad Of Oliver Stone’s Alexander

  “Fortune favours the bold,” quoth Virgil in the opening titles to Oliver Stone’s epic, Alexander (2004).  It is meant to sum up the the reach of perhaps the greatest overachiever in any world, ancient or modern; conqueror, explorer, king, diplomat, demi-God. And one who fled to the end of the known world to escape the […]

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