Tag: Oliver Stone

Otto Preminger’s Stark Little Masterpiece: Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)

Otto Preminger’s Stark Little Masterpiece: Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)

September 19, 2016 | By

Review of Otto Preminger’s moody psychological thriller Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) from Twilight Time + Editorial Blather on Preminger, Saul Bass, and the value of a cultivated brand name.

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Modern Noir: Sean Penn in U-Turn (1997) + The Gunman (2015)

Modern Noir: Sean Penn in U-Turn (1997) + The Gunman (2015)

November 25, 2015 | By

Sean Penn headlines a pair of modern noir entries on Blu: Oliver Stone’s brilliantly wacky U-Turn (1997) from Twilight Time, and Pierre Morel’s The Gunman (2015) from Universal.

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BR: U-Turn (1997)

BR: U-Turn (1997)

November 25, 2015 | By

A gamble for Mike Medavoy’s fledgling Phoenix Films and ultimately a box office and critical dud upon its theatrical release, U-Turn’s evolved into an undiscovered classic of modern noir if not a cult film, and one of Oliver Stone’s best films of the 1990s where every instinct almost yields a perfect result…

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Refugee Tales: Heaven & Earth (1993) + Green Dragon (2001)

Refugee Tales: Heaven & Earth (1993) + Green Dragon (2001)

November 24, 2015 | By

Reviews of two films chronicling aspects of the Vietnam War and its central refugee characters: Oliver Stone’s Heaven & Earth (1993) on Blu via Twilight Time + Timothy and Tony Bui’s Green Dragon (2001) on DVD from Sony.

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BR: Heaven & Earth (1993)

BR: Heaven & Earth (1993)

November 24, 2015 | By

According to Oliver Stone, Heaven & Earth isn’t part of his ‘Vietnam Trilogy’ – there isn’t one, just a series of films dealing with aspects of the war instead of recurring characters – but it’s certainly an interesting choice in subject, coming after the autobiographical Platoon (1986) and the bio-drama Born on the Fourth of July (1989)…

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Twilight Time Goes to War, Part 3: Salvador, plus The Honorary Consul

Twilight Time Goes to War, Part 3: Salvador, plus The Honorary Consul

November 14, 2014 | By

Reviews of Twilight Time’s crisp Blu-ray of Oliver Stone’s Oscar-Nominated Salvador (1986) + Graham Greene’s The Honorary Consul / aka Beyond the Limit (1983) on, er, Betamax.

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BR: Salvador (1986)

BR: Salvador (1986)

November 14, 2014 | By

After taking two unsuccessful pokes at directing with Seizure (1974) and the awful The Hand (1981), Oliver Stone parlayed the success of his script for Scarface (1983) by developing Salvador, based on the writings of photo journalist Richard Boyle…

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