Brothers in Arms (and it’s not what you think)

5 02 2019

There is a trailer, an IMDB-entry, you can buy it at Amazon Video or on BluRay and DVD. Aaaand there is even a Twitter account.

Charlie Sheen narrates, as cast and crew share their personal experiences making the Academy Award winning film, Platoon. This non-union, low budget, independent film was cast almost exclusively with young, unknown actors making their first film. Together they share their first hand accounts of the grueling boot camp, Oliver Stone’s “unique” directing style, and the brutal filming conditions that together forged their eternal brotherhood.

ETA: Bought a copy. Let’s see if it’s worth the immense shipping fee from the USA.

Photos at

10 04 2013

Photos made by OS himself.

One of them was used in the Discovery Channel Documentary I just mentioned. It snowballs again!

TV: Any Given Sunday

9 08 2008

Just watched it. I don’t really relate to the subject. Or maybe I should have watch the movie ONLY, without trying to finish editing this blog at the same time…

Too many people talking at the same time didn’t help to understand the dialogues, but the cinematography is outstanding. Great stunts, great atmosphere, great sound — I almost regret I haven’t seen it on the big screen. It had this “you are there” feeling in the game sequences.

John McGinley looking super-sleazy didn’t fit into the cast somehow. Too overdone IMO. There is Oliver Stone as a commentator. And — as Michael Carlson stated in his book — there is an Indian in the movie, even if he’s uncredited: To my great surprise I recognized fragments of the soundtrack as coming from Robbie Robertson’s Music for The Native Americans. I discovered the CD by incident few years ago.

Sidetracks: Stone travelling to Russia in 1983

5 08 2008

Oliver Stone’s Twist

By A.L. Bardach
Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at 7:44 PM ET

OS:  I was in Soviet Russia for a script in 1983, and I interviewed 20 dissidents in 12 cities. I really got an idea of dissidents that was much rougher than here. These people in Cuba were nothing compared to what I saw in Russia.


He seems to be very naive in his approach regarding the situation in Cuba. To say the less. Or the interviewer wants to show him this way. But I wanted to stay away from politics… What’s really interesting to me: which script does he mean?

Zurich Festival Tribute to OS

22 05 2008


18 05 2008

I might repeat myself here:

There was a little tidbit that intrigued me from the first time I’ve read OS mentioning Taxi Driver in 1988. It was something like he “became like Travis Bickle” after his return from Vietnam. I asked myself if he could be actually the prototype of Bickle — Scorsese was his teacher in NY from 1969-70

Recently I found this article (the red highlighting is mine)

Ah, well, life can be stranger than fiction. I think given the details — it’s even more mind-boggling that Stone was NOT the prototype of Bickle…

Interesting Taxi Driver – Last Temptation of Christ parallels

The Religious Affiliation of Director Oliver Stone

16 05 2008

QUOTE: On the strength of his films it’s not difficult to guess which category he places himself in. There is a strong autobiographical streak running through all his work, from the Charlie Sheen character in Platoon to the mass murdering outlaw in Natural Born Killers. Perhaps the character closest to his heart was Jim Morrisson in The Doors, whom Stone presents as a tortured soul who risks social exile for the sake of his art. In the course of the film Morrison is compared to Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jesus Christ. Even in Heaven and Earth Stone can’t resist identifying with the central character, even though she’s a woman. In his most autobiographical film to date, Stone depicts her as a transcendent fusion of Buddha and Christ

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