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W. teaser trailer

Posted: Mon, 28th Jul 2008, 11:51am

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The trailer for Oliver Stone's latest has appeared a little earlier than expected. W. is about the life of one George W. Bush and looks to be a return to political filmmaking for Stone. Whether this will also mark a return to the quality of Stone's 80s and early-90s classics remains to be seen.

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Posted: Mon, 28th Jul 2008, 1:57pm

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This actual looks like it could be quite good. Knowing Oliver Stone, I'm sure he's apt to include several bits of political fantasy that never happened (a la JFK, Nixon, et al) but I still think this movie looks great.

The cast is pretty much spot on (I didn't even realize that was Thandie Newton playing Condoleeza Rice) and I think Josh Brolin is the right man to play the President. Not just because of his acting skills and his Texan demeanor, but also because he's got that 'look' capable of portraying a variety of ages, from college to senior adulthood.

Given that I don't like a lot of what Oliver Stone has done (never seen Platoon, though), I didn't think I'd like this when I heard about it. But after watching World Trade Center (a misstep in timing, but a good movie nonetheless) and seeing the teaser for W., I think it looks like it could be a hit.
Posted: Mon, 28th Jul 2008, 6:35pm

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Tigerland was his best film.

This looks pretty entertaining.
Posted: Mon, 28th Jul 2008, 7:12pm

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That was Joel Schumacher, not Oliver Stone.
Posted: Mon, 28th Jul 2008, 9:16pm

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Born on the Fourth of July is easily Oliver Stone's best film. Then of course, Platoon, which won all the Academy Awards...

Unless we're still talking Joel Schumacher (I am, unbelievably, a fan of his films, inclusive of Batman Forever, save Batman and Robin) in which case I'd have to say that Falling Down is his best film, followed closely by Phone Booth.
Posted: Mon, 28th Jul 2008, 10:07pm

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I'd say Platoon is my favorite of his, followed by Wall Street. I'm not really looking forward to this film, seeing as its too early in my opinion to create a image of the successes and failures of the Bush administration, and I don't like the agenda of Stone and his company to release this just before the election.
Posted: Tue, 29th Jul 2008, 1:03am

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I do like the bit of the film covering the 'Bush origin', because it's a fun thing that I halfway know about, halfway don't.

On one hand, I remember when he was a revered governor here that most everyone respected, and the sort of 'legacy' he had. On another hand, I feel like I know absolutely nothing actually about him, and it'll be interesting to see such a story translated for the screen.
Posted: Tue, 29th Jul 2008, 4:56am

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I think his best film was "full metal jacket"


I also thought he did great with "Apocalypse now"



World trade center was pretty weak.
Posted: Tue, 29th Jul 2008, 5:31am

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Is there some kind of punchline I don't get with the naming other vietnam movies?

That was Kubrick and Coppola. You got Word Trade Center right though. 1 for 4 ain't that bad.
Posted: Tue, 29th Jul 2008, 5:36am

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The misconstruing of Vietnam movies amongst Stone, Coppola, and Kubrick is suuuuuuuuuuuch an old joke, man. Why?!?

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FrostyG, it's a joke. Personally, I actually know tons of people that think Stone did Apocalypse Now or Kubrick did Platoon or whatever. Critics still maintain, however, that Platoon is the most 'emotional' of the three. smile
Posted: Tue, 29th Jul 2008, 5:42am

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ben3308 wrote:

The misconstruing of Vietnam movies amongst Stone, Coppola, and Kubrick is suuuuuuuuuuuch an old joke, man. Why?!?
ha...ha...ha...

anyways... I'm not very big on political satire... dont find it very funny... especially when its as underhanded as this... comming out before the election... I dont care that the movies comming out but I do hope it gets held back untill after the election so it doesnt persuade a bunch of gullible people...

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Posted: Tue, 29th Jul 2008, 8:19am

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ben3308 wrote:

I do like the bit of the film covering the 'Bush origin', because it's a fun thing that I halfway know about, halfway don't.
Hehe. I like the idea of viewing it as an 'origin story'. Makes it sound like it's a superhero movie. In fact, that could be an interesting and amusing way to structure the film - the trailer does hint at that kind of route.
Posted: Tue, 29th Jul 2008, 12:19pm

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Bryce007 wrote:

I think his best film was "full metal jacket"


I also thought he did great with "Apocalypse now"



World trade center was pretty weak.
De Niro and Brando were great in Tropic Thunder.

I'm not sure why we're getting a film about Bush, especially as it's Stone it will be biased against him. I guess it's an interesting idea, to understand the kind of man who came to power while he's still in office, to maybe encourage greater understanding of candidates of the next election... I don't know.
Posted: Wed, 30th Jul 2008, 3:03pm

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youtube link since daily motion took it down.

Unless I see a better trailer it'll be a skip as it looks pretty boring.