If you’re not familiar with the work of Oliver Stone, well, you should be. It would be a fun summer project to pick like maybe 5 or 6 Stone films and watch them and keep your notes in a notebook and do some sketches of how each movie made you feel and try your hand at creating your own posters. Yeah, you totally should do that.
You’ll discover a distinctive visual style that often seems, to use a technical film term, crazy. And somewhere around the third film, especially if you try to do this over a long weekend, you’ll feel like you’re losing your mind. That’s how you’ll know you’re right where Oliver wants you to be.
And that’s probably where Savages will put you too. It’s gorgeous, and I don’t mean just because of Blake and Taylor. It’s movie California, the way people who have never been there think it looks. But what really stood out for me, and I know I’ve talked about him before, was Benicio. Dude was scary in 1989 in a Bond movie where he looked like it really made him happy to be bad, and now he looks like it makes him even happier. Benicio has gone to the place where you think you’re not watching an actor acting scary, you’re watching a scary guy act like he’s acting. Chilling. Which is great when it’s a million out. Benicio should have his own section in your Oliver Stone notebook. It will be the scariest, coolest part.
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