James Woods in Salvador
Yesterday's birthday boy Oliver Stone has been praised and criticised in equal measure, his view of America's issues has caused much cinematic debate yet he has produced movies that have become somewhat classics of their time: Platoon, Wall Street, JFK. He has also directed some movies that are just not up to a high enough standard. Controversy has pretty much followed him but he is an extremely talented film maker. He has a political edge to his work and also uses complex editing and structure. Three of his best movies are little seen; Salvador, Talk Radio and U turn all feature great performances from talented actors and are less bombastic than Stone's usual fare, making for great entertainment.