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POLITFLIX 13: It’s a CONSPIRACY! Dave and James look at Oliver Stone and the shadowy world of the Political Biopic: JFK, NIXON, W, SNOWDEN! Plus the usual news and comment from BREXIT to DISNEY!

by James Murphy

 

POLITFLIX: EPISODE 13 / THE OLIVER STONE BIOPIC CONSPIRACY FILES! 

Politics: it’s the art of the possible. Who said that? Dunno. Look it up afterwards. What I DO know is that Polit-FLIX is the art of the podcast..fusing film news and comment to political themes and a retrospective review of a genre / franchise etc.

This week? We look at the work of Oliver Stone: namely some of his more famous biopics: JFK, NIXON, W (‘Dubya’) and SNOWDEN. As part of that: the idea of conspiracy. Is it credible that actual power blocks control world events, right down to the selection and elimination of key leaders?

And if that were the case, would it in any way absolve said leaders of the burdens contained in moral as much as political responsibility? Was JFK a good guy and Nixon a Bad ‘un? Or are things a LOT more complex?

Also covered:

  • Disney buy Fox: the implications for our favourite franchise films in both camps.
  • BREXIT: Will it ever end? Does it impact the Irish question? Does anyone care?
  • Warren Beatty and George Clooney as political filmmakers and future podcast topics.
  • Should Tarantino take on a STAR TREK film? Christopher Nolan for Bond 25?
  • The Surveillance State: when does it go too far?
  • Plus, James has a few celebrity anecdotes..none of which Dave believe actually happened..

The rest? CLASSIFIED! But you can join us below: click, relax, listen. It’s a conspiracy..;)

 

Post Script Show Notes:

James Murphy is Editor in Chief at Movie Viral

Dave Bond is Host at Do You Expect us To Talk?

Oliver Stone is a film-maker, writer, archivist, activist, war veteran and..well.the list goes on. A remarkable man by any standard, his films tend to have a sense of justice and morality: exposing injustice and righting historical wrongs, whilst remaining provocative and open to interpretation. His most famous and celebrated work is in the biopic genre, though Stone has branched out to other areas and even was courted by both the SUPERMAN and MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE series. A fascinating person and legacy.  https://twitter.com/TheOliverStone

Kevin Costner is a celebrated actor/director. He was THE go to leading man of the 80s/90s. But also, a victim of his own success. Costner’s natural and understandable assumption was that epic = his genre = good = box office plus critical acclaim. Whilst he has arguably not topped DANCES WITH WOLVES, that’s because success of that kind is frankly..hard to beat or even equal. And his turns in No Way Out, The Untouchables and JFK, then THIRTEEN DAYS, make him the poster boy in retrospect for the cinema of conspiracy theories and political speculation. A key feature of our childhood, the work of Mr Costner will no doubt feature again on this podcast.

JFK

NIXON

W

SNOWDEN

NO WAY OUT

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Fiona Lewis

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