Salvador by Oliver Stone

Salvador_2Fired up the video projector this evening and put this on the wall. One of my favourite films – though it is a harrowing one. War movies for me either become very cynical or are variants on a kind of weird buddy road movie. I appreciate Stone’s outrage. No one comes out of it well – there’s always an alternative point of view – the yanks, the right wing death squads, the peaceniks – the press, and of course James Woods and James Belushi along for the ride. Kind of ironic to be watching this when Pakistan is in a state of emergency but the US and UK aren’t going to do anything about it because of security issues in the region. It seems we really haven’t learned anything. There’s nothing objective about Stone’s film but perhaps objectivity can only get you so far. Partisanship can get you further.

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