Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Directed by: Oliver Stone Written by: Allan Loeb & Stephen Schiff Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia Labeouf, Carey Mulligan, and Josh Brolin
There are political movies, and there are political movies done by Oliver Stone. A man so unapologetic about his politics, he is for the fictional film what Michael Moore is for the documentary. He aims not to provoke, but to convince. Over the years, he has become the maker of subtle, brilliant excercises of filmmaking technique (the original Wall Street) to someone merely out to give a speech on an issue.
The Social Network Directed by: David Fincher Written by: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book) Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, and Justin Timberlake
There’s always that early fall movie that gets ridiculously good reviews. Last year it was Precious, and this year it looks like David Fincher’s Facebook exposé The Social Network. Already hailed as a classic by publications as diverse as Rolling Stone and Film Comment, it looks to be yet another “movie of the moment,” much like Up in the Air. It’s hard pressed to make that kind of judgment until the movie actually comes out, but the trailer itself doesn’t speak this highly of the movie.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Directed by: Oliver Stone Written by: Allan Loeb & Stephan Schiff Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, and Josh Brolin
It’s kind of weird that with the slew of franchise reboots and unwanted fifth entries in series, Oliver Stone has decided to make a franchise out of his 80’s exploration of the costs of big money. Even when you look at the times we’re in, it seems odd that Stone wouldn’t just make a completely different movie with different characters that explored the modern age. But here we are, leaving one of the worst summers in recent memory, heading into a fall that hopefully lifts the year up. Stone can either help or hinder with his oddly risky sequel, and from the looks of the trailer, he may in fact knock it out of the park.