I gave you five stars for that honey! "Like a monkey at a zoo" Cracked me up, the visual was pricelss, and makes me want to pick up the movie just for that scene. Astute!
Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. When you see that scene tell me if you agree!
Hi, Brent. Congrats on guesting, another great post. I agree with your description of the masturbation scene. I guess that's what happens when a person is stripped of everything except basic needs.
Thanks Sweepyjean! It really is quite a scene, more so because it seems to come out of nowhere. The viewer is as surprised as Susan is.
Great post, Brent.This movie completely blew my mind. I thought John Hurt was brilliant. I hate to say it, because I know it's unpopular but this is BY FAR my favorite Oliver Stone film. I was lucky enough to meet John Hurt at a party after Midnight Express came out and tell him how incredible I thought his performance was. He said, "Wait until you see the next one, it's reeeallly nasty!" That, of course, was Alien. :-)
Thanks Bridget! Stone certainly had more popular films, but this one is really different in that it is his closest film to being just the story itself. I like a lot of his work, but I often feel like he sacrifices story for the sake of message. (That is done here too, but in a subtle enough way that it works, the courtroom scene being the sign of things to come.) But nonetheless, I appreciate his passion for making film and trying to reach people with them. John Hurt was brilliant, no doubt no question. His wise man/junkie here was terrific. He just seemed so fragile that when they dragged him off I could totally believe Billy losing it. He was certainly telling the truth about his Alien role. That chestbursting scene was really nasty and probably one of the most remembered scenes in all of film.
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