“South of the Border”, the most recent documentary by controversial US filmmaker Oliver Stone, explores the surge of the Latin American left through the personage of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. —(http://www.embavenez-us.org/news.php?nid=5139)
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.
After dropping out of Yale University, Oliver Stone became a soldier in the Vietnam War. Serving in two different regiments (including 1rst Cavalry), he was introduced to The Doors, drugs, Jefferson Airplane, and other things that defined the sixties. For his actions in the war, he was awarded a Bronze Star for Gallantry and a Purple Heart. Returning from the war, Stone did not return to graduate from Yale. His first film was a student film entitled Last Year in Viet Nam (1971), followed by the gritty horror film Seizure (1974) for which he also wrote the screenplay. The next seven years saw him direct two films: Mad Man of Martinique (1979) and The Hand (1981), starring Michael Caine. He also wrote many screenplays… read more
there's a great story to be told of the leftward shift in latin american politics (and the history of colonialism, neoliberalism and globalization that lead to it), but oliver stone doesn't tell it. "south of the border" is primarily an introduction to the continent's political leaders, and almost all of them act like... politicians. a nice counterwieght to the fox news-ification of the region, but not a good movie.
Fortunately, we have Knight and Day behind us, but I'm glad to be updating that same entry still with fresh takes on Restrepo. In this