Filmmaker Oliver Stone was one of Hollywood's most controversial directors in the '90s, tackling stories rife with conspiracy theories and often testing the mores of the American viewing public. Now a new biography about Stone and a new film by him, focusing on Edward Snowden, is bringing Stone back into the public eye, and he’ll be visiting the Alamo Drafthouse in March for a double feature of two of his classics.
Matthew Zoller Seitz, popular film and television critic, author and editor of RogerEbert.com, is working on a new book about the Oscar-winning director and will host Stone's visit to the Alamo on Sunday, March 6. The stop will include a screening of Stone’s dark and underrated 1997 noir U-Turn, starring Jennifer Lopez and Sean Penn, and his 1994 masterpiece of pop-culture criticism, Natural Born Killers.
Penned by Quentin Tarantino, Killers will be presented with a special Craft Dinner, starring a special “Meat Man” burger and triple feature of Santa Fe craft beers to complement what is sure to be a rousing post-film discussion between Seitz and Stone, who will talk about the director's career, Killers and its ahead-of-its-time message, Seitz’s new book on the filmmaker, and what we can expect from Snowden, which hits theaters this May, with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the notorious CIA employee who made thousands of private and secret documents public and then went into hiding in Russia.
Stone has been noticeably absent from the film scene so far this decade; 2012’s Savages was his last movie, and a far cry from bold hits like Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK and Killers. Seitz’s book, The Oliver Stone Experience, will be released in September, after three years of interviews with Stone.
Tickets are on sale now, and going fast, for the two programs on Sunday, March 6, at the Alamo Drafthouse, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive. U-Turn screens at 5:15 p.m. on 35mm with a special introduction by Stone and Seitz; tickets are $20. Natural Born Killers screens at 8:45 p.m. with a post-film discussion by Stone and Seitz; tickets are $35 and include a meal and three beers. Get yours at drafthouse.com.
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