Its been three years since I last compiled a list of my favorite films. I stress these are not the…
The Ultimate Story of Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll
The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
Oliver Stone is still up among my favorite directors. He had a purple patch from the mid-eighties to the mid-nineties when he gave us some terrific films that garnered both critical and commercial success that unfortunately he hasn't seen much of lately. This biopic of The Doors, or more accurately that of its mercurial front-man Jim Morrison divided the critics once again, but for me remains one of his finest celluloid treats.
Platoon, Wall Street, Born On The Fourth Of July, The Doors, JFK. That's a career right there. 31 Oscar Nominations for his own films to go with his screenwriting credits on the likes of Midnight Express and Scarface say it all. This film however was somehow a box…
This may actually be a perfect cinematic representation of the music of The Doors: overlong, repetitious, and centered around and unlikable asshole spouting junior high level poetry.
Oliver Stone's trippy look at the life and times of one of the world's most legendary bands was almost ignored at the cinema back in 1991. Maybe it came out at the wrong time or was just too light-weight for some audiences,who knows. It is however a stunning piece of film-making. I know I'm biased as I'm a huge Doors fan and with Val Kilmer's performance as the "Lizard King" strikingly authentic,I thought this was a worthy biopic of a complex character.
The film may well be called "The Doors",and although the other members brought their own spice to the mix of the band,Jim Morrison was The Doors. His unique blend of bohemian artistry and poetic license brought the counter-culture…
"I am the Lizard King. I can do anything."- Jim Morrison
I was first introduced to The Doors (the band) a few years ago. It wasn't until a few months ago that I really started to listen to them though. Since that time I've been a bit obsessed with them and they're pretty much all I've been listening to. As I'm writing this I'm wearing my Doors shirt and listening to them. I don't really have a favorite band, but currently it's The Doors. I love more than just their music though, I also love reading their history. So naturally I wanted to watch Oliver Stone's biopic about the band.
While the film isn't entirely accurate in its portrayal of…
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After we have been lectured (in a good way) on the back-story of the formation of the band and Morrison's starry-eyed obsession with death, by Oliver Stone himself we are suddenly shown a bare chested, arms wide open - as if in martyrdom - Val Kilmer, with hair like that of a lion's thick mane, which represents power, sexuality, the raw instinct to win a fight at all costs.
At the initial viewing some two decades ago, 'The Young Lion' photo session sequence was unnerving because of the twinlike resemblance between the thirty one year old Kilmer and the…
How a Bloated, Drunk, Greasy Lunatic Captured the Body of Val Kilmer and Has Remained Within Him Until This Very Day
Extremely psychedelic and mind numbing, The Doors is a drug infested romp that needs to be seen to be believed.
The concert scenes are controlled chaos. Stone shoots the hell out of this in a way that still humbles me as a movie-watcher. When I think about it, this is up there with Pulp Fiction in terms of influence as a teenager. This lead to Aldous Huxley, which lead to Stanley Kubrick. The Beats, to Naked Lunch, to Cronenberg. I probably waited too long for this rewatch.
I'm not a crazy big Doors fan or anything, but I like their basic hits roster well enough. I thought a biopic about them might be pretty interesting. First thing you learn about The Doors, is that Jim Morrison was like that douchebag guy you went to bullshit liberal arts school with. He's got some dumb poetry that he reads on the beach that just makes you want to punch him in the face.
But then he does drugs. Like a lot of drugs. And alcohol. So that doucheness just grows stronger. That's my main problem with the movie, I never liked Morrison, and only grew to dislike him more. We spend way too much time treading the same territory to the point that you are just begging for him to die already.
Val Kilmer was great though. He embodied that douchebag perfectly.
One of Oliver Stone's stronger efforts. He seems to have completely forgone giving the audience an accurate or standard biopic, instead allowing for Morrison's music to speak for itself and drive the story forward. The technique instantly reminded of what Ken Russell accomplished with his composer flicks.
That being said, The Doors is still incredibly over the top, and it does become overbearing at parts. There are a lot of interesting things Stone does with editing, cinematography, and musical choices. (I can only imagine what this must have played like in theaters; I've never been to a rock concert, but by the end, I felt as though I had.) Val Kilmer also gives the performance of his career.
A film I've seen bits of over the years but this is my first full watch from beginning to end, mainly because I try to avoid anything with Val Kilmer in it if possible. It's a great film and, despite my negativity towards Kilmer, he does encapsulate what Jim Morrison was all about.
Watch this instead.
Um dos melhores filmes de Oliver Stone, Val Kilmer tem aqui a grande atuação de sua carreira, parece até em alguns momentos no filme que o espírito de Jim Morrison havia baixado nele, tamanha a semelhança entre os dois. Um filme poético e com cenas belíssimas onde podemos relembrar um pouco do grande artista que infelizmente se foi tão jovem.
Holds up better than most musical biopics these days, as Stone uses Morrison not to tell the story of The Doors, but what it must have felt like to be in The Doors at that time. The period is so vividly displayed, the tale end of the sixties leading into the sobering seventies, and the music scenes border on the sublime. Val Kilmer takes what could be a parody and energizes it with his charisma and sincerity. The last half tends to drag a bit, but make no mistake; this is grand auteurist filmmaking of the highest order, a gateway film and precursor to the style of JFK and Natural Born Killers (though much much less heavy handed than NBK). We miss you, Oliver... Come back to the experiential...
Jim Morrison brought new meaning to the words, "tripping balls."
NC-17 rated films by your good friends and mine the MPAA.
A list of NC-17 rated movies by the MPAA.…