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
as a fan of The Doors, I've always been fascinated with and admired Jim Morrison. this movie only fueled my love for him & the band. I thought Oliver Stone, although glorifying him a little, did an appropriate job of chronicle his life. I'm not his biographer or anything, but from what I've read previous to seeing this film, it's pretty accurate. in this movie he's painted as an anti-hero, which is how a lot of people saw him back then. a genius wordsmith and leader of a revolution, plagued by addictions.
I probably watched this film 100 times the summer before college. It's not for everyone, but if you love The Doors, you're sure to get a kick out of it.
Like most things by Oliver Stone, promising but you can't say its really great or totally good.
Could've been great if it wasn't for Morrison's vainglorious jibberish. Without dialogue I'd give this like 4.5 stars. As it stands, it's just a good experimental film disguised as a mainstream one. Composed beautifully by Oliver Stone and Robert Richardson.
THE WOLF OF LOVE STREET.
I love The Doors, the band. Jim Morrison is god. I own his poetry collections, several posters, and three biographies on him. He was a genius. A troubled, misunderstood genius. He was also a drunk and an asshole - nobody denies that.
However, this film portrays him solely as that. There's the problem. Jim was a lot more than his addiction to alcohol. He wasn't always a mean, obnoxious dude. This film is so dense with its portrayal of Jim, that it shouldn't even be categorised as a biopic because it isn't at all.
Then again, maybe I'm blinded by my admiration and love of Morrison, both the poet and the person. So take my bitching about this movie with a grain of salt and know I'm biased.
As with most of his biopics, Oliver Stone misses out on documenting the facts in favor of exaggerating characters and everything we knew about the 60's and 70's in one 2 1/2 hour cinematic ego trip. However, that doesn't take away from the mind-blowing experience it was to watch this great movie. Val Kilmer is electrifying as Jim Morrison and Meg Ryan is incredible as Pam Courson. The outstanding performances and amazing attention to visual detail makes me forgive all the flaws that "The Doors" has. I really loved this movie.
Not the worst movie ever. However, it does feature the worst music ever. So points taken away.
"Let my love open the door, let my love open the door, let my love open the door to your heart!" Ha-ha, I just quoted Pete Townshend because I'm much more of a fan of The Who (Call me Un-American if you want, but the Brits do tend to make better music), but make no mistake, this band was much trippier and edgier, as well it would have to have been to get a movie by Oliver Stone. Yeah, just looking at how this is an Oliver Stone film about The Doors makes me a little bit high, because the Oliver Stone(d) that was released later in 1991 was trippy enough as an epic about an investigation of the John…
NC-17 rated films by your good friends and mine the MPAA.
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