Platoon (30th anniversary w/ Matt Zoller Seitz and Jim Beaver)

Co-presented by Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

“I’m 70 years old,” said Oliver Stone in a recent interview, “and I’m still angry.” Even detractors can’t dismiss the sustained anger—and political discontentment—that has propelled his films for over four decades. As Stone has morphed from David into Goliath (B-movie filmmaker into big-budget studio helmer), he has remained principled—an uncompromising and apoplectic socio-political gadfly. Perhaps no movie showcases Stone’s ceaseless frustration with the Powers that Be more effectively than Platoon, the first in his iconic Vietnam trilogy. Stuck between a moral crisis and a hard place, Charlie Sheen delivers a career-best performance as Chris, an impressionable young soldier who must grapple with the senseless of a vexing war.

In celebration of Platoon’s 30th Anniversary and the publication of The Oliver Stone Experience (New York Magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s no-holds-barred book), Seitz joins us for a conversation with actor/Vietnam vet Jim Beaver (Deadwood, Supernatural, Justified).

Dir. Oliver Stone, 1986, 35mm, 120 min.