Re: Things I watched this weekend
Salvador - Oliver Stone
A pretty damn good movie by Stone released in the same year (1986) as Platoon, which must have been a really hard working year for Mr. Stone.
This one is about a down-and-out photojournalist Boyle(James Woods) who heads out with his drifter friend (James Belushi) to El Salvador hoping to get some sensation-worthy pictures of the conflict between the dictatorial government and militant rebels that'll earn him money and put his career back on the line. Boyle's a smooth operator, hobnobbing and playing off against both sides of the conflict, while he carries on with his Salvadorean lover. But situations soon drift out of control and his frustrations with how the conflict is affecting him personally exposes a raw nerve (and a scene where he basically becomes Oliver Stone's mouthpiece in which he denounces the US government's support for tyrannical regimes simply for being non-communist) which lands him in deep trouble.
Whatever your political viewpoints maybe, this is still a very energetically made movie and James Woods gave a great lead performance (nominated for the Oscar).