Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Steven Soderbergh Re-Scores And Changes Steven Spielberg's 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' To Black-And-White Watch: Steven Soderbergh Re-Scores And Changes Steven Spielberg's 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' To Black-And-White Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big  Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders Watch: Oscar Isaac And Jessica Chastain Are At War In First Trailer For 'A Most Violent Year' Watch: Oscar Isaac And Jessica Chastain Are At War In First Trailer For 'A Most Violent Year' Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Watch: Oliver Stone Talks 'Natural Born Killers' & Media Reaction On 1995 Episode Of BBC's 'Moving Pictures'

The Playlist By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist June 20, 2013 at 10:18AM

Last year, following the trio of straight-laced, minor efforts in “World Trade Center,” “W.,” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Oliver Stone conjured up an early nostalgic excitement for the Blake Lively/Taylor Kitsch action-drama “Savages,” promising a “return to form” from the passionate director. While that film turned out to be a muddled, occasionally entertaining mess, its spiritual predecessor, “Natural Born Killers,” landed in much more controversy, and an archival clip from 1995 examines the film's testy British release.
1
Natural Born Killers

Last year, following the trio of straight-laced, minor efforts in “World Trade Center,” “W.,” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Oliver Stone conjured up an early nostalgic excitement for the Blake Lively/Taylor Kitsch action-drama “Savages,” promising a “return to form” from the passionate director. While that film turned out to be a muddled, occasionally entertaining mess, its spiritual predecessor, “Natural Born Killers,” landed in much more controversy, and an archival clip from 1995 examines the film's testy British release.

Culling interviews with film critics David Thomson, Joe Queenan, as well as Stone himself, the 12-minute segment of BBC's “Moving Pictures” series is an intriguingly-timed bit of coverage: After its critically-lambasted theatrical run in America, “Natural Born Killers” was caught up with the BBFC in Britain, who shelved it while they debated whether or not to ban it. In the end, the Woody Harrelson/Juliette Lewis satire was released, and the BBC clip contains Stone examining the critical reaction to the film, as Thomson and Queenan provide suitably unfavorable opinions.

While praising DP Robert Richardson's work on the film, Thomson claims it's “a test case of everything is happening visually, and there is not a single thing of interest in the picture.” Regarding reactions like these, Stone says, “I think that it's easy to hate the movie because you don't like it, it deals with a subject matter that is very difficult…It's easy to say kill the messenger, which is what critics did coming after me.”

It wouldn't be the first time Stone has been in the center of vitriol, but check out the clip below and see if it's worth a re-watch. And the rest of the episode is worth your time too with Jack Fisk and John Dahl talking about the influence of artist Edward Hopper and Shekhar Kapur discussing "The Bandit Queen."

This article is related to: Oliver Stone


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates