I seem to be allergic to everything this spring. Been sneezing for an hour and its way past nightfall. It's like the pollen must have gotten in the house somehow. v_v
Watched an interesting 'making of' documentary about the movie Platoon. Seems the director, Oliver Stone, kind of put them through a sort of forced method acting experience. It's not uncommon for actors doing war movies to do a boot-camp session before the shoot, to get them a basic knowledge of soldiering, but Stone took this to the extreme. Weirder still, the cast relate that at various times Stone seemed to be having flashbacks of his time 'in the shit' whilst filming certain scenes.
What's impressive about the movie is that you can feel the hate in the platoon - not so much against the enemy (whom they seldom run into) but against each other. You get this sense of the million injustices piling up on each of them, from the slightest to the deepest, creating this feral kind of antagonism with each other but also a brotherly bond amongst those who treat them right. I mean when paranoia becomes the way of the world, justice takes on huge significance anyway - and nothing is going to make you more paranoid than knowing a whole army is out to kill you everyday, and every wrong step could be your last, and you have no idea what you're going to have to see that day or lose that day.
Was it an unethical way of film-making? Absolutely - but it produced an authenticity that any other attempt could not.
It was nice to see Charlie Sheen and Depp when they were riding high too.
Wish I could stop sneezing...