[The Director John] Curran (“We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Painted Veil”) layers the movie with snatches of late-night talk-radio pleas for redemption, and turns Jack and Stone’s parole sessions into a kind of confessional. That idea may not be new, but how Curran and his cast chew into it is often mesmerizing.
I beginning to get it. Though my voice in John Curran’s Stone is essential to the plot, it serves to present Christian talk radio as irrelevant to the real stuff of life. At least that’s the impression of Stephen Whitty, the film reviewer for the New Jersey Star-Ledger:
“…the movie is dotted with Christian imagery and influences (including a soundtrack awash in evangelical radio — static, the film implies, which we have to tune out if we’re ever going to really hear).”
Whitty also calls Stone “the most religious film of the year” and “a meditation on faith, in all its forms.”
The film’s soundtrack is flooded with the sound of talk-radio callers and a broadcast of what is apparently the only show anyone in the greater Detroit area listens to: a faith-based, paranoia-stoking program called “All Voices Under God.”
In honor of John Lennon’s 70th Birthday, I offer you this rare look at Lennon and Bob Dylan sharing a taxi.