After World Trade Center ended up not being the conspiracy movie they feared but the kind of pablum they love, and after W. ended up being an almost tender portrait of our shittiest president, conservatives may be chilling out on Oliver Stone. Not that they like him or anything, but he’s definitely sliding down their list of people to irrationally hate.

Stone must be upset about this; why else would he be making a documentary about Hugo Chavez, a South American boogey man who makes Freepers shit their shorts? His name is a killing word. The president of Venezuela, Chavez says a lot of things I like and does a lot of things I don’t like, such as acting like a total dick to his own people and press. The conservatives don’t like him because he’s a good old fashioned commie, and because he’s sitting on a shit ton of oil. Oil that God most likely intended for us to have to fuel our giant cars that get horrible mileage. USA! USA! USA!

Anyway, Stone has been filming Chavez for six months. He was even there when Chavez negotiated the freedom of some FARC-held hostages in Colombia a while back. Stone says that won’t be the focus of his film, but that he’ll rather be interested in the opposition to Chavez, especially Chavez’ war of words with the Bush administration.

Meanwhile, Stone is working on another super secret documentary. He won’t say what it is, but he does deny that it’s about Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Which is too bad – he could package that with this Chavez film and his Fidel Castro doc, Commandante, in a The Devils You Know three pack.