Articles tagged gus van sant

‘My Own Private Idaho’ Is Anything but a Conventional Narrative

Gus Van Sant's 'My Own Private Idaho' uses a variety of devices to keep viewers off balance.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 9: Victor Sjöström to Luchino Visconti

Today we present a glorious spate of international auteurs that range from cinematic innovators from the silent era to those who continue to push the limits of film in their contemporary work.

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23 Feb 2009 // 1:46 AM

HOLLYWOOD - “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who gave a politically tinged acceptance speech on stage, continued his political bent backstage, calling on President Obama

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19 Feb 2009 // 3:31 AM

This year’s Supporting Actor?

When it comes to the best supporting actor Oscar, the winning hand could be held by The Joker. That, of course, is the late Heath

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‘Milk’s Legacy More Timely Now Than Ever

Harvey Milk was more than a politician. He was more than a grass roots illustration of San Francisco’s struggling gay rights movement and underrepresented

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Sean Penn hopes film on America’s first openly gay politician will help modern-day movement

SAN FRANCISCO - It has been 30 years since San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold such a

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Activist and former Harvey Milk confidant Cleve Jones is pleased with Gus Van Sant’s film. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT) If you weren’t

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26 Nov 2008 // 6:30 AM

‘Milk’ exposes paradox for screen’s leading men

Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” isn’t just a mainstream-minded Oscar candidate; it’s also a rallying cry. With Sean Penn starring as Harvey Milk,

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26 Nov 2008 // 2:30 AM


Milk urges optimism and action, even as it also recalls the loss of its charismatic subject.

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13 Nov 2008 // 8:59 PM

Paranoid Park

Van Sant’s narrative prowess will never be favorably compared to that of Wilder, Ford, or Tarantino. His bailiwick is character, particularly those characters who exist on the fringes: users, hustlers, hitchhikers.

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14 Mar 2008 // 1:50 AM

Paranoid Park (TIFF 2007)

Gus Van Sant is concerned with portraying the developing moral compass of a jaded youth with a heartfelt sincerity and a steady hand.

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12 Mar 2008 // 2:17 AM

Paranoid Park

The movie realizes Alex's desperate, poetic subjectivity in layers. His halting voiceover is perfectly unmatched with the uneven editing and skips back and forth in time.

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12 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mala Noche

Mala Noche's original trailer boasts that it is a story of power, sex, money, and death. They weren’t kidding.

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Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

Fabulous! might have been more accurately titled, "Assimilate! The Mainstream Commercial Success of Gay and Lesbian Cinema."

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5 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Last Days (2004)

A mediation on sadness, desire, lack of direction... and yes, Kurt Cobain, Last Days seems almost to stretch out its minutes.

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My Own Private Idaho: Criterion Collection (1991)

Mike and Scott live a strangely lyrical credence. Simultaneously inviting and resisting interpretation, they move on.

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10 Nov 2003 // 12:00 AM

Elephant (2003)

While the kids make dates and plans, you know, moment by moment, that catastrophe is imminent.

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20 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Gerry (2002)

By turns daunting and absorbing, the film is about movement that seems hopeless, that takes you nowhere, that's increasingly slowed but also increasingly urgent.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Finding Forrester (2000)

Just when did Gus Van Sant get religion? The once adventurous and near-miracle-working director (he convinced William S. Burroughs to appear in Drugstore Cowboy and

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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