Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, at a theater near you
TI usually breaks into the reference vault when picking flicks but the promise of Gus Van Sant's latest, "Paranoid Park", actually dragged me out to an actual theater for the screening. As critics have been underscoring, "Paranoid Park" makes for a beautiful bookend to Van Sant's first outing , "Mala Noche". Based on the "young adult" novel by Blake Nelson, the film centers on the emotional torment the lead character Alex suffers when he accidentally causes the death of a security guard. The impressionistic blur created by the mix of 35mm, Super-16 and videotape makes this film feel very much like an elegy to the state of suspension represented by adolescence. Gabe Nevis in the lead, btw shimmers with serious star quality. Found via Myspace in fact!