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So below is actually the first review I ever wrote: GUS VAN SANT PARANOID PARK

Gabe Nevins in Paranoid Park by Gus Van Sant
Paranoid Park Film Review, Gus Van Sant

ARCHIVED FROM MARCH 2008.

I am finally posting my first review/ comments on a peculiar yet fantastic film presented to us by one of the masters of artistic celluloid.

Gus Van Sant – known for such wonders as Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho and Elephant.

His new film Paranoid Park is on limited release and probably for due reason that it won’t appeal to the mainstream hordes.

The film is a confession by the main character, played by the successful film debutant Gabe Nevins.

Gabe plays a young skateboarder living the isolated youth who through events accidentally kills a security guard. Not knowing what to do he decides against doing anything until a policeman starts questioning skateboarders from his school. His solution is to write a confession that the film literally is.

Gabe Nevins in Paranoid Park by Gus Van Sant
Gabe Nevins in Paranoid Park by Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant wrote the screenplay, directed the film and added his unique flavor to things by editing the film himself.

I found the unusual filming and the downplaying of the acting bordering on real life and something I thoroughly enjoyed. Add to this some sensational sound effects and music including Elliot Smith and the film rocked my world for just under 2hrs.

I believe Gabe can go far following on the heels of this film and something that has happened to a few of the discovered leads in Van Sant’s films, Keanu Reeves, John Robinson, Ben Affleck (shhhh – it’s not his fault) and Matt Damon to name a few.

My warning though – if you don’t like arty films and prefer things blowing up with a limited plot then this is NOT FOR YOU. This will appeal to the discerning film lover.

The most expensive ticket in Australia at the general cinemas is $16-, for this film I would pay $11-