It's a shame that the acting is sometimes SO bad because the directorial style would work well with natural performances that were actually good. Van Sant knows how to nonchalantly film things with a seeming lack of focus while also ensuring that the viewer is taking in the right details, be it dialogue or character interactions, or even just a look from someone.
My 2nd viewing. Warning bells should have sounded because I could not remember much, if anything, from the 1st. A ponderous film - and not in a good way. The female characters were cardboard cutouts and were by turns hilarious for it and excruciating to watch. Did not finish watching.
Paranoid Park was quite an interesting movie. I enjoyed how the movie was narrated as he was writing in his journal. It gave it a much more personal touch into him revealing his darkest secret. The scene with the security guard and the train really drew me in and left me shocked. The movie moves in many curves not really going into any specific order which makes it more interesting to watch. Would totally watch again
Captures the experience of an affluent adolescent boy dealing with an unspeakable horror. We should all have a friend like Macy. She literally pulls him back with her heart and her bicycle. All the other people in Alex’s life were like ships passing in the night which they will turn out to be when he looks back decades later. Van Sant at his best.
Paranoid park overall was actually pretty good. I liked the aspect of how Alex was narrating the story like it was a book report. However in reality, he was trying to tell the darkest secret of his life. I especially enjoyed how all the characters interacted and got deep with one another. Extremely touching. Would watch again!
a calmly gentle and perceptive film, beautifully crafted in every respect: the adults are kept at arms length too. i feel Van Sant tops this with Elephant, but it doesn't matter as they are both entries in this poets collection. if there is an issue, its the ending - what happens to the security guard? the look on his face as he was dying. but maybe he was a metaphor for changes to come anyway? great soundtrack.
This was the third time I watched Paranoid Park, and yet it felt like something I've never seen before. I remembered the camera shots, the story, but I had forgotten everything around it, the editing, the impressionist photography, the strange choice of songs for a skateboarding movie. But I guess this is what true nostalgia is about: you never understand what you've lost until it's gone forever.
Van Zant's brief experimental phase (Gerry, Elephant, Last Days) seemed to come to an end with this dreamlike arty film concerning a murder tied to a young skater. Shot with precision and beauty by Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li . Van Sant's adaptation of the Blake Nelson novel is short on linear plotting but tells an interesting tale none the less.
Teenagers at their finest. As always, when there's a crime present I get more interested in that even if the film is not at all about it. I know that it's my problem, but I can't really focus on anything else but the murder!! You know how they say, it's not you, it's me.
Bresson in the skate park, with mixed results. The use of amateur actors is only half-successful, and the lead, Gabe Nevins, is probably not up to the task, his lack of any physical presence requiring intrusive off-screen narration to convey his thoughts. Paranoid Park does avoid cliche in its naturalistic depiction of the skate scene, but doesn't know whether to tell or show, so ends up doing both at the same time.
Could have been an insightful and melancholic portrait -as it clearly intended to be- of the teenage mind-set and subcultures, yet it lets itself down through unfortunate decisions on narrativity. Both the slow-motion shots, the grainy, as if of documentary footage, sequences plus the musical ironies fail to add to what the paucity of the teenagers aims to reveal. Some fine moments on moral empathy do not suffice.
VAN SANT is talented with images, music & storytelling. A unique & awesome STYLE. This film gives a strong & long lasting emotion on innocence, teenagehood, damage done by parents divorce === VAN SANT est fort avec les images, la musique & raconter 1 histoire. Il a un STYLE impressionnant & unique. Ce film donne une émotion forte & durable sur l'innocence, l'adolescence, les dommages causés par le divorce des parents