An unsolved murder at Portland’s infamous Paranoid skateboard park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but the consequences of his own actions.
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Gabe Nevins did a fantastic job in this film. I found the dialog extremely natural, convincing and really it all rang true with me. The story is good and Aussie DP Christopher Doyle did a superb job on the visual side. I loved the eclectic music too. Overall this is my favourite film from Van Sant plus one of my favourite films of all time.
Van Zant's finest film, IMHO - Gabe Nevins is a real find and could become a major star if he chooses to continue acting. Absolutely love this film - winner of five of my Poppy year-end awards last year including Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Juvenile Performance.
Gus Van Sant, Larry Clark and Harmony Corine have made some of the most memorable recent portraits of american teenagers. What they have in common is that they make non-jugdemental narratives that show how complex growing up is, in a society where all sorts of things collide, in a body where all sorts of things are colliding. One of the best of that golden generation of filmmakers. Close to perfection. Very close.
when I see a gus van sant film I expect to see a collage of images, sound, styles, and music. And this is definitly the case in paranoid park. But for some reason this film is less organized and as a fault many sequences feel dull, irrelevant, crowded, and sloppy.
The visuals&musics are great (Thats why I put one and a half star for it). Interesting plot it brought you. Although it has bloopers that is so obvious and apparently on one of most important scene, guess the rest is okay. okay, not good.