Posts Tagged ‘high’


Elephant / 2003 / “So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
Paranoid Park / 2007 / “I just feel like there’s something outside of normal life…

[Reviewed by: Eric Raymer]

It’s that time again – time for textbooks and school supplies, for bus rides and homework, for manslaughter and murder… Well, hopefully not those last two, although your odds aren’t great if you happen to be a character in a Gus Van Sant film. In Elephant and Paranoid Park, the kids are definitely not all right. Both films take place in high schools and focus on teenagers dealing with some problems that stretch a little further than your typical growing pains. (more…)


[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Since the late 90’s, action movies have been trending more towards CGI laden spectacles. Granted, all movies at this point are subject to some amount of CGI, even on the smallest scale, but the day of the muscle bound action star has waned. Instead we are inundated with superhero movies and epic fantasies. (Read: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, Avatar…) The days of the tough guy, in a tough spot, using pure brute force, are seemingly gone. There have been some blips on the radar: the Bourne series, the most recent Rambo, Casino Royale (which could be argued down), and most everything that Jason Statham has put out. Statham hearkens back to the days of testosterone fueled ass-kicking, perhaps that’s why he’s so popular, and perhaps that’s why he fits in Stallone’s recent parade of action stars, The Expendables (2010). He is carrying on the tradition pioneered by the likes of Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Stallone. (more…)