Tag Archives: Gus Van Sant

Hollywood (and a GOP Governor) Kill an Antigay Bill

Sometimes the good guys win. In the AP clip above from today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal explains why he will veto House Bill 757, what’s popularly called a “religious liberty” bill. It’s an eloquent little speech where he expressly says that he believes the bill discriminates against the state’s LGBT community.  The bill is part … Continue reading Hollywood (and a GOP Governor) Kill an Antigay Bill

Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

The clip above is a Euronews summary of last night’s awards ceremony at the Cannes film festival. I wasn’t there, but the time has come for a look back at the event how it appeared from the outside. The jury of this year’s festival was chaired by the Coen brothers and consisted of Guillermo del … Continue reading Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

Good Will Hunting

SOME PEOPLE CAN NEVER BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES, UNTIL SOMEONE BELIEVES IN THEM. A professor and a therapist (Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Williams) try to make a twenty-year-old janitor (Matt Damon) at MIT realize that his brilliant mind should not be wasted. The drama that made Damon and Ben Affleck into household names in Hollywood became a … Continue reading Good Will Hunting

Hollywood Fighting a Good, Gay Fight

God, I never thought I would actually agree with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on anything. But the time has come. On this morning’s Face the Nation, Perkins distanced himself from Republican Senator Rand Paul (Ron’s kid) who recently quipped,  “Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure [Obama’s] views on marriage could get any gayer.” The … Continue reading Hollywood Fighting a Good, Gay Fight

Milk: Here to Recruit You

His life changed history. His courage changed lives. [youtube=http://youtu.be/Zp0uYT0zDbA&w=540&h=320]   Director Gus Van Sant is a strange fellow. His oeuvre is full of original films about people who choose their own paths in life, but he’s never made a movie quite like this. Some will argue that Van Sant is merely trying to reach a … Continue reading Milk: Here to Recruit You

Psycho

CHECK IN. RELAX. TAKE A SHOWER. The pointlessness of Gus Van Sant’s project is staggering; plays are restaged all the time, for instance, but rarely does anyone try to copy a specific famous production of one. Few changes have been made to this scene-by-scene remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece, but they’re all bad. The … Continue reading Psycho