Paranoid Park

Paranoid Park

DVD - 2007
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Alex is a 16 year old skater, spending his afternoons with his pal Jared at the inner city skate park known as Paranoid Park. One evening, when one of the older boys takes Alex under his wing, a tragic accident occurs leaving a security guard dead. Interviewed by the police and misunderstood by his cheerleader girlfriend Jennifer, Alex decides to say nothing, taking on a crushing burden of guilt with huge ramifications.
Publisher: [Collingwood, Vic.] : Distributed by Madman Entertainment, c2007
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jazeebelle
Jan 07, 2015

Not a fan of this one. Boring and slow moving, seemed truely pointless. Gave up after 15 mins.

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Nursebob
Dec 20, 2014

Gus Van Sant’s latest opus is a dreamy surreal story about a timid skater dude who gets caught up in a murder investigation. As if that is not trouble enough he’s also thinking of breaking up with his girlfriend and his parents are in the middle of a messy divorce. Yeah. Right. To watch a Gus Van Sant movie is to have your brain fucked with by a master.....things are never quite what they appear to be and reality is constantly coming in and out of focus. This film unfolds like a slow languorous daydream full of long takes and trippy music......and an underlying smirk. Keep your eyes and ears open or the joke will be on you.

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3romm3la
Jun 06, 2014

I thought this movie would be more suspenseful but it's pretty flat throughout. I fast-forwarded through a few of the scenes of kids skateboarding which served no purpose. They didn't add to the storyline or to the mood.
Be warned that there is one graphic scene of gore.

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SusannahElf
Dec 29, 2013

I have to agree with Nick on this one. Van Sant is not one of my favourite directors because he does waste so much screen time on shots of people walking. "Jerry" consisted of almost nothing else! And the gross scene in this movie was absolutely the most horrifying thing I've seen on or off screen.

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jds1
Oct 10, 2012

Good movie. Not what I would call suspenseful, but intriguing, as we watch Alex struggle with the ramifications of his actions.A little dark, but a food for thought movie.

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NickCR
Apr 07, 2010

Well, Gus Van Sant didn't do it for me with this one - even though it has won some festival awards and an Independent Spirit award. The story was tellable in about 1/3 the time the movie took (it is 1 hour 20 mins). A lot of the film is spent in what I would call "transition scenes" - people walking somewhere, kids goofing on skateboards, etc. - before getting to a couple of minutes of story and then back to transition stuff. I suppose it is "arty" or something, but as someone who appreciates innovative film making (see "PVC-1" or "The Tracey Fragments" to name a few I've seen recently) this movie didn't impress. Van Sant's "Elephant" might be similar in style (which means he's done it once so leave it alone) but is a much more compelling movie. If you want - pair it with this one for a double feature. Finally - this movie contains what was to me the most disturbing "gross-out" image I've ever seen in film.

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