Paranoid Park at Cinema Borealis
Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park centers on teen Alex (Gabe Nevins), a Portland skateboarder who harbors a guilty secret: He's inadvertently responsible for the death of a security guard. (The man was trying to catch him in the middle of an act of train-hopping mischief.) When I first saw the film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007, it seemed like a refinement of both the themes and style Van Sant had experimented with in Gerry, Elephant and Last Days. Today it stands alone, and—as a movie in which much of the drama is conveyed through gestures and small expressions—it benefits from repeat viewings. One of Van Sant's shortest features, it finds the director totally in command of his effect in every shot. Don't miss it in a 35mm print; it screens at Cinema Borealis (1550 N Milwaukee) at 6 and 8pm this Sunday.