Park-ing NOT Recommended for “PARANOID PARK” =

By jimchudnow
Written March 13, 2008
I’ve liked a lot of work done by director Gus Van Sant. This 80+-minute endeavor, however, is NOT one of them. What some people may call “art-sy” in this film, I call SLOW-moving. It’s the sometimes interesting story of a teenage skate-boarder named Alex (GABE NEVINS) who spends a lot of time with his ’boarder friend Jared (JAKE MILLER), in part to escape the upset of his divorcing parents. One day, while fooling around on a freight train near the irregular skate park, Alex causes a horrendous catastrophe. The overall story is told with loads of what I call “cascading” back-&-forth flashbacks, maddeningly wrapped inside what to me were a lot of often fuzzy-focused “dead” scenes that go “nowhere”. While Gabe at times has the appropriately general spaciness of a teenager, I found too much of it akin to “sleep-walking” impassively through the story. This a not a “horrible” film, but it (and especially the “disintegrating” non-end of it) isn’t very good. At best, I'd give it 2.5 stars
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Paranoid Park

By gfunfsinn
Written March 20, 2008
Main Entry: awful Part of Speech: adjective Definition: terrible Synonyms: abominable, alarming, appalling, atrocious, bad, deplorable, depressing, dire, disgusting, distressing, dreadful, fearful, frightful, ghastly, grody*, gross*, gruesome, grungy*, harrowing, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrific, horrifying, nasty, offensive, raunchy, repulsive, shocking, stinking, synthetic, tough, ugly, unpleasant, unsightly Antonyms: beautiful, good, nice, pleasing
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