RESTLESS (Gus Van Sant, 2011)

Indoors or out-, Portland, Oregon, has never looked so achingly, mysteriously and ethereally beautiful as it does in Portland’s pride Gus Van Sant’s deeply moving Restless, a fairy-taleish, brimmingly poetic boy-girl romance in and out of woods and graveyards at night, and infiltrated by restless ghosts and near-ghosts, and dreamily floating along the border between […]

DRUGSTORE COWBOY (Gus Van Sant, 1989)

The following is an entry in my 100 Greatest English-Language Films list. Filmed in Portland, Oregon, Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, from James Fogle’s novel, is without agenda—an unsentimental account of a young man’s dogged attempt to lift himself out of a makeshift lifestyle composed of drugs and theft. The film ends ambiguously, with Bob […]