Tag Archive | Gus Van Sant

A look at rural America: ‘Promised Land’

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(2012 – Director: Gus Van Sant   Cast: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski)

On its surface, Promised Land looks like a left-wing anti-fracking movie sure to repel people not interested in watching something political. But down underneath is a story that glorifies what it means to live in a small community and understands the importance of rural America. Read More…






(2011 – Director: Gus Van Sant   Cast: Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska)

Restless is a movie that’s obsessed with death, but it ends up full of life and joy.  It’s a touching story that is wonderfully directed and written. Read More…

Modern Auteur Directors

The Auteur Theory has always stated that as long as a director of a film has the most creative vision during the process, they are the auteur (French for author.)  When the term was coined, directors such as Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock were included in this elite group mostly because their vision of their movie was never hindered by the writing, or studio execs.  They did what they wanted, when they wanted. Read More…


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