One of the most distinctive filmmakers of the last two decades, Gus Van Sant’s movies challenge representations of gender, class and race. He’s also part of a small group of directors to have a number of his movies featured in “1001 Movies to See Before You Die.” From “Drugstore Cowboy” to Good Will Hunting ,” his entries testify to the rich diversity of his talent.
TO DIE FOR
1995 was a weird year. From “To Die For” to “Kids,” major directors and filmmakers made movies about bad sex in all its lurid variations. Here are 10 of those stories.
My all-time favorite Buck Henry film, Gus Van Sant’s TO DIE FOR, is now out on blu-ray. Perhaps Nicole Kidman’s greatest comic/ironic performance, she strikes the perfect balance as Suzanne Stone, the overly ambitious, small town weather woman who dreams of stardom and comes to realize her pizza-slinging husband is a massive hindrance. So she does what any aspiring career woman would do: she enlists some disaffected teenagers to kill him. And it’s actually both dramatic and funny. The entire film, in fact, is an exercise in tone perfection, and that’s really, really hard to do.
The film is a balancing act between the ridiculous with the believable. Characters are…