Gus Van Sant

The guy who seems to have done good by filming Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's stuff.

Like It Good Will Hunting (1997) -- A pretty decent, smart movie by the Matt and Ben team.

Don't Like It Psycho (1998) -- A pointless remake.

Indifferent Finding Forrester (2000) -- A gooshy little movie where the best thing about is hearing Sean Connery saying "You're the man now, dog!"  Another one of those movies which falsely show English professors.  Not horrible, but not great.

Indifferent Paris, Je T'aime (2006) -- Directed with Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Jr., Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer.  Eighteen five-minute shorts set in (and named after) different areas of Paris, all created by different directors.  Most of directors apparently don't know how to deal with the short form and use the same pacing as a feature-length movie, not telling any real story in the process or setting us up for a story that we'll never get to see.  The ones that stand out to me are the films by the Coen Brothers (which actually use some kinetic camerawork to wake us up), Christopher Doyle (another wake up), Alexander Payne (which is a mix of offensive and almost-touching), and Sylvain Chomet (with a mime).  The rest are either average or make you say "Well, at least it was short."  (See individual directors for a review of their short.)

Don't Like It Marais (2006) -- From Paris, Je T'aime, an unrealistic story with a "trick" ending (and aren't all of those unrealistic?) about a guy who falls love-at-first-sight with another guy and expresses this to him, but doesn't realize that the other guy can't speak French (and why should he, since the other guy just stares at him as if understanding).

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