Naked Lunch Radio #76 – My Own Private Idol


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A director who is capable of crafting both deeply unconventional independent films and mainstream crowd-pleasers, Gus Van Sant has managed to carve an enviable niche for himself in Hollywood. Since debuting in 1985 with Mala Noche, Van Sant has become one of the premiere bards of dysfunction, populating his films with a parade of hustlers, junkies, psychopathic weather girls and troubled geniuses. After two failed attempts, Van Sant has finally brought to fruition his biopic on Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to hold public office as city supervisor in San Francisco until his assassination in 1978. We’ll take this opportunity to not only review his latest opus but to rewind you back to his first film, Male Noche, and his most popular, My Own Private Idaho.

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