by Ryland Walker Knight
Reverse Shot's newest issue, focusing on Gus Van Sant, was published this afternoon. I contributed an essay on his fourth feature, that ugly duckling of a film, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. You can read it here. It took a while to write because I had a hard time figuring out how to make something interesting out of an object I had no taste for. I'd have liked to write something on Last Days, which gets two essays (1, 2) in this issue, because I think it may be the best thing he's done (although the scene with Kim Gordon explains a little too much). But I caught the end of the assignments and picked up this odd specimen. It's better said, I hope, in the essay itself. But, please, do enjoy the other essays. I hope to read them all sooner than later.
[One of the best sequences of Last Days in my humble opinion.]