P rochnow's silent expression says more than any dialogue possib ly could. I certainly take Petersen's word that he's straight. The next issue they retracted it and printed an apology. It begins with a fairly obligatory drunken-revelry scene chronicling the crew's last night ashore in La Rochelle, then quickly proceeds onto the submarine, where the quarters are cramped and claustrophobia sets in. My film-maker gaydar was at full throttle.
And his choice of leading men over the years, from Matt Dillon to Keanu Reeves to River Phoenix, makes clear that Van Sant has an unquestionable eye for male beauty.
The Petersen blockbuster Air Force One did very well at the box office, with generally positive critical reviews from movie critics. With Gus van Sant, it often feels obvious: And of course the film was done in a very realistic way. The film also is a classic, surprisingly overlooked study in all the ways a big-budget Hollywood picture can erupt behind the scenes—and the experience of making an aughties movie with stars at the height of their box-office power.
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