Alexander Payne's True Midwest
While Hollywood scraps over the next superhero franchise, director Alexander Payne keeps collecting awards with darkly hilarious stories about real people in real places. It's not always pretty.
As the Arctic ice shelf melts due to climate change, polar bear migratory patterns have changed, too, leading the bears right through the center of Arviat, a tiny Inuit town where it's illegal to kill the endangered predators. Unable to defend themselves, some residents are now too afraid to leave their homes.
If anyone has earned a graceful, cinematic stroll into the sunset, it's a golden boy who fled stardom for the mountains of Utah, won an Oscar for directing, and devoted his life to an institution that put telling stories over the movie business. But at 77, in a one-man movie with no dialogue, he's reminding us where he really shines – as an actor.
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