Rent Boys – The Postmodernism of Gus Van Sant

My Own Private Idaho (Van Sant,1991) postures itself as the archetypal road movie, yet closer inspection proves that the film aspires to greatness by borrowing from the masters of art and literature. An obese derelict strolls the sidewalks of downtown Portland accompanied by his rent boy. “The things we’ve seen,” the young companion muses. Borrowed…