Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, ... See full summary »
A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.
Kristin Scott Thomas,
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning he returns to his house, an elegant, if neglected, stone mansion. Many people are looking for Blake--his friends, his managers and record label, even a private detective--but he does not want to be found. In the haze of his final hours, Blake will spend most his time by himself. He avoids the people who are living in his house, who approach him only when they want something, be it money or help with a song. He hides from one concerned friend and turns away another. He visits politely with a stranger from the Yellow Pages sales department, and he ducks into an underground rock club. He wanders through the woods and he plays a new song, one last rock and roll blowout. Finally, alone in the ... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
While the character of Blake is a thinly-veiled analogue of Kurt Cobain, both director Gus Van Sant and actress Asia Argento deny that her character is based on Courtney Love, Cobain's widow. Van Sant and Love are friends in real life, and he expressly avoided any reference to Love in the film, as he considers Cobain's suicide too painful a matter to confront for Love and the rest of Cobain's family to base a film around. Argento also cites the frequent demonization of Love by Cobain's fans as a reason to leave her character out of the film, as the widow has already suffered too much criticism surrounding the death of her husband. See more »
One of the LDS missionaries that visits the house is wearing a light blue shirt. LDS missionaries are only permitted to wear non-decorative white shirts with dark pants/suits, and a conservative tie. The missionaries also carried no pamphlets, visual aids, appointment books, or their own complete sets of scriptures, which is highly unlikely for door-to-door proselytizing. See more »
I lost something on the way to wherever I am today.
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It's always difficult to recommend a movie like this. I don't think my friends would let me pick a movie again if I took them to this. Is it a good movie? Yes it is. Am I telling everyone I know about it? No, I'm telling everyone about the 40-Year-Old Virgin.
This film is similar in tone and mood to Van Sants previous film "Elephant" about a Columbine like massacre. This one is about the final days of Kurt Cobaine. I saw a review that used the word "careen", as in crooning toward your final destiny. Careening is a good word for a drug abuse movie like "Requiem for a Dream" but in this film, the tone is much more relaxed and observant. Nobody is careening in this film. In both films there is not much plot or characterization. It is shot in a documentary style where we simply observe what this character is doing. Both "Elephant" and "Final Days" remind me of those films in elementary school where you watch a film about people going about their normal daily routines. You watch with wide eyed curiosity about why the people are doing this. This doesn't mean the film is boring, it just means you have to be in a different mood. It did spark my curiosity.
I think "Elephant" is a superior movie to this one but I admire Van Sant for making these two unique films. Elephant simply has a more serine quality to it but if you loved "Elephant" then you will like "Last Days".
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