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Gus Van Sant's Last Days (DVD)
An official selection in the 2005 Cannes Film festival, GUS VAN SANT'S LAST DAYS is inspired by the final hours of Kurt Cobain. The film introduces us to Blake (Michael Pitt, The Dreamers), a brilliant, but troubled musician. Success has left him in a lonely place, where livelihoods rest on his shoulders and old friends regularly tap him for money and favors. The film follows Blake through a handful of hours spent in and near his wooded home... a fugitive from his own life.]]>
Gus Van Sant's Last Days is a film about the death of Kurt Cobain. While the name of the main character has been changed from Kurt to Blake and the setting of the suicide changed from a greenhouse in Seattle to a greenhouse in upstate New York, there's no mistaking this film is the product of Van Sant's imagination pursuing the final, lonely moments of the great '90s icon. Rock biopic fans seeking a traditionally gratifying plot should run as fast as they can from this movie and see Rock Star or Sid and Nancy instead; Gus Van Sant's methodology is all about the slow, oppressive creep of time. One shot lingers excruciatingly long on some random foliage outside Blake's (Michael Pitt, The Dreamers) mansion. In another, he makes cereal. Then he sits on a bench for awhile. Or mumbles dialogue to a Yellow Pages ad salesman played by a real-life Yellow Pages ad salesman. Or gradually collapses while watching a Boyz 2 Men video. Meanwhile, Blake's parasitical hangers-on are slightly more animated, occupying his chilly house and clearly on their way to becoming as existentially destitute as he. Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon appears, pretty much reprising an interventionist role she must have played with the real-life Cobain, but this rock star is far beyond rescuing from the brink. Later, when Blake ventures into town to see a punk show, he is cornered by an acquaintance played by Harmony Korine, who tells him a hilarious story about playing Dungeons and Dragons with Jerry Garcia. Where the accumulation of small moments like these don't add up to much drama, they create a pervading sense of dread and sad inevitability. In his life, Cobain railed against all that was phony and hyped; by crafting a visual poem resolutely defiant of rock star spectacle, Van Sant honors the late singer as sincerely as he can, by keeping it real. --Ryan Boudinot
I've seen the two other films in Van Sant's "Death Trilogy": Elephant and Gerry. The reason this one is worse than the others is that nothing happens in it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kimberley Bond
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THE PEOPLE HAVE NO POWER
Great directing, editing, and cinematography. Totally worth the money and price.Published 6 months ago by mark
I do not like how artificial all exchanges, gestures and statements appear in Gus Van Sant films - all actions feel overtly premeditated, as if rehearsed 100 times. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Matthew Bentley
Very disappointed it was more like a silent movie do not recommend itPublished 11 months ago by courtney
If you are a Nirvana fan or Curt Cobain fan, this is a great movie. Watch it a few times and it gets better and better. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael Oesterling
THIS WAS A FILMOGRAPHY THAT WAS SLOW AND MIND DRENCHINGLY CONTORTED.
IT MADE NO USE OF LINGUISTIC SUBVERSITY AND PANDERED TO MAIN TEXTILE FORGERERERER
AND THEN COURTLY... Read more