Last Days

Last Days

DVD - 2005
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"Official selection in the 2005 Cannes Film festival, Gus Van Sant's Last Days is inspired by the last days 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."--Contaioner.
Publisher: Montréal, Québec : distributed exclusively in Canada by Alliance Atlantis/Motion Picture Distribution, c2005
Branch Call Number: DVD LAS 2005
Characteristics: 1 (or 2) videodisc(s) (97 min.) : Dolby digital Surround sd., col. ; 12 cm

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SirMatelot
Mar 28, 2018

I appreciated this movie much more the second time I watched it. Nearly everything slowly builds toward Blake's inevitable death; the spirit emerging from his body and climbing upwards powerfully portrays his transition from earth-bound life, whether to another world or to legend is left up to the viewer to decide.

This is an art film. I admire the directorial intention. From a purely filmic point of view, the rock'n'roll idol is burned to ash in an almost scientific fashion. And while it is gorgeous to behold, it is nonetheless painful to watch. Rock is dead. After viewing this film you won't want to howl the follow-up line -- "Long live Rock!"

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ANTHONYZEDAN
Jun 13, 2017

If you are a fan of Gus Van Sant films, you will enjoy this moody, brooding film about severe depression in the face of fame. The film has wonderful texture, mood and setting. Not a lot of dialogue in the film, a lot of long solitary scenes of the main singer very high on drugs, trying to stay creative for the band. I can see how this film might be boring to some viewers, but if you have the stamina to stay with the film, you might find it ultimately rewarding, in a manner of speaking. All of Gus Van Sant's films have a gay aesthetic and appreciate and attention to the male form.

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patch666
Jun 08, 2017

Great !!!!!!

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poolman
Mar 21, 2012

Mumble, mumble... Introspective talking-to-oneself is normal at times but to build a movie's main character on almost inaudible speech (I had to use the subtitles) is arcane and self-serving. I'm sure the last days of Kurt Cobain would make for a fine dramatic presentation but this ain't it.

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cxg194
Jul 05, 2010

This is a terribly slow and painful movie to watch -- I would have preferred to watch paint dry.

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