Based on more than 25 hours of never-before heard audio taped interviews conducted by noted journalist Michael Azerrad, the movie KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON is an intimate and moving portrait of the late musician and artist Kurt Cobain, told entirely in his own voice – without celebrity soundbites, news clips, sensational or tabloid angles. In the film, Cobain recounts his own life – from his childhood and adolescence to his days of musical discovery and later dealings with explosive fame – and offers often piercing insights into his life, music, and times. It’s who he was from the man himself, with cinematic imagery shot on film on the three cities in Washington State that played a major role in his life (Aberdeen, Olympia an Seattle) and set to an evocative score by noted Northwest musician and producer Steve Fisk and Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard, as well as the music of more than 20 artists who influenced or touched Cobain during his life.
Waste land is a 2010 documentary directed by Lucy Walker, João Jardim and Karen Harley. The film illustrates the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirt. Two years of work of Brazilian contemporary modern artist Vik Muniz in creating art with the cooperation of scavengers of recyclables working at Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The film won the audience award for best international documentary at Sundance Film Festival and awards from Amnesty International and the public in the Panorama at the Berlin International Film Festival.
“If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side-effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The “black mirror” of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone”
Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror is probably one of the best TV works of science fiction. All three episodes, set in near and distant futures, are about how we integrate new technologies into the most intimate parts of our lives, often with hideous results. What makes this series so powerful is its incredible psychological realism. If you’re looking for intelligent, disturbing science fiction you have to watch this series. It will smack you in the face and leave you smarting for weeks afterward as you ponder what kind of world we’re creating for ourselves.