Kurt & Courtney (1998)
This conspiracy theory documentary about Kurt Cobain's death is taste free. Double denium is worn and I suspect Danny Rand in 'Defenders' was styled to look like Cobain. Courtney Love is balmed for leading Cobain to destruction. The director insinuates that Love caused Cobain's death.
Cobain's difficult upbringing is explored. He had to live with a schoolteacher and under a bridge after being kicked out of his house. Cobain is spoken of with reverence and sentimental devotion and Love's music career is dismissed. Cobain's parents seem awful. But there is widespread distain for Love from everyone. The continuing ire for Love is distasteful. Aggression toward Love is the norm in this documentary.
No wonder this has attained notoriety. The director is noxious yet steeped in reverence for Cobain and pelts him with praise. Cobain's weird art is shown. What caused the director's relentless vendetta against and hostile reaction toward Love? The director asks leading questions and is no Louis Theroux. He bothers people and whines about music rights. Cobain's mysterious stomach pains are mentioned. The director listens to Love's vile grifter father and his crazy allegations about Cobain's death.
Edward Norton and Ireland are mentioned. A bitter ex talks. There are 90s eyebrows and why is the director always wearing those headphones? Cobain's obvious drug issues and mental health issues are ignored. Love is painted as a gold-digger and a murderer, allegedly. A dodgy PI and a drugged up best friend and paparazzi and a pervert talk.
The director rants about English libel laws. Some flake talks. They are all liars and there are persistent rumours and damning criticism and non benign cranks. This was entirely inaccurate. Love faces critical ire and is accused of wanting to reflect in Cobain's glory.
There is no clarity to this. There is legal resistance to the director's, Nick Broomfield, claims. There is no calm sense. Idiocy prevails. Broomfield feels Cobain's death is attributable to Love. There is no moral or ethical case for this film's existence. Love's dad relates with zero regret her terrible upbringing. Nobody is endearingly honest. Broomfield does deliberate inclusion of cranks.
There is no complex truth. Cobain was apparently a big source of status for Love. Her own talent is dismissed. Cobain dismantled his own life and career. The worst excesses of drugs are obvious. This is a war on truth. One is wary of Broomfield's motives. One finds only hostility to Love in this. Broomfield hints at a cabal protecting Love. None of this makes sense.
Love is accused of trying of trying to bludgeon someone with Quentin Tarantino's Oscar. Even as a teenager Cobain was well beyond the reach of help. There are ulterior motives all round. Nothing is substantiated. This was deeply intrustive. Shane McGowan's wife is interviewed and Love is treated as Yoko Oh-No. Larry Flynt pops up at one point to add to the madness.
“The traffic literally stopped.”
“I wanna keep my music pure.”
“Repainted it and removed all the syringes.”
“Came up and threw a drink in my face.”
“The strength of feeling directed against her.”
“Deranged thinking process.”
“Punched out other rock stars.”
“Got in a punch out on the street.”
“Violent outburst pattern.”
“A reparenting centre.”
“I've been on my way here all my life.”
“Edgy rock queen.”
“David Bowie with all your mock rock star poses!”
“You stole my career.”
“I'm getting worked up here!”
“Divine Brown's pimp.”
“Not the most reliable witness.”
“That's not truth.”
“Weird heroin buddies.”
“A lot worse has happened to other journalists.”
“Punched out a couple of my friends.”
“Kurt sounding psychotic and crazed.”
“I grew up with hippies.”
“Nobody is exempt from pain.”
The Scarlet And The Black (1983)
Gregory Peck does a terrible Irish accent as a Vatican offical helping allied POW escapees as Christopher Plummer sneaks. This was corrosively bad.
Blue Ruin (2013)
An ardous and unimaginably horrible tale of revenge quest gone wrong.
Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (2003)
James Wood stars in this bio-pic which is an absolute disaster.
Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer (2017)
This true crime story was written by Amber Benson (the Amber Benson?) and it tells the story of international icon Oscar Pistorius and his sheer determination to compete. Until his ugly murderous rage caused him to fall from grace and become one of the most reviled men in the world. He dated and abused Reeva Steenkap and finally killed her.
There is bad acting. Oscar acted like he owned Reeva. There are loud South African accents. Some people fawned over Oscar. The full extent of Reeva's injuries aren't shown. But Oscar's verbal and emotional abuse of Reeva is shown. There is green screen and guns and Oscar was toxic masculinity defined. Oscar engaged in coercive control.
Oscar was blonde but the actor playing him isn't. This is told in non-linear fashionThis does not leave you fully engaged and it has no emotional clout. They show Oscar murdering Reeva in a fit of rage. One abhors Oscar on principle. This was terribly sad.
“You make all the rules.”
“Damn! That's a zombie stopper!”
“They're at it again!”
“Acting like an insane person.”
“Someone steals it and sells it.”
“What do you mean died?”
“That you are worthy of me and this relationship.”
“You arrested me for assault.”
“I'm scared of you sometimes.”
“They're fighting again.”
“I heard them throwing things.”
“Did he beat her?”
“They bear you no animosity.”
“Why would an intruder lock himself into a toilet?”