Friday, January 13, 2006

Badass DVD Reviews

Today, I wish to review 2 DVDs about the untimely demise of 2 troubled individuals.

Last Days
My girlfriend absolutely hated this; I suppose I can understand why, but I loved it. Just a warning, it is an extremely boring movie. Boring, but it's like watching a car wreck in slow motion. I can't help but stare at it for it's 95 minute duration.

It's about a Kurt Cobain-like rockstar named Blake and his final 48 hours. This guy pretty much has no idea what the fuck he's doing throughout the whole movie and he's practically dead already. He throws himself around his delapitated estate while his friends and bandmates come and go seemingly unaware or uncaring that he's fucked up to no end and on his way out.

My favorite part is when a Yellowpages ad salesman comes to the door selling him another ad for his engine parts business. In all likelyhood, Blake has no such business and this guy either has the wrong house or the visit was meant for the previous tennants. Nonetheless, Blake plays along in a daze and tells agrees that the ad has been effective for him in the past.

To be honest, I didn't buy the DVD, I downloaded the movie. I might recommend doing the same if this doesn't sound like your cup of tea. But again, if you're intrigued by psychological character study movies, check it out.

Grizzly Man

Probably the screwiest documentary I've ever seen. On the surface I know this looks like a nature documentary, but it isn't. It's about a very much insane man and his obsession with Grizzly Bears that eventually gets him eaten by one.

Timothy Treadwell (The person in question) can best be described as a cross between Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) and Hansel from Zoolander (Owen Wilson's character). It's hard to really accuratly describe this man's behavior. He sees himself has the protector of these bears in the Alaskan wilderness and sees everyone else in the world as their mortal enemies.

This film was constructed from over 100 hours of footage from Treadwell himself, and footage from director Werner Herzog. In short, it is a frightening, and sometimes humourous portrait of a very strange and troubled man's path towards his enevitable doom.

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