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Last Days (2005)

Cast: Michael Pitt, Michael Pitt, Lukas Haas, more...
Director: Gus Van Sant, Gus Van Sant
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Studio: HBO Home Video
Genre: Drama, Experimental/Avant-Garde
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Filmmaker Gus Van Sant wrote and directed this meditation on stardom and its costs, inspired in part by the life and death of rock musician Kurt Cobain. Blake (Michael Pitt) is the leader of an influential alternative rock band who has unexpectedly won a large degree of fame and fortune. Depressed and unsure of what to do with himself or his success, Blake wanders about the run-down mansion he calls home and the visits the woods nearby. While a handful of friends live with Blake, he prefers to avoid them, as they often seem more interested in money or help with their music than in his friendship; meanwhile, Blake is also confronted by a handful of fans, his agent, and a gentleman who sells advertising space in a telephone directory and has no idea who Blake is. As Blake goes through the motions of his day, he tries to decide what he should do next, and what might finally free him from his ennui. Shot and edited in the same languid, low-key manner as his films Elephant and Gerry, Last Days also stars Lukas Haas, Asia Argento, Scott Green, Ricky Jay, and Harmony Korine. Kim Gordon of the band Sonic Youth also appears in the film, while her husband and bandmate Thurston Moore was a consultant for the musical score; both were friends of Kurt Cobain and toured in tandem with Nirvana on several occasions. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Read GreenCine's exclusive interview with Gus Van Sant.

How are we to take Last Days? As Gus Van Sant's version of what Kurt Cobain was actually up to right until that last moment? Or Michael Pitt's? Or something else entirely? And how long can Van Sant afford to carry on in the unconventional vein of Gerry and Elephant? Sean Axmaker asks him. Full article >>

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Can I have the 20 minutes I wasted of my life back? by mmcgarvey June 9, 2007 - 9:57 AM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This is my first review. I feel so strongly about this I had to let others know. Do not, I repeat, do not rent this movie.

I hope I don't confuse anyone with my fancy movie critic rhetoric but Last Days is an utter POS. I waited for 20 minutes for something to happen. It didn't.

The acting and events as they unfolded simply did not ring true and were completely uninteresting.

I thought Gus Van Zant was suppose to be a decent filmmaker. He should hang it up. The movie is total crap. Not a single redeeming quality about it.

The End Is Near by talltale October 26, 2005 - 7:42 PM PDT
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
LAST DAYS--oops, sorry--GUS VAN SANT'S LAST DAYS (if only!) is a prime example of minimalist moviemaking at its most dismal. I loved "Elephant," so you can't stick me in the Van Sant-haters group. I have enjoyed other of his films, too. But his "Psycho" remake, "Gerry," and now this fiasco are downright impossible. And, no, it's not that the film moves slowly (it sure does), but rather what the director decides to show us: the back of the lead character's head and shoulders, for Christ's sake, over and over again. This may seem original to the jaded, but it is NOT expressive. Nor is the mumbling of the no-help dialog. Nor the "supporting" characters, who give none.

It probably did not help matters than I watched another HBO film--"Lackawana Blues"--a mere 12 hours before viewing "Last Days." The former, all about helping and compassion, has a cast of characters as rich, vital and worthwhile, as those in "Last Days" are self-involved, tiresome and well nigh worthless. The fact that the film is based on Kurt Cobain is meaningful only if you were a Cobain groupie. And that final moment of other-worldly "spirituality"? Risible.

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