The Village Voice has "Kurtain Kall," a special section dedicated to Gus Van Sant‘s "Last Days." Rob Nelson writes about how much the film is about Kurt Cobain (lots, despite Van Sant’s "inspired by"s) and how it will likely go over with Nirvana fans. Joshua Clover looks over Van Sant’s reoccuring obsession with young, beautiful dead boys. Laura Sinagra interviews star Michael Pitt, while Joshua Land focuses on the film’s layered and unusual sound design by Leslie Shatz: "Most strikingly (and all too rare in rock movies), ‘Last Days’ is a film that demands to be heard." Robert Christgau has the review, and finds that the film fails to capture that all-so-elusive presence that surrounds any great rock star. Jessica Winter tackles the "short and spotty history of the rock biopic," and holds up Todd Haynes "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" (which substitutes a Barbie doll for its subject) and "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (as David Bowie meta-biopic) as among those that get it right. Finally, there’s a reprint of Ann Powers’ original report from Seattle in April of 1994, shortly after Cobain’s death.
+ His Own Private Biopic (Village Voice)
+ DÃ©jÃ Vu (Village Voice)
+ Celebrity Skinned (Village Voice)
+ Sound Garden (Village Voice)
+ All This Useless Beauty (Village Voice)
+ The Covers Album (Village Voice)
+ Never More (Village Voice)