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Last Days

Gus Van Sant ("Elephant") continues to approach his signature lazy form of minimalist cinema that involves leaving a camera running in front of long wobbly plot sequences. “Last Days” is intended as a profound meditation on the life and death of a Curt Cobain-type of reclusive musician (Michael Pitt) but comes off as a boring and self-indulgent test of audience patience. Van Sant goes to great pains to include his redundant trademark homosexual-kissing scene as we wait for Pitt’s dead-end character to put himself out of his, and our, misery. "Last Days" will make you wish this were Van Sant's last movie; it will likely be yours. Special features include French language, English and Spanish subtitles, two making-of featurettes, a music video performed by Michael Pitt’s band Pagoda and a deleted scene. Aspect ratio is presented with a choice of full-frame or widescreen versions, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1. (Movie – No Stars, DVD features – One Star) Rated R, 97 mins. (HBO)

November 3, 2005 in Drama | Permalink