THE CREEP­ING GAR­DEN

NOW Magazine - Hot Docs - - Reviews - CARLA GIL­LIS

(Tim Grab­ham, Jasper Sharp, UK). 82 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Have you’ve ever taken a mo­ment to think about plas­modial slime moulds and won­dered what pur­pose they serve in na­ture? How they go about per­form­ing their func­tions, what it is they want? I cer­tainly hadn’t, but af­ter see­ing Tim Grab­ham and Jasper Sharp’s The Creep­ing Gar­den, I’ve been think­ing about them a lot.

Mesh­ing fas­ci­nat­ing high-speed footage of slime moulds with in­trigu­ing in­ter­views with bi­ol­o­gists and au­thors, all pro­pelled along by Jim O’Rourke’s am­bi­ent, im­mer­sive mu­si­cal score, The Creep­ing Gar­den is a se­ri­ous sci­en­tific in­quiry that also func­tions as a trippy philo­soph­i­cal ex­plo­ration of our place in the world and the re­ally weird things just be­neath us. Apr 24, 9: 45 pm, Sco­tia­bank 7; Apr 25, 2: 30 pm, Sco­tia­bank 3; May 2, 8: 45 pm, TIFF 4

(Brett Morgen, U. S.). 132 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Kurt Cobain, it turns out, was a list­maker. To- do lists, po­ten­tial band names and myr­iad or­ga­ni­za­tional scrib­bles filled his note­books, to which direc­tor Brett Mor­gan had ac­cess for the mak­ing of this fam­ily-ap­proved doc­u­men­tary about the trou­bled grunge star.

The ex­clu­sive ac­cess also re­sults in stunning amounts of archival footage: of his hal­cyon child­hood in Aberdeen, Wash­ing­ton, early Nir­vana re­hearsals and his and Court­ney Love’s druggy do­mes­tic an­tics at the height of Nir­vana’s su­per­star­dom – which grow hor­ri­fy­ing once Frances Bean Cobain, who co- ex­ec­u­tive-pro­duced the film, is born.

An­i­ma­tion fills in the blanks, as do in­ter­views with a solemn Krist Novoselic, a loud, chain-smok­ing Love and Cobain’s fawn­ing mother. (High fives for ex­clud­ing the ubiq­ui­tous Dave Grohl as a talk­ing head.)

It all adds up to a multi- di­men­sional look at Cobain – the ge­nius, the loser, the mag­netic rock star (even to his band­mates) – that will reawaken your in­ner teenage punk.

Apr 24, 9: 45 pm, TIFF 1; Apr 25, 1:15 pm, Bloor Hot Docs

Kurt Cobain: Mon­tage Of Heck

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