THE CREEPING GARDEN
(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
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