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Nirvana: Teen Spirit Interviews (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on December 12, 2011

91. Nirvana: Teen Spirit Interviews (available to stream on Netflix)

I cannot find a trailer for this “movie.” I’m not sure it was ever meant to be something beyond a random DVD release.  Not surprisingly, I don’t have much to say about it.  I very much enjoyed Nirvana when they were active and releasing albums, and was devastated at Kurt‘s untimely end.  I was expecting more from this collection of interview footage, but about half of it is MTV interviews that I had seen before.

I have watched a number of documentaries about Kurt’s death, his relationship with Courtney Love, and how she might have been tied to his death, and obviously was still interested in more content related to the band. Unfortunately, this felt like a re-run for the most part.  I think only the most die-hard Nirvana fan, looking for a few more seconds of footage they haven’t seen, would really appreciate this.

That being said, Nirvana: Teen Spirit Interviews is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.95.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 15, 2011

64. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (available to stream via Netflix and Amazon Instant Video)

Here is the trailer for Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a 2010 documentary by Tamra Davis.  Davis befriended Basquiat in the 80s and interviewed him a few years before he died.  She held onto the footage for years before deciding to use it as the basis for a documentary about the life and career of Basquiat.

In addition to the footage of Basquiat himself, there are interviews with his former girlfriend and many other artists that he knew during his rise and eventual time spent at the top of the art world.  He struggled for a long time with being accepted into the traditional art world, and eventually became a massive success.

Basquiat had become more and more reliant on drugs as his career progressed, and was eventually ended by his addiction, passing away from an overdose at the age of 27.

I really enjoyed this movie. I am a fan of Basquiat’s work and his story is fascinating.  To see him through the eyes of his contemporaries and people in his personal life illustrate that story beautifully.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is available on DVD from Amazon for $12.49.

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