SXSW 2011 Review: HIT SO HARD

Rating: 2.5/5

Writers: P. David EbersoleTodd Hughes
Director: P. David Ebersole

For fans of the band Hole, HIT SO HARD is nothing short of required watching. Tracing the ups and downs of drummer Patty Schemel, P. David Ebersole’s documentary cobbles together informative interviews over a number of years with incredibly intimate home movie footage to craft a portrait of a woman, and a band, constantly on the edge of collapse.

Schemel, an out and proud lesbian, faced a number of personal and professional demons during her tenure with Hole – from issues with her sexuality, to lifelong problems with alcohol and drugs, to the rigors of being a part of touring band, even the heartbreak intrinsic in knowing (and loving) Kurt Cobain and Kristen Pfaff. But though Schemel’s life story is compelling, the focus of HIT SO HARD gets lost along the way in the tangle of other (stronger) stories. Continue reading

Robert Pattinson as Kurt Cobain not so likely after all

Thank. God. Earlier today, the British rumor mill The Sun laid claim to a frightening bit of casting news - Robert Pattinson might very well wind up playing grunge God Kurt Cobain in a biopic from Universal Pictures called ALL APOLOGIES. Scarier still, was the possibility of Scarlett Johansson (as if) playing Courtney Love, with David Fincher in talks to direct.

The fact that Fincher started in the music vid biz and that TWILIGHT'S Pattinson has already released a number of songs himself, had everyone a little concerned that their might actually be some truth to this. Luckily, that's not the case. Continue reading

Frances Bean Cobain was almost Tim Burton’s ALICE

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This bit of news came as a bit of a shock to me. I'm somewhat indifferent to the casting of Mia Wasikowska as the lead in Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND. She looks the part and I'm sure she'll do a fine job, but if the trailer is any indication, the movie will truly belong to Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter. Had Frances Bean Cobain been cast, I'd be a lot more interested in the role of Alice. But who is Frances?

I think everyone has that one transition-band. The band that is most present as you are changing from a kid into an adult, and for me that band was Nirvana. I had every CD I could get my hands on, every b-side my friends would record on tape for me and I read any article and biography I could find on them. Frances Bean Cobain is the daughter of Kurt Cobain (lead singer of Nirvana) and Courtney Love (lead singer of Hole). In other words, the girl is Grunge royalty. As if that wasn't enough of a claim-to-fame, she can also say that she attracted the attention of Tim Burton, who asked her to star in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Shockingly, he turned him down. Continue reading