Movie: Kurt Cobain About a Son.

About a son

Photo: Rod Yates, editor of Empire Magazine interviewing Michael Azerrad on his movie, Kurt Cobain About a Son.

Kurt Cobain looms out of the cinema screen like a melancholic Viking, ready to pillage our minds. Like the images of other dead celebrities, the image sets off thought patterns and we classify: drug addict, father, musican.

Like all narratives perpetuated by the one dimensional main stream media, he was also a son. A talented person with real problems, real skills and dreams.

A son of divorced parents, a common afliction of children of the late 20th century, this and the times haunted Kurt. The lyrics and music of Nirvana described the world of the US Pacific Northwest: dark with low hanging fog and cloud. This description also applies to his life, and the life of many of Generation-X. Cold war, AIDS, unemployment.

The movie, About a Son, is Kurt narrating his life in his own words. As captured by biographer, Michael Azerroth in 25 hours of taped interviews during 1992-3. The imagery paints a Washington state that Kurt lived in. A child of his parents, age and area.

Using Kurt’s own words, and showing the real life Aberdeen, Olympia and Seattle one gets a sense of the angst of Nirvana. Kurt also talks about his addiction via self medication to opiates to escape pain; depression and scoliosis.

The movie is about an ordinary person; it humanises a driven person. An complex artistic soul that expressed the nihilism of my generation.

Most importantly, Kurt touches the ultimate poison that is the cult of celebrity that has only grown in the last 15 years. Especially fighting the negative narrative.

Any Nirvana fan or member of generation X should see this movie.

Thanks to PopcornTaxi for bring this movie to Australia.

Uncle Mike: Munge Brother Pioneers

I had completely forgotten about the Munge History of video production.

In the early 1990s, when Adobe Premiere was a new thing, and Quicktime overshadowed anything Microsoft had until at least 1995 – we created this video.

Starring Uncle Mike, Uncle Paul, Uncle Peter (Peter Harris) and myself – the DOSBOX (original Munge Car) and Mike’s passion for windsurfing intersected my passion for the Newton PDA. We created this little advertisment as an advertisement for Random Access Consulting; or the Munge Brothers.

Kings of an Older Generation

Paul Brickhill, original Australian author of The Dam Busters may be turning in his grave. The master of fakery is now in charge of re-kindling the memories of the bravest men who never had the chance to pass on their bravery to younger generations.

The director of the longest movies I am thankful I’ve never seen: Lord of the Rings; Peter Jackson, is now remaking the classic 1950s British movie of the book of the famous raid on the dams of the Ruhr valley in 1943.

If he destroys this like he has decimated the love of his childhood, King Kong (1933) , almost as much as the 1976 version: I am going to be livid. This movie is not about ILM/Weta technical gee-whizzery. It is about the men who flew in World War II, and those who lost their lives on both sides for reasons the current young un’s have forgotten.

The Dam Busters movie/book is a salute to quirky English scientist (Barnes Wallis) and to the bravery of airmen of the Empire; in a time that the current generation has quickly forgotten. Richard Todd, himself a veteran, played Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Victoria Cross), who died in a de Havilland Mosquito in Holland, September 1944.

During the Dam Busters raid in May of 1943 Guy was in command, and merely 25 years old. I trust that an appropriate age (that is, young) actor is chosen to provide realism to what otherwise could go the way of King Kong.

We need to remember; and I hope the movie does for the airmen of the Empire what Saving Private Ryan has done for the veterans of D-Day. To remember, not be entertained.

Microsoft has a sense of English Humour

David Brent Management Training videos – of the same ilk as the John Cleese post Fawlty Towers management and sales training films on the 1970s – shows Microsoft UK has a sense of humour.

And way more important, is an English sense of humour.

It is obviously internal only: talking about Microsoft Values – in a very indirect and humourous way. How this leaked I do not know, and I am sure that it breaks a bazillion copyright and internal rules.

I wonder if head office signed off on the content. Somehow, I think this one slipped through the cracks.

A must see!

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