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Cobain: Montage of Heck
This documentary explores the life of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, who, to this day, remains one of the most iconic figures in rock history. Through the unique lens of Cobain’s personal journals, recordings and art, this film offers a uniquely intimate view of his whirlwind decade–long music career.
Watch if: you like movie titles that avoid using swear words.
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If you’re not sufficiently emotionally vulnerable because of midterms, watch this heart–wrenching documentary covering one of our favorite English soul and rhythm singers. Chronicling Amy Winehouse’s journey from her young beginnings to her celebrity and untimely death, this film is both tasteful and deeply moving.
Watch if: you have recently purchased a box of tissues and are okay with using all of them to soak up your movie–induced tears.
What Happened, Miss Simone?
This Sundance favorite illuminates the social dynamics of a particularly racially tense period and many of the obstacles artists of color have faced.
Watch if: you only just found out about Nina Simone through Lana del Rey's cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Also because watching this movie is as close as procrastination gets to an actual history lesson.
The Reflektor Tapes
If you want to cultivate your supez hip–n–artsy reputation, consider watching this recently released documentary about indie rock band Arcade Fire. Covering the 2011–2014 period of Arcade Fire’s production of album Reflektor through dreamy, impressionistic filmography, the film aims to explore the undercurrents of their latest album. Extra points if you watch this film in a quiet public space on full volume—that way, you can communicate to everyone around you how refined your musical sensibilities are.
Watch if: you want to relay to the world your pretentiousness. Not required: actually liking Arcade Fire.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Watch if: you're feeling like getting a healthy dose of JBiebs’ cutting–edge 2010 hair.
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