BOB AND THE MONSTER
2013, Shaker Films, 89 min, USA, Dir: Keirda Bahruth

As leader of Thelonious Monster, Bob Forrest was the toast of Los Angeles’ indie-rock scene in the late 1980s, but his life was, to borrow one of the group’s album titles, a beautiful mess. Like many musicians, Forrest faced a life-threatening struggle with addiction, finally achieving sobriety after years in and out of rehab and becoming one of the most influential drug counselors in the country. This award-winning documentary blends archival performance footage, animation and recent interviews (including testimony from rockers Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others) to profile this troubled but hopeful soul whose message is as vital as his music.


THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT
1996, Sony Repertory, 129 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Millionaire pornographer Larry Flynt may seem an unlikely subject for a biopic, but in the hands of director Milos Forman and screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, his life and legal battles brilliantly illuminate the continuing American conflict between free speech and censorship. The outstanding cast is led by Woody Harrelson as the Hustler magazine founder, rocker Courtney Love as doomed stripper Althea Leasure and Edward Norton as attorney Alan Isaacman.


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