THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART III
1998, Bleeding Lights Film Group, 87 min, USA, Dir: Penelope Spheeris

Like her two previous DECLINE films, Part III showcases aggro bands such as Final Conflict and Naked Aggression. But like SUBURBIA, it’s also a teen odyssey, this time through the back alleys of Hollywood, turf inhabited by a new breed of homeless “gutter punks.” Astonishingly, what emerges from behind these kids’ boastful tales of drugs and debauchery is an achingly poignant vision of intelligent, talented youth consigned to the scrap heap by abusive parents and an obsessively conformist society.


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.


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