OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

The lights will come on again!

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The ByTowne is now closed. But there's good news!

After the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and the ByTowne will re-open.

It may take a while for pandemic restrictions to be eased enough
that a feasible number of patrons can be allowed to watch a movie again,
but the new owners are working towards that day.

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Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck

From the director of The Kid Stays In The Picture

Kurt Cobain, it turns out, was a list-maker. To-do lists, potential band names and myriad organizational scribbles filled his notebooks, to which director Brett Morgan had access for the making of this family-approved documentary about the troubled grunge star. 

Poster art for Kurt Cobain: Montage Of HeckThe exclusive access also results in stunning amounts of archival footage: of his halcyon childhood in Aberdeen, Washington, early Nirvana rehearsals and his and Courtney Love’s druggy domestic antics at the height of Nirvana’s superstardom – which grow horrifying once Frances Bean Cobain, who co-executive-produced the film, is born. 

Animation fills in the blanks, as do interviews with a solemn Krist Novoselic, a loud, chain-smoking Love, and Cobain’s fawning mother. (High fives for excluding the ubiquitous Dave Grohl as a talking head.)

It all adds up to a multi-dimensional look at Cobain – the genius, the loser, the magnetic rock star (even to his bandmates) – that will reawaken your inner teenage punk.

– Carla Gillis, NOW Toronto

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