Author: Lannamann, Ned
Date published: September 7, 2011
CURE FOR PAIN: THE MARK SANDMAN STORY
A documentary on the musician who, using a two-string slide bass guitar, crafted a series of albums that fell outside of the established rock boundaries. Morphine remains one of the most unique-and best-bands of the '90s, still standing the test of time today. But [the] trailer looks like a collection of '90s figures who haven't stood the test of time, with talking heads like Ben Harper, Les Claypool, and the giant dome of Matt Pinfield. This is not such a great sign. Morphine was a great band, and Sandman is a potentially fascinating subject for a film. They deserve a film that doesn't have that guy from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones explaining who they were. (NED LANNAMANN) Northwest Film Forum, Fri-Sun 7 pm.