By the time the voice of a toddler pipes, "I'm Kurt Cobain!" at the beginning of Montage of Heck (and this just-released trailer), you know you're fucked. Directed by Brett Morgen, with the cooperation of Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain, the documentary proceeds to pummel your ears and emotions for over two hours. It's the most visceral music film I've ever seen, and Morgan's unprecedented access to Cobain's personal archives -- in which he found 100+ cassette tapes, tons of artwork and an audio autobiography that Cobain recorded in the late '80s -- gives us a more intimate sense of the man than any interview could.
Montage of Heck will premiere on HBO May 4th and play in select theaters this spring.