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Metallica - Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Cast: Metallica

Director(s): Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

Language: English

Genre: Documentary

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Synopsis

"This is not a film about Metallica ? it's a film about relationships."
- Drummer Lars Ulrich, to Rolling Stone

Three years in the making, this new film from acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (the team that created BROTHER'S KEEPER and PARADISE LOST) provides a fascinating, in-depth portrait of the most successful heavy metal band of all time, as they faced monumental personal and professional challenges while recording their first studio album of ori... [Get complete synopsis]

 

motleymitch wrote on March 22, 2005, 1:53 pm
Mood: intrigued
Rated
Hey, I couldn't find the photos and info for this flick...whatever.
Anyways, this is the documentary that was filmed about Metallica trying to get their shit together and not kill each other in order to start recording a new album again (2003's very mediocre "St.Anger"). What starts as a band trying to record after their bassist ups and quits, turns into long therapy sessions (they hire an actual band therapist at $40,000/month) and stints in rehab.
What is it about millionaire rock stars? Can I please slap these guys in the face? Wake up! You're loaded! You can do whatever you want for the rest of your lives! You don't get along? Quit! Start a new band! Fuck!!
A big bunch of whiny babies. You dopn't have to be a fan of their music to enjoy the film though.
Two rather compelling scenes: Lars Ulrich (the drummer) sitting in a private room watching his art collection being auctioned off at Christie's (one particular Basquiat goes for 5 milllion!) while sipping champagne and celebrating. Another scene involves a session between him and the therapist and Dave Mustaine. Mustaine used to be in Metallica (1982-83) until he was booted out and he went on form Megadeth. He tells Lars what it's been like for HIM for the past 20 years; living in Metallica's shadow as second banana, fans coming up to him and yelling "METALLICA RULES!" in his face, etc...
he says any other band would look at Megadeth as complete success, but Mustaine sees it as second banana failure. He tells Lars to grow the fuck up and get along already. Cool scene.
Anyways, just a very good documentary.
MasterWoodsman wrote on March 22, 2005, 2:29 pm
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Did the movie explore how Metallica actually sued their fans? Lowest point in modern music legal history.

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