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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 30 July 2004 (USA)
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A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.
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Eric Avery ... Himself
Cliff Burnstein ... Himself
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Crazy Cabbie ... Himself
Stefan Chirazi ... Himself
Dylan Donkin ... Himself
Erica Forstadt ... Herself
Gio Gasparetti ... Himself
Mike Gillies ... Himself
Lani Hammett ... Herself
Zach Harmon ... Himself
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Some Kind of Monster is a music documentary about Metallica's making of their album St. Anger and the difficulties they had to go through in the process. The directors shot over 1200 hours and followed the band around night and day for over a year to create this documentary. Written by Mathias Nielsen

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$46,359, 11 July 2004, Limited Release

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$1,222,708, 24 October 2004
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Former Metallica members Jason Newsted and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth make appearances in this film. See more »

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Lars Ulrich: When I was running this morning, I was thinking about seeing you today, and the word "fuck" just comes up so much. Seriously, it's really true.
James Hetfield: Is that in anger?
Lars Ulrich: No, just, "Fuck!" "Fuck." I just think you're so fucking self-absorbed. And what makes it worse is that you always talk about... You always talk about me. You use the word "control" and "manipulation" a lot. I think you control on purpose, and I think you control inadvertently. I think you control by the rules you always set. I think ...
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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The Shortest Straw
Performed by Metallica
Written by James Hetfield (as Hetfield), Lars Ulrich (as Ulrich)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Published by Creeping Death Music (ASCAP), © 1988
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We are left with a business partnership reviving its product.
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The debate over whether or not Michael Moore's `Fahrenheit 9/11' should be called a `documentary' won't be heard hovering around Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's (`Brother's Keeper,' `Paradise Lost') `Metallica: Some Kind of Monster' because it is a documentary, an accurate rendering of the rock group's long struggle to create its latest album, `St. Anger.' Although sex and drugs play no role in the film and the groupie adulation is almost non present, making even the most out-of touch viewer skeptical, the battle of frontman James Hetfield with alcohol and the group with dysfunction has the feel of authenticity. We are left with a business partnership reviving its product.

By engaging `performance-enhancement coach' Phil Towle for $40,000 a month, Metallica puts its money where its mouth is-a serious effort to preserve the magic of a group that sold 90 million albums, so much a product of delicate personality bonding that the full time therapist had a real challenge to preserve the indefinable chemistry. Beside Hetfield's demons, drummer Lars Ulrich's Napster battle takes energy from the group, so Towle is probably a small investment in its survival. If heavy metal is not your thing, seeing this group psychodrama would be worth the admission.

Not seeming to fit the overall clinical activity of the film is a scene of Ulrich selling his art collection. Critic Ed Gonzalez gives an insightful explanation:

`There's a moment in the film where Berlinger and Sinofsky force a fascinating correlation between the paintings that hang in Ulrich's home and the music the band makes, calling attention to the relationship between art and the spectator and the way that art is consumed. This scene has absolutely nothing to do with the psych sessions between Metallica and Towle, and it's a great one.'

This kind of organic unity makes it a documentary of artful proportions. I still prefer classical and folk music, but I have to admit to a new interest in a musical genre I can share with my musician grandson Cody.


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