Metallica

Metallica

Some Kind of Monster

DVD - 2014
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This documentary follows the band through three of the most turbulent years in their three-decade long career. Viewers get a raw and intimate look into the lives and psyches of the members of one of the most successful rock bands in music history as they battle their way through addiction, domestic life, backlash from their fans, and near-total disintegration during the making of their Grammy-winning album "St. Anger."
Publisher: [Los Angeles] : Blackened Recordings, [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.66092 M5647M 2014
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 166 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Some kind of monster

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lukasevansherman
Jul 26, 2017

Even if you're a Metallica fan (I am.), this warts and all documentary about the personal and professional strife that went into the making of their pretty terrible 2003 album "St. Anger" album is a slog and you feel you were happier before knowing so much about the members of the band (Although lead guitarist Kirk Hammett seems pretty chill. Did you know he's part Filipino?). Their hiring of a kind of "life coach" has to rank as a low point for any band, let alone a metal band. You'll need to listen to "Ride the Lightning" at full volume to wash this one out of your brain.

ravenheart Jan 31, 2014

Be sure to watch the extras. There's a lot of extra footage that was as interesting as the film itself. I thought the St. Anger album was probably their worst album ever, but this film is still kind of entertaining and I'd recommend it. I think Truijo is a solid bass player and like him just fine, but I think it would have been cool, if they had brought Mustaine in on the St. Anger album and had him play bass temporarily, instead of Bob Rock sitting in. I know it's only a pipe dream, but creatively, Mustaine would have been better for the album. (and yeah, he can play bass too) It would have made for better arguments for this documentary, too. ^haha Check out Lars' cool old man. His dad knows more about what constitutes good music than Metallica's management does. It sure was telling, that what they were producing was crap, when only 4 songs out of 30 got "yes" votes from all the members. The progressive deterioration of James singing voice & style has been killing the band's work since the black album. I also found it really shocking that nobody brought in any songs/ideas (riffs, lyrics/themes, drum work, etc) that they had been working on before the recording process started....I just can't fathom how you can expect to make a solid album when nobody is putting in the work.

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Medina12
Mar 03, 2013

I loved this movie! It's very cool to see the inner thoughts of the biggest heavy metal band of all time! As they might seem tough and crazy on stage, Metallica has an unseen softer side that is exposed with therapy, and shown in the movie. But don't worry! There is still plenty of battles over music, control, touring, and each other. The only thing I have to say is Lars you always start arguements!!!! Also shown in the movie were the struggles that the band had to go through, trying to make their new album, their despute with Napster, and their search for a new bass player. (WELCOME ROB!) This movie is great for anyone. Especially Metallica fans!

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GGirl
Jul 28, 2010

A new look at Metallica, the band members and their struggles. Kind of funny how they talk about their feelings all the time.

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bobfrombob
Feb 19, 2010

Big fan of music but not a big fan of Metallica - I really enjoyed this movie. Big tough metal band getting in touch with their inner-feelings. It took a ton of courage for these guys to allow this really personal stuff to be filmed and it's a fascinating look behind the curtain at how they go from being hugely successful and hating each other to learning how to work together again.

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