Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of their new album. But not just the usual sitting in a studio, bashing power chords kind of footage — this was a warts’n’all look at the group dynamics involved. The arguments, walk-outs, the laughs, the group therapy sessions, the bits where they tried to sack the group therapist and he resisted. Interspersed with flashbacks both personal and public, it paints a picture of successful musicians having a great deal of difficulty being successful musicians. Very funny in parts, and you don’t need to be a Metallica fan (or even overly familiar with their music) to get a lot out of it.
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I heard that movie showed the true James Hetfeld of being an absolute prick and a half.
*sigh* Too bad their more recent albums haven’t been as good as previous ones.
Emma, if anybody qualifies for being a prick in the movie, it’s Lars, not James. James certainly manipulates band operations to suit himself, but given he was recovering from alcoholism at the time, personally I thought most of his opinions justified.