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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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Cast

Credited cast:
James Hetfield ... Himself
Lars Ulrich ... Himself
Kirk Hammett ... Himself
Robert Trujillo ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Avery Eric Avery ... Himself
Cliff Burnstein Cliff Burnstein ... Himself
Cliff Burton ... Himself (archive footage)
Crazy Cabbie Crazy Cabbie ... Himself
Stefan Chirazi Stefan Chirazi ... Himself
Dylan Donkin Dylan Donkin ... Himself
Erica Forstadt Erica Forstadt ... Herself
Gio Gasparetti Gio Gasparetti ... Himself
Mike Gillies Mike Gillies ... Himself
Lani Hammett Lani Hammett ... Herself
Zach Harmon 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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The film that redefines group therapy. See more »

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,359, 11 July 2004

Gross USA:

$1,222,708

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,980,444
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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the departure of full time bassist Jason Newsted, producer Bob Rock was asked to play bass on 'St. Anger'. Despite his acceptance of the temporary role Rock did not make any creative contributions to the album, and therefore didn't receive any writing credits. See more »

Quotes

Kirk Hammett: [in the "Tough Riff" scene from the Additional Scenes] Yeah, yeah. I got that. It's the notes in between that are fucking with me.
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The Unnamed Feeling
Performed by Metallica
Written by James Hetfield (as Hetfield), Lars Ulrich (as Ulrich), Kirk Hammett (as Hammett),
Bob Rock (as Rock)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Published by Creeping Death Music (ASCAP) and EMI Blackwood Music (Canada) Ltd./Mahina Hoku Publishing (SOCAN),
© 2003
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Great documentary about humorless band
14 April 2004 | by b23eeSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of early Metallica. They lost me, though, on the Metallica album (the black album, the first sign that they were turning into Spinal Tap). While this documentary is great film, I have to say that it just makes clear that Lars and James are utterly devoid of humor when it comes to themselves. At the film festival screening the theatre was filled with laughter as they revealed themselves to be petulant children who have a long way to go to reach maturity. Poor Kirk and the new guy, Rob Trujillo. There were only two times when Lars spoke really honestly in a way that didn't seem manipulative, and James never gave up anything real except when he was with his kids. The $40,000 a month counselor (he is not a trained psychiatrist or psychologist) was right out of Spinal Tap. FYI- the biggest cheers erupted after every Jason Newsted interview because he is just straight up, real, and honest. I wish him a lot of success because he seems to truly be all about playing music. Believe me, I applaud Metallica for being willing to let people see this truly great film, but as for Lars and James, lighten up for crying out loud. Therapy isn't only about expressing your feelings and expecting everyone to pat you on the back, it's also about learning to admit when you're wrong or being a jerk and laughing at yourself.


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