A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
It's more than music...it's a way of life.
This flick interviews up and coming glam bands who made their home in the L.A. scene. Also interviewed are some of the genre's idols including Kiss, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Poison, Megadeth, Lemmy from Motorhead and of course, Ozzy. Also, spotlighted performances from bands such as Faster Pussycat, Odin, London (Nikki Sixx's old band), Seduce and Megadeth. The movie's range of topics include groupies, alcoholism, drugs, the glam image and why it attracted so many people from many walks of life. The movie's funniest (and saddest) segment includes filmmaker Penelope Spheeris's attempt to interview a W.A.S.P. guitarist in his pool, drunk as a skunk and with his MOM sitting right there!
"Why didn't you pick better songs?" - Some Jabroni who kept throwing devil horns during the dopiest metal moments.
Where oh where did Penelope Spheeris stumble upon Chris Holmes? Time stood still during the swimming pool interview where he douses himself with vodka as his mom glares. Probably the most arresting segment I've seen in a movie this year. I can still see him splashing his mom when I close my eyes.
Spheeris asks some really great questions, like "What if you don't make it?" And, "Is dating girls for food and money prostitution?" They occasionally put the subjects in a bind or tee them up for self-incriminating answers. One of my favorites: Steven Tyler's rambling comparison between masturbation and…
Not necessarily the best movie to watch back to back with the original. Where the original feels immediate, urgent and objective, this movie is so staged and angled towards condescension that it's almost off-putting as a documentary. In order to believe that Ozzy is really spilling orange juice all over his countertop, one has to ignore that it's an insert shot showing this (Ozzy maintains that this was staged). The memorable Chris Holmes bits, which thrilled/shocked me so much when I first saw this, may also have been largely staged. But then you gotta consider the subject matter. Isn't making something ridiculously fake and laughable exactly the form that this content deserves? The answers is, for the most part, yes!…
A document of both cringe-inducing comedy and high personal tragedy, this subjects of this film leave a vague depressing sensation that only grows more poignant as time marches on. The general ickiness in behavior on display is undercut by the obvious self-destruction of some of these folks, while others are just clearly dumb assholes. The most unforgettable moment is still Chris Holmes in the pool, calling himself "a piece of crap" and drinking to incomprehensibility. KISS might be the most loathsome band in the world, and how they managed to achieve this end while maintaining general sobriety I'll never know. But the person who comes off the best in the interviews is probably Lemmy, mostly because he doesn't say awful…
A glorious exploration of dumb-assedness.
"Belief in yourself should be the drug."
The inverse of the first volume in so many ways.
First, except for closing act Megadeth, none of the bands shown in concert here are remembered today. Odin, anyone? Spheeris knows this intuitively which leads to a great montage of her asking a bunch of aspiring rockstars what will happen if they don't become rich and famous. (They all refuse to believe that this is an option, let alone the likely one.)
Secondly, this film is almost entirely about the objectification of women, with the musicians recounting their various sexual escapades (edited ingeniously together in a cross-cutting montage which renders them all incomprehensible) and an uncomfortable extended sequence depicting a horrible sleaze pageant run by a despicable, perverted promoter. In…
An incredibly well edited film about total douchebags and assholes.
The excess, debauchery, delusions of grandeur, and superficiality of late 80s hair metal laid bare.
not nearly as bad as ive heard it was, though 100x more sad. rest in shit glam metal
SPECIAL MOVIE MÉNAGE!:
If SPINAL TAP fucked BEST IN SHOW and WAYNES WORLD watched - THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART 2: THE METAL YEARS would be their kid.
"I'm gonna continue on my modeling... And great... Um hopefully get on with my actressing - Shooting some movies."
WHO IS SUZY CREAMCHEESE?: From Frank Zappa, meaning an airheaded or naive girl or woman-nice to look at but without substance or intelligence.
A world of egotistical headbangers and brainless coked up whores dwelling in a mosaic of alcohol induced dreams of stardom. At times
their cries for help seem so surreal, yet the audience brushes it off
with a laugh. Because who in the world would feel compassionate for
a bloodsucking mosquito? Nobody. You squash it and wipe the blood and mangled exoskeleton on your Levi's. Fuck, I love these guys.
The music is sonic diarrhea this time around, but I still like it almost as much as its punk rock predecessor. I laughed at it, I laughed with it, and that's always a nice dichotomy to have.
I mean, you get to listen to Ozzy, Lemmy and shitfaced in a pool WASP guy wax philosophical on metal. What more do you cretins want?
Just watch this. Look at how hard this guy owns. Dude's got it all figured out.
Shits basically spinal tap.
Esta segunda parte de la trilogía llega casi una década después y es menos cruda en tratamiento y estética que el episodio inicial acerca del punk-rock. La ventaja es que es igual de honesto y se mantiene sin emitir juicios de ningún tipo.
En esta ocasión los jovencitos protagonistas son un poco mayores que la mayoría de los salvajes punketos que vemos en el primer capítulo. Sin embargo, la directora Penelope Spheeris nuevamente se las ingenia para transmitir las torpezas, la ambición, los egos descolocados y la desolación de metaleros que creen tener un norte seguro y desean comerse ciegamente al mundo (aunque a veces lo nieguen).
En muchos de los casos se trata de amateurs jugando a ser dios…
This film really is a time capsule and such a reflection of its time. From it exploring heavy metal through mostly just hair metal bands, to contrasting those bands with a more 'grounded' thrash band like Megadeth, to the picture it paints of a culture of absolute excess through sex and drugs... Like how many bands today would give the kinds of answers most of the bands in this film give? Would Paul Stanley in 2016 give an interview while in bed surrounded by three different women? This documentary couldn't have come to fruition at any other time than the 80s.
I don't know how the director felt about metal - whether she wanted to build it up or tear…
True to the genre that it focuses on, Decline II is far more polished and flashy than the first Decline. It's also far more mocking, which is okay because if any subgenre of music deserves to be mocked, it's hair metal.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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