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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…
I absolutely love how this was shot. This is a great look into a time and place and culture.
Believe it or not, I gained some respect for Poison.
A master class in comedic editing (that now feels a bit like cheating). Ozzie is charming, Lenny keeps it real, and that dude from Wasp (as every one knows) steals the show with one of the most bat shit interviews ever.
A must see
Part one was about nihilism; part two is hedonism.
Metal fans are, by and large, good-natured dopes, and the interviews with the fans of late-80s hair metal bands are pretty much what you would expect - to go from this to directing Wayne's World was not that much of a leap for Penelope Spheeris.
With a few exceptions, (Lemmy, Ozzy), the bigger rock stars featured are obnoxious and thick, but watching the eager, young gonnabe's, who have started bands and still dreaming of fame, money, girls (repeated like a mantra through the film) are funny and sweet, and a little sad.
Overall, it is quite a light-hearted - and, importantly, not at all sneery - film about tremendously shallow people,…
What a second act! WAYNE'S WORLD is a peak of studio comedies, and yet I'd never seen all of this, essentially Spheeris' demo reel for Lorne Michaels. It wasn't intended that way, of course, but what a brilliant risk they took hiring her: she had seen the guts and all of the metal world that WW lovingly skewed. This is basically a prequel or origin story to that masterpiece and for this alone THE METAL YEARS should be celebrated.
But like it's own predecessor, this is about much more than music and pop culture. Spheeris wisely shows fewer performances - there's just enough so they all blur together in the same phantasmagoria of big hair and costumes, with the notable…
BR. Fun and a bit depressing (wasp dude, brutal) The focus on 70s acts made little sense to me. These films are supposed to be about capturing a cultural moment. Once again loved all the audience interview interactions. Also loved how positive everyone was. Everyone is going to be famous.
A lot of classy dudes who respect women in this doc.
Fun as fuck.
the colors! really awesome blu ray transfer.
this is a style of documentary I really love, where there is editorial subtext clear through editing but the content is presented in a way that allows for a wide variety of reactions. BUT so much of the film is obviously staged and there is no pretense of objectivity.
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