Watched Aug 18, 2012
"Everything bad he can do to his heart, Bobby Liebling will do it... Love, drugs and bacon"
A documentary about lead singer of Pentagram, Bobby Liebling. He's 54 years old and lives in his parents basement where he shoots heroin, smokes crack and is basically killing time until he dies. Similar to Anvil, this is a story of what could have been if fate had been kinder. Pentagram were given the chance to become the next Black Sabbath several times but each and every time Liebling fucked it up. The film follows an avid fan who's taken it upon himself to get the old band back together for one last tour. However, Bobby's failure to kick his habits and his turbulent relationship with Hallie, a girl half his age who he has fallen madly in love with, stand in the way.
Although I'm a fan of Pentagram, the film never really gripped me enough. The first two thirds is quite unfocused and treads water a bit but once the prospect of an album and series of live shows is introduced, the film gets an injection of urgency, it's just a shame it didn't focus more on this period. Unfortunately you're never really given much of a reason to cheer Liebling on and at times when the story could have used some more detail, "A few months later..." titlecards were being used to paper over the cracks.
Certainly a flawed documentary and one I would have scored lower if I wasn't interested in the subject matter, but if you like heavy metal or enjoyed Anvil, give it a try.