Category: Documentary

La Guarimba Film Festival

It’s always good to hear of a success story, especially one that happens against the odds. The short film About the resistance looks at what it took to create a film festival out of nothing. A like-minded collection of artists from all around the world worked together to create a film event that everyone could enjoy. Continue reading “La Guarimba Film Festival” »

Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster

220px-Some_kind_of_minster_(film)Metallica Week… Hmmmm… How do I, lover of Queen, Kylie and Billy Joel, contribute to a week dedicated to a Heavy Metal rock band of such legendary status that I can’t name a single song or album that they are famous for? Great start huh? In fact if my friends over at musicscramble had asked me to review ‘One Direction: This Is Us’ I would have been coming from a stronger starting place of musical knowledge. But apparently that is what they want for this review so away we go.

Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster is a documentary covering the 3 year period from 2001 to 2003, that follows the band’s creative process (and differences), ultimately resulting in the release of their St. Anger album. I can’t say that this is a warts and all documentary, and it certainly isn’t as revealing as something like ‘Tantrums and Tiaras’, but I definitely feel I got a very good insight about who the three members (they had lost bassist Jason Newsted at this point) of Metallica actually are.

NB I have promised myself that I won’t dive straight onto wikipedia to find out what happened next, until after I finish this article because I don’t want other peoples’ writing or facts to influence the feelings I got from the three of them. Continue reading “Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster” »

Mission to Lars

Mission to LarsMeet Englishman Tom Spicer. He suffers from Fragile X Syndrome, a form of autism. He has one dream in life. To meet his hero Lars Ulrich, the drummer of the biggest heavy metal band on the planet. Can his siblings make Tom’s dream come true and unite him with his idol? Well, it’s not going to be easy.

Kate Spicer is Tom’s sister and a journalist. She feels that she can make use of her contacts to ensure Tom’s dream is fulfilled. Their brother Will is a filmmaker and decides to document the journey and Mission to Lars is born. It’s not going to be easy though as the Spicer’s are in England while Metallica are touring the US. Plus there’s the subject of Tom’s condition.

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For the Love of Lugosi

For some film makers the short film is the calling card to gaining recognition and financing for a larger and perhaps more ambitious project. For others completing the short is the achievement in itself. To produce a piece of cinema is a real achievement. To do so on a micro budget and make it interesting is something to be very proud of indeed. Falling into the personal achievement category we review the 2011 documentary film, For the love of Lugosi, from Director Andy Gregor and writer / presenter  D.T. (Derek) Wilson. Continue reading “For the Love of Lugosi” »