Metallica: Through the Never: Some Kind of Concert Movie

by Ethan Alter September 27, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Metallica: Through the Never</i>: Some Kind of Concert Movie

I'll say this for Metallica's film career -- the band has never made the obvious choice when it comes to the kinds of movies they choose to participate in. The 2004 making-of-an-album documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster could have been an extended behind-the-scenes featurette, but instead emerged from the editing room as an exceptionally intimate and invigorating exploration of the creative process, with the group's quartet of metal gods (who individually are vocalist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo on bass) opening their lives (and hearts) to Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's cameras. And now, in the midst of a wave of glossy, content-free teenybopper concert movies like One Direction: This is Us and Katy Perry: Part of Me, they've gone and made Metallica: Through the Never, a deliberately strange and hyperbolically stylish IMAX-sized production that intersperses the requisite concert footage not with puff-piece backstage interviews and acts of clearly staged tomfoolery, but instead an expressionistic narrative that doesn't even feature any members of the band. I'd accuse Through the Never of not making a whole lot of sense, but I think that's precisely the point. It's a happening, man, one that's supposed to freak you out.

Five Reasons Why <i>Chronicle</i> is 2012′s First Great Comic Book Movie

Between The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and... um, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, 2012 is shaping up to be the biggest year for comic-book movies in the genre's history. And while those giant-sized blockbusters are sure to provide plenty of F/X-driven spectacle (and, in the case of Chris Nolan's final Batman flick, some potentially provocative political commentary), perhaps the year's most intriguing, creatively ambitious superhero picture is the one that's not based on an established, long-running four-color title. I'm talking about Chronicle, the feature filmmaking debut of director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis (son of John) that Fox is releasing in theaters today with surprisingly little fanfare. Applying the "found footage" conceit that's almost exclusively been used for horror movies ever since The Blair Witch Project to the story of three ordinary teenagers that accidentally acquire special powers, Chronicle has its issues (a complete lack of subtly chief among them) but overall it's a clever, entertaining spin on the typical superhero origin story. Here are five reasons why comic book fans should vote with their wallets this weekend and make Chronicle the year's first big hit.

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