“Anvil” Tells a Good Story

Anvil! The Story of Anvil is in the same class as The King of Kong. It’s a documentary that tells an entertaining and touching story about a subject that most viewers probably would never care about but will once they get to know the people in it. I laughed out loud through much of it, but was equally moved as the story unfolded.

From the linked DVD Talk review:

It’s easy to describe “Anvil!” as a real world version of “This is Spinal Tap,” and the comparison is incredibly accurate… While suitably absurd and prone to spotlighting rock cliché humiliation, “Anvil” is a far more reverberating and loving film than it seems at first glance… [It presents the core members of the band] as sensitive, generous, and terrified men nervously facing the rest of their life without the proper career explosion they deserve, and that potent tension turns “Anvil!” from a cheap laugh to a documentary that’s thrillingly heartfelt and extracts a genuine reflection on life that’s downright poetic.

I didn’t think I’d be interested in it, but it’s a good movie. A good story.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

2 Replies to ““Anvil” Tells a Good Story”

  1. I saw The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus tonight directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Tom Waits, Health Ledger, Johnny Depp, etc. Considering that Ledger died half way through the production, thanks to Terry Gilliam’s insane imagination, the movie didn’t turn out too shabby. I don’t entirely agree with the consensus at Rotten Tomatoes: “Terry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever… ” Agreed, if indulgent means Gilliam’s imagination is wild and fun to watch just for the sake of watching it. “…but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative…” Okay. “…darkly beautiful power of his earlier work…” No. There’s a bit of darkness near the end, but it’s not as oppressively manic as his earlier movies, and it’s not a downer. The playfulness of it all eclipsed the darkness for me. “…with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.” Yes.

  2. anvil..this was painful at times to watch…would not have been if it was fictional…love the hair though…of the eighties..

    watched “at the death house door” ….I am amazed at how many people believe that capital punishment deters crime….

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