One of the more intriguing films (yet another documentary!) at Sundance 2004 is sure to be Berlinger and Sinofsky's "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster." Screening Times: Jan 21 8:30PM Prospector; Jan 22 8:30AM Prospector; Jan 23 9AM Yarrow. More from Reuters/Billboard:
The movie is an unflinching, warts-and-all look at the band. Joe Berlinger (right) and Bruce Sinofsky produced and directed the film, which is part of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and is targeted for release in theaters and on DVD this year if the film gets a distribution deal. Berlinger and Sinofsky directed the HBO documentaries "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" and "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations," both of which prominently featured Metallica's music. A rough cut of the film, which shares a title with one of the songs on the "St. Anger" album, was shown at private screenings held last month in New York and Los Angeles. Lead singer/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich (left) clash often in the film, with lead guitarist Kirk Hammett usually acting as peacemaker. The making of "St. Anger" was interrupted for several months when Hetfield went into rehab for alcoholism and other addictions. Other key figures in the film are therapist Phil Towle, whom Metallica paid $40,000 per month to help resolve tension in the band, and long-time producer Bob Rock. Towle is ubiquitous, as he spends time with the band in the studio and during songwriting sessions. Later in the film, the band members wrestle with whether to let Towle go, when they feel his services are no longer needed.