I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Metallicaâ€™s Some Kind of Monster (SKOM) here in Madison since the end of July. Initially, Metallicaâ€™s web site listed its release on August 6. That later changed to August 27. So here I was wondering what my future would be and hoping to get a chance to see this highly rated film. Now I know, I’m disappointed that I may not see this movie.
I called the theater today to see if it was going to open this weekend. Unfortunately, due to dismal (more like unannounced) pre-screening turnout, the theater does not plan on showing it. The person I spoke to said that it may come out next week, but thereâ€™s no certainty of that.
I was actually hoping to give it some attention by posting the little SKOM graphic on my siteâ€™s navigation bar. I mean, itâ€™s not a concert movie; itâ€™s not Led Zeppelinâ€™s The Song Remains the Same. Instead, itâ€™s the bitter reality of what happened over the course of two years in the life of Metallica. They went through a series of tumultuous ordeals that came to blows in 2001. This film digs deep into the band’s heart and exposes the “monster” that needed to come out.
So Iâ€™m really turned off by this repeated “postponement.” I think the thing that bothers me is that the band is using a grass roots approach at announcing this film event. Thatâ€™s pretty cool, because theyâ€™re getting their fans involved. But what ever happened to good old-fashioned television or radio advertising? Donâ€™t think that Metallica couldnâ€™t purchase some television ad spots and let the world know that there is a great story to be told. The film has received a variety of film festival selections and continues to receive great reviews from larger markets. Thatâ€™s one big problem with living in such a small market city, though; itâ€™s small and you donâ€™t always get an opportunity to see something like this. I really canâ€™t complain about where I live, though. Instead, Iâ€™m just upset that SKOM isnâ€™t getting the attention that Disneyâ€™s Americaâ€™s Heart and Soul received, despite its abysmal ticket sales (mind you, Americaâ€™s Heart and Soul is a counterstrike to Michael Mooreâ€™s Fahrenheit 9/11).
If I don’t see it on the big screen, I hope Metallica releases it on video/DVD.
Now that that is off my chest, I also want to mention that I’ve finally completed (yes, that’s right, completed) the England scrapbook. Next up is the new site. Since I purchased Dreamweaver, I’ve decided to redesign the new site from the ground up (well, that plus I’ll still import existing items). I will spend the next few months working on it along with new features, such as the web site evolution and possibly building my desk.