At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the “demi-gods of Canadian metal” influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time.
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This band's story is a hopeful and endearing rock fable that touches the heart of many, even non metal fans like myself. Robb and Lips are two dedicated artists who never had the recognition they deserved.
if there's a heavy metal singer crying in his band's documentary and not making it corny, it's anvil's steve ludlow. that's how heavy metal he is. and if there's a documentary about a then famous and now struggling heavy metal band and not making it boring, it's anvil! the story of anvil. that's how heavy metal the documentary is.
Traurig berührend, wie es heute um Anvil steht. Genauso faszinierend und schön, mit was für einer Leidenschaft die Jungs nach 30 Jahren Bandbestehen das alles noch machen. Ein wertvolles und lehrreiches Stück Dokumentation.
'Demi-gods of Canadian metal'. Well folks, that's all you need to know. First, not metal, but rock, 2nd, Canada sucks (and yes I'm from there). Inspirational material certainly, just two undermen trying to make it 'big' in our lost society. (Yup, surely nothing to do with making tons of monaaaaaay.) If they truly were artists they would focus on the music and not the fame.
I like those really symphatic guys, following their dreams year after year and trying to start an international career. And the music actually is very strong. In spite of some chaotic passages it's a documentary well worth seeing.
This is a wonderful and very moving documentary about actual artists. Not those shitbags you'll see in the papers or on tv.
It is also a documentary proving that the music industry is fucked.
... and I didn't cry because it was sad. I cried because I had the feeling that I might end up like these guys. Which is great and very depressing at the same time.
Not many movies get me so involved in peoples dreams but this one did. I really wanted Anvil as a band to succeed and I still do. The guys feel and are real as their dreams and the movie captures the journey - the story - of Anvil with all of its glory. Weirdly it reminds me of Spinal Tap even though this is a documentary.