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Heavy Metal Movies (That Aren’t Documentaries)

trick-or-treat-08Like most people in the world, I too am also a big fan of movies.  A movie buff per sè.  Also being a metal head I like to keep my ear to the ground for any movie themed around my favorite style of music, and surprising enough, there are quite a lot of them.  The downside, the majority of heavy metal themed movies are documentaries.  While they are for the most part very good, documentaries aren’t my usual go to genre when I want to pop a flick on.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional documentary (really, if you haven’t seen Heavy Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey yet, make that first order of business), but works of fiction resonate with me more.  So in my many years of watching many films (with a particular taste for dumb as fuck and campy as hell slasher/horror flicks) I’ve built up a decent library, and surprisingly there are quite a few movies with heavy metal themes.

Here are some really great flicks to check out which all revolve around heavy metal in some way.  To not just become yet another replicated list on the internet I’m leaving off some of the most obvious choices since I would imagine that you readers have already seen them.  So if you haven’t yet seen the titular Heavy Metal, Wayne’s World, This is Spinal Tap, Hesher, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Airheads, The Pick of Destiny, Rock Star, and Detroit Rock City, all of those should be very high on your viewing list.  Here are some of the more ‘underground’ films you may have looked over…. Hope you like shitty slasher flicks (protip: many featured here can be found in full on Youtube 😉 )  If you know of any movies that are themed on heavy metal not featured in this list give them a shout out in the comments.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Matt’s Top 10 Non-Metal Things of 2012

2012-So-FarIn case any of you may be curious as to what we enjoy outside the realm of metal we decided to do a list of non-metal things that we highly enjoyed this year, like music other than metal/hard rock, movies, video games.  Me and Reggie will both be doing one, so you can get 20 great suggestions of some really neat things.  Last year I allowed myself to add things that I discovered that year, but this year I’m limiting myself to stuff released in 2012, with the exception of video games because a lot of 2011 games didn’t get time to get played by me until 2012.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

#10 Maserati VII by Maserati

I’ve known about this band for a little while now and have enjoyed their unique brand of electronic infused groovy instrumental prog rock, but this year I found myself completely entranced with their latest album simply titled Maserati VII.  Each song is just overflowing with great beats (made with real drums) and Chris Farley-sized grooves (played with real bass and guitars).  Great music for just chilling out, popping in at a party, or cruising at high speeds in your, ummm, Maserati.

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Game Review: Back to the Future: The Game (Season One)

Video games and movies have a love/hate relationship going on.  The game industry loves to make games off of film licenses, and recently the movie industry has been making films off of game licenses.  Given the cinematic qualities and focus on narrative that the two share you think that they would compliment each other perfectly, but alas they mix as well as mustard and peanut butter.  If there is one thing that seems to be the common in the failure it is that the thing that makes the games/films suck is A: they are rushed or uninspired and B: they fail to capture the spirit of the other.  Excluding superhero games (they have more than enough material outside of the films to work off of) I can only think of a single game in history that was able to turn a film world into a captivating game which captured all the reasons I loved the movie.  That game is Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.  If anyone reading this has actually played it you know exactly what I’m talking about (and you are also awesome).  You got to go on an adventure with Indy and explore foreign lands and solve puzzles together and the snappy writing captured the feel of the delightful dialogue in the films all in a nice move at your own pace point and click adventure game.  As a kid I was quite enthralled by the game, even as I went back and revisited it again in the future.  Now before I really go off topic here, there is a second game that truly captures every single bit of magic that films had and delivers the sequel fans have been clamoring for many years now.  That game, based on one of the best film series ever, is Back to the Future: The Game, from Telltale Games.

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Some of my Favorite Movies

While I may not talk about movies much here, I watch a lot of them.  I go to the theater once a week and like to squeeze in a DVD when I can.  This is a repost from my old blog with some updates done to it of my all time favorite films.  What are your favorite flicks?  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!

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Mike Patton to Score Another Film, The Place Beyond the Pines

Well ain’t this a coincidence.  Mike Patton is featured as the Song of the Week today and then as I’m still listening to The Solitude of Prime Numbers soundtrack which he scored I stumble across the news that he will be scoring the soundtrack to yet another movie, The Place Beyond the Pines.  This will be the third feature full length movie that Mr. Patton has scored (the other being Crank 2: High Voltage, watch it, it’s, it’s, I don’t know, it’s crazy, but a damn fun time, and the soundtrack really fits the film).  It seems as if he has a knack for doing this kind of work and enjoys doing it.

According to IMDB The Place Beyond the Pines is about “A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.”  The film will be directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, which I haven’t seen, but have heard is really, really good) and will star Ryan Gosling (Drive, Blue Valentine), Eva Mendes (The Spirit), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover).  Interesting cast to say the least.  The film is also being shot in Schenectady, NY where the town’s name translates to “The Place Beyond the Pines” in the Native American Mohawk Tribe language.  Schenectady is also the resting place of one of my all-time favorite authors Kurt Vonnegut.  I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this film.  It is slated to be released in 2012.

And according to, “[Director] Cianfrance recently completed production on a film called Metalhead, ”the story of a heavy metal drummer who blows his eardrums out and must learn to adapt to a world of silence.” That films stars the always-awesome Jucifer as a fictional version of themselves. While that doesn’t tell us anything about Pines, it reinforces my suspicion that Cianfrance has good taste.”

And while I’m on the Mike Patton in entertainment subject I’ll also note that he will also be reprising his role as the voice of the major character The Darkness in the upcoming sequel, The Darkness II, to be released worldwide Feb. 10, 2012.  The first game was great, and going by all the info I’ve been able to squeeze out about this upcoming game, this should also be a big time winner.

Peace Love and Metal!!

Matt’s(Atleastimhousebroken) Top Ten NonMetal Things of 2011

Here’s a list of a bunch of other random things like movies, books, and video games that I enjoyed in 2011.  To make this list I just to have has seen/played/read/etc in 2011 so a handful of these aren’t super current releases.  What were some of your “other” favorite things of 2011?  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

10. Stephen King

I don’t know how I kept myself away from reading Stephen King for over 30 years, especially since A. I usually enjoy the movies his books are turned into, and B. The Dark Tower.  After reading a couple of his books this year (Tommyknockers and starting The Dark Tower) I know I will be backtracking quite a bit with his gargantuan catalog of novels.  Any suggestions?

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