Rob Nelson of CityPages.com recently interviewed Joe Berlinger, one of the filmmakers behind the much-anticipated METALLICA documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", about the movie that Nelson calls a possible candidate for "the movie of the year."
"It's about human growth and creative relationships," Berlinger said about the film. "It's about dealing with your inner demons. In a very real way, it's about the downside of rock and roll."
According to Berlinger, he and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sinofsky were not only struggling during the making of the film to remain true to a body of work that turns the viewer's prejudices inside out, but struggling, like METALLICA frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, to remain partners.
"Bruce and I were having growing pains," Berlinger told CityPages.com. "We had been making films together since 1990 when we were both at Maysles [Films]. By 2000 or so, we were getting sick of each other — for lots of good reasons. So for us to be together making this film, witnessing these guys deal with their collaboration issues, naturally inspired us to get a lot of shit off our chests. There were all these ego issues: What does he really do and what do I really do? But the fact is that when you throw us together, for some reason magic happens. And it's like that for Lars and James. In terms of their genre of music, those guys are the Lennon and McCartney of their generation." [Read more]