The career of Nimrod Antal seemed to fall all too quickly into the classic pattern of how not to go from making a festival favorite foreign film to working for US studios. His debut, Kontroll, was generally great if marked by a couple unformed ideas. His next two films, Vacancy and Armored, were better than the packaging suggested, but still not terribly memorable outside the confines of being studio genre exercises. Still, they were better than his most recent film, Predators, the appeal of which faded fast.
After that, I didn’t know what Antal would do next. As luck would have it, he has hooked up with one of the biggest bands in the world. Last year Metallica said they had hooked up with Journey to the Center of the Earth producer Charlotte Huggins to make a 3D film. Now Antal has been announced as director of that movie, which is currently untitled by tentatively set for a summer 2013 release. Read More »
Might be a weird week to be Metallica. The band is on the verge of releasing Lulu, a collaboration with Lou Reed that has earned some of the most scornful reactions I’ve ever seen directed at any album in any genre. But no matter what happens, reviews be damned, Metallica keeps on going. I can respect that, even if I can’t respect all of the work the band does.
The band has a strange place in film history. The first major film allowed to use the band’s music was Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. The prominence the songs gave the documentary is credited with helping bring attention to the three young men, aka the West Memphis Three, convicted of murdering young boys in Arkansas. The association between the band and Paradise Lost directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky resulted in the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster, which chronicled the band’s internal dysfunction in a way that has rarely been seen for any artistic group, much less a bunch of guys renowned for making heavy music for young men.
Now Metallica is evidently looking to self-finance its own film, which may be a 3D feature of some sort. Read More »