Better Than Anvil

 

Last Days Here is a 2011 documentary about the the current life and self imposed struggles of Bobby Liebling, lead singer of  legendary underground doom metal band Pentagram, a band which is best described as an up tempo, street wise version of Black Sabbath..

When we are first introduced to would of been, could of been rock star Bobby Liebling, he is such a wretched drugged out mess that not only wouldn’t it be a surprise if he were dead by the end of the film, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were dead by the middle of it.

It doesn’t take long to figure out why his current manager is so psyched to see Bobby get it together and make a comeback of sorts. Pentagram’s songs are featured early and often, and those songs have a certain way about them that will leave you wondering why you haven’t heard them before. Combined with excellent editing by the filmmakers, Last Days here is never weighed down by the potentially impossible situation of getting it’s main character right. Doom and gloom present itself sure enough, but the film is able to capture and show you the edge without becoming the edge and bringing everyone down with it.

You wont want Bobby Liebling in your house, but after hearing a few Pentagram songs and seeing how they affect people, you also wouldn’t pass up the chance to have a beer with him.

 

If You Only See One Teenage Hermaphrodite Coming of Age Movie This Summer

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It would be easy to say that this is the girl version of Napoleon Dynamite, but it’s actually a more watchable film than Napoleon’s offering.

Savannah Stehlin stars as the frizzy haired middle school girl with a ding a ling named Spork. Spork lives in the tiniest of trailers with her dirty faced older brother and numbs the pain of her teased existence by repeatedly watching The Wiz. One day she stands up against the snotty girl gang that is picking on her and gains the attention of her more outgoing trailer park neighbor, and an equally teased undersized boy in her class.

As the story plays out, you learn that some of these characters are missing key components to enjoying a well balanced life. This is handled in a manner that neither makes fun of the character nor talks down to the audience, and is reminiscent of John Hughs 1980’s teen dramedies. ┬áThere are some singing and dancing numbers that could have easily come off as ridiculous and unbelievable, but again, it’s presented in way that makes the viewer feel as if they are a part of the fun.

Part of what makes the musical scenes work so well is the collaboration between director J.B Guhman Jr., film editor Philip J. Bartell, art director Nathan Carden, composer Timothy Kiefer, and co-composers Casey James and the Staypuff Kid. If just one of these individuals had not brought their A game, it could have been messy.

Don’t just take our word for it, check it out for yourself and see how all those contributions make the make everything about Spork just plain fantastic.