The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
by Various Artists
It's more than music...it's a way of life.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 4, 2016
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Shout Factory
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Featured:||Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, KISS, Megadeth, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne, W.A.S.P., Lizzy Borden, Faster Pussycat, London & Odin|
|Directed by||Penelope Spheeris|
Thirty years on, there's no denying Spheeris' expertise in capturing a moment that could never exist exactly the same way ever again. Full Review
There's so little respect for the music that we never see or hear a number from beginning to end, and we rarely hear any of the musicians speak more than a few seconds at a time. Full Review
The filmmaker ultimately comes away with a portrait of hedonism and emptiness that's as sad as it is funny. Full Review
[The Sequel] focuses on the kind of extravagance that the kids in the first film were rebelling against, at least insofar as it manifested itself in stadium-ready rock 'n' roll and its brand-new baby brother, Full Review
Spheeris has a keen eye for absurdity and her interviews with older, wiser rockers underline the fact that you can't put an old head on young shoulders. Full Review
Sydney Morning Herald
Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects. Full Review
Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris scans the heavy-metal music scene: Alice Cooper, Lizzy Borden, Poison, Aerosmith, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne.
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