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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Turning the weekend up to 11

Last week I saw the documentary “Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” which opens at the Varsity next Friday. It’s the riches-to-rags tale of the Canadian heavy metal (and heavy hair) band Anvil, and it makes for great entertainment even if you’re not a headbanger. (Likewise the documentary “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” which came out a couple of years ago. My job is often surprisingly educational; I now know way more than I ever thought I’d know about ’80s metal bands.) Though “Anvil!” is often unexpectedly funny — there’s just something about rows of guys swinging their long hair in rhythm, I don’t know what — it’s not a mockumentary; these guys are real and very human. There’s one moment in the film, though, that whooshed me back to the great rock mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap”: a scene in a recording studio in which we briefly see a dial that, yes, goes up to 11.
So of course, there was no question in my mind what clip to post for the weekend. Here’s Rob Reiner (fun fact: the drummer in Anvil is named Robb Reiner) and Christopher Guest, in “Spinal Tap’s” most famous scene. (“Listen.” “I’m not hearing anything.” [pause] “You would, though, if it were playing.”) See you Monday!

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