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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2001 10:59 am    Post subject: rock star screening review Reply with quote

from http://www.metal-is.com

ROCK STAR - the first review!
4 Apr 2001

Everyone loves sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, so it was only a matter of time
before a feature film captured all three in a musical era where they were
perhaps most prevalent.
OK, so the flower power of the Sixties best fits that description. But
Eighties metal isn't far behind. And with the genre having undergone a
nostalgic renaissance in America in recent years via summer package tours,
music video programs and compilation albums, the timing could not have been
better to immortalise on screen all things hair, leather and spandex. Rock
Star (formerly known as Metal God) does that and more, endearingly - and
quite humorously - recreating the excesses of the genre. Although the film
won't be released in America until September, it was screened for prominent
members of the Los Angeles metal community yesterday (3 April), presumably to
start the proverbial word-of-mouth buzz.
Most metalheads know that Rock Star is loosely based on the ascension of
current Judas Priest frontman Ripper Owens from tribute band obscurity to
rock star glory, with Mark Wahlberg taking the starring role. Although he's
an accomplished actor with credits that include Boogie Nights and Three
Kings, some have raised eyebrows at the casting of the one-time rapper in a
metal movie. But Wahlberg is the film's most pleasant surprise, as he
convincingly and charmingly portrays an aspiring rock singer who scores - and
nails - an audition with his heroes, Steel Dragon, after the group sees a
videotape of him performing in a tribute band.
Though it's somewhat disguised by mounds of makeup and hoards of hair, Rock
Star is a love story at heart, showing how fame and fortune - and groupies -
can get in the way of romance, with sitcom star Jennifer Aniston portraying
Wahlberg's girlfriend/manager. But rock fans will care more about some of the
film's other stars, as a slew of musicians, including Jason Bonham, Slaughter
's Blas Elias and Dokken's Jeff Pilson appear as members of Wahlberg's
various bands. Best cast, though, is Zakk Wylde, hysterical as a
monosyllabic, but still foul-mouthed, guitarist with a penchant for hunting
and drinking. (Big stretch, we're sure.) Several of the LA attendees also got
a kick out of a hilarious cameo by local tribute band king Ralph Saenz, known
in the TV commercial world as the leader of Danger Kitty.
There undoubtedly will be griping about the inaccuracy of the film's
soundtrack, as Rock Star is set in 1985 and 1986, yet it contains songs from
before (Kiss' Lick It Up) and after (Def Leppard's Let's Get Rocked)
that period. British viewers will also likely shake their heads at American
actors trying to master an accent that's apparently quite foreign (although
it makes for a classic scene when Wahlberg tries to perfect it). And while
its ending doesn't quite match up with the story that inspired it, the film
as a whole paints an engaging and always entertaining portrait of the cult of
metal when it was at its commercial peak.
Several veterans of the era - including Metal Edges Gerri Miller,
RIPs Lonn Friend and Headbanger's Ball host Riki Rachtman - were in
attendance, as was Motörheads Lemmy (the first in line at the open bar after
the film ended). But most interesting was what Halford guitarist Pat Lachman
said the real Metal God would think of the movie: "He'd laugh his ass off!"

Clay Marshall>>
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Lianne
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2001 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanx for that, sound cool. I'm glad to hear it got good reviews from the metal community.

Can't wait til sept!

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2001 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow sounds good!! can't wait.

actually I am looking forward to this more than POTA!
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M Factor



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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2001 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for posting that newfan. i liked the sound of it!!
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ali



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2001 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A-ha! He does try a British accent! Sounds like a really fun movie, I'll look forward to that one. I also want to hear him sing heavy metal - I mean that 'musical' scene in Boogie Nights was hilarious...!

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judy newberry



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2001 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw the review tonight. Not really a fan of metal, but I am of Mark. He looked good in this one. Can't wait to see this movie. He really is some eye candy. Plus he's a really good actor! Between the two what more could you ask?
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judy newberry



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2001 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops... I only saw the preview not the review. Can't type without spell check. I am a huge fan of all kinds of music. 80's metal isn't really high up there. But this movie looked worth seeing, Mark is in it! Maybe it might enlighten me more?!
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Lianne
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2001 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AICN has 2 reviews of Rock Star. Pretty positive, but they are written by fanboys, so they complain about stupid stuff. Note one reviewer gave the ending away, so don't read if you don't want to know.
http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=9494

Lianne

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