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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

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Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, and Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler are among the Heavy Metal artists interviewed in The Decline of Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years. This follow-up to filmmaker Penelope Spheeris' classic 1981 "punk" documentary The Decline of Western Civilization is a bit more reflective and word-dominated than its predecessor, but no less entertaining. One striking aspect of the film is its before-and-after comparisons of the impact of MTV. Heavy Metal newcomers tend

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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.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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For all the amusingly fatuous remarks heard here -- and Miss Spheeris has a great ear for these -- the overriding dimness of most of the fans and musicians is frightening.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Fascinating.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
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This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

A very interesting documentary and capture of the life of metalheads in the late 80s. I was really looking to watch the first part, but I loved seeing all the great bands in this movie. It wasn't as funny as I heard it was, but it was interesting, as I said.
February 15, 2013
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I grew up with metal, and I have a real soft spot for this documentary...it's hilarious! It's EXACTLY like This Is Spinal Tap...but it's REAL!! THESE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY SERIOUS! Comedy genius!
July 14, 2007
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Pretty good rockumentary, that features alot of my favorite hair bands back in the day with an awesome soundtrack. Watch for a very very drunk Chris Holmes (w.a.s.p.) and a special breakfast interview with Ozzy. worth a look for any headbanger.
April 5, 2009
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