Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)
August 7, 2023 10:45 AM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal" influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams.

A film by Sacha Gervasi.

98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.


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posted by DirtyOldTown (7 comments total)
This is actually on my 1001 list, although I probably won't be getting to it for a while yet....
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:18 AM on August 7, 2023

It's really delightful. It's better understood as a warm look at fighting for your dreams than as a heavy metal movie.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:26 PM on August 7, 2023 [1 favorite]

I've wanted to see this ever since seeing the poster for it at a local theater that tried (without much success and therefore for not very long) to do the Alamo Drafthouse thing locally. Someone that I know who did see it described it as "This Is Spinal Tap, but an actual real band."
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:52 AM on August 8, 2023 [1 favorite]

They're still touring
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:16 AM on August 8, 2023

I found it far more entertaining than I had imagined I would. Their dogged determination in the face of bad luck and lost chances is something to behold.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:55 AM on August 8, 2023 [1 favorite]

Yeah it is surprisingly sweet movie about a couple of hapless hosers from working class Southern Ontario trying their best at making metal.
posted by Ashwagandha at 6:20 AM on August 9, 2023

I've seen this movie (it's great), but how...HOW am I just figuring out that the drummer of this, the most Spinal Tap of all real-life bands, is named Robb Reiner.
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:16 AM on August 9, 2023 [3 favorites]

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