I saw Anvil! The Story of Anvil the other day with my lady. I'm happy a film like this is out because it shows what being in a band is really all about. It's about playing to nobody, it's about traveling thousands of miles knowing that there might be NOBODY there to watch you play but you go. You hope that maybe there will be somebody there that will hear what is being said and somehow relate.
Anvil's story is really about people who haven't given up, even when it seems like nobody cares. I think this is the key to success. I had an art teacher a few semesters ago that taught me that. He said that it wasn't the greatest artist that will make it but the one that just can't give up.
Being in a band is not about being on TV, or the radio. That stuff comes in time. It's about driving, its about lifting your amp from the van to the stage and from the stage to the van, it's about spending money and not making any of it back, it's about high hopes and accepting let downs. Anvil is a documentary that shows us what being in a band is really about. It's about having a dream that you believe in and not letting anyone make you think different.
I tip my hat to anyone who is really trying something, to anyone who's going against the odds. Nothing that's worth doing will ever be easy and why should it be?
Let's show the world that they're wrong.
It's not a secret that Star Wars Episode 1 is not only a horrible Star Wars movie, it's just a horrible movie in general. Sitting through it is a task, it's so dense and filled with boring political plot points, bad acting and computer graphics. It feels more like an ILM portfolio showcasing CG techniques rather than a film.
I can remember as a kid watching it for the first time and leaving the theater confused. I thought maybe I wasn't watching as careful as I should have been? I dunno what it was but I felt like I missed something because, its Star Wars, isn't it supposed to be good? I thought, "Did I just black out for most of that movie? Was I daydreaming the whole time?" I begged my parents to take me again, so I could see what I surely missed but they wouldn't take me. I had to wait for it to come out on video when I finally realized that it wasn't just me, this shit really does just suck.