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My Brush with Greatness....or maybe Stupidity...


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Went to the E Street Cinemas yesterday around 4:30ish, to buy a ticket for a 6:45 show of "Lemon Tree", which turned out to be an excellent little indy Israeli (or maybe Palestinian or maybe neither) film. This is the same theater complex where I saw the even-more-excellent "Anvil - The Story of Anvil" as a sneak preview last week...the true story of the Canadian heavy metal band that's been around for over 30 years with very limited success. A much better film than anything done on the Stones, U2, Wilco, etc., or any other recent rock & roll-oriented flick.

Anyhow....I get to the theater, and there, standing in front of the theater complex, are the guitarist/singer (Lips) and drummer (Rob) of Anvil with a U-Haul van! WTF??? I went up to them and started raving about their film. Turns out another sneak preview was showing last night (9:45 pm), followed by the band doing a short live set. "Dude! You gotta see us live tonight!" I pointed to the SOLD OUT sign over the Theater #4, 9:45 show on the box office marquee inside. "Screw that, we'll get you in if we have to!"

To make a long story short, I saw the film a 2nd time, followed by a 20 minute live set in front of about 200 of us. Truthfully, I don't care much for their brand of heavy metal music, but 2 very, very nice guys! (Unfortunately, the two, especially Lips, don't come out as exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer in the movie....but they are sincere about their music, and I hope the movie turns around their career!) They say they've gotten non-stop raves about the film so far...it may be the best (and most realistic and funny) R&R-oriented movie in ages...

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