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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What You'd Expect from Lemmy, but No Surprises
'Icon, noun: a very famous person or thing considered as representing a set of beliefs or a way of life.'

The dictionary definition above perfectly describes Lemmy. His single-minded tenacity in pursuit of the Motörhead cause has led to him becoming, rightfully, a heavy-metal icon. The only other rock stars who rival him as icons are dead ones. And they...
Published on 30 Jan 2011 by HeavyMetalMonty

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3.0 out of 5 stars Like and not like at the same time.
I have been a Motorhead fan for 30+ years having first been hooked by 'No Sleep Til Hammersmith' shortly after it's release. I watched this movie with mixed emotions. I thouroughly enjoyed interviews with Lemmy and the other musicians, the live sequences etc. But the whole way through the film I was wondering about the flip side of his life - the Ian Kiliminster, rural...
Published on 13 Feb 2012 by Amazon Customer


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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What You'd Expect from Lemmy, but No Surprises, 30 Jan 2011
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HeavyMetalMonty (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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'Icon, noun: a very famous person or thing considered as representing a set of beliefs or a way of life.'

The dictionary definition above perfectly describes Lemmy. His single-minded tenacity in pursuit of the Motörhead cause has led to him becoming, rightfully, a heavy-metal icon. The only other rock stars who rival him as icons are dead ones. And they cheated. Lemmy, on the other hand, earned his iconic status the hard way: by living and staying true to himself at all times. He is a walking, talking, drinking, pill-swallowing, smoking, war-obsessed, bass-rumbling, gravel-throated monster. So that's Lemmy the man...what about Lemmy the movie?

I hoped this documentary would offer fresh insights into Lemmy the human being, perhaps exploring his softer side and showing facets of his personality that haven't been publicised. (What do you mean he doesn't have a soft side? We all have one...in some people, though, it's deeper down and better hidden.) Rush's 'Beyond the Lighted Stage' and Anvil's 'The Story of Anvil' are spellbinding due to the undiluted emotion they capture, which allows viewers to connect with the artists on a deeply emotional level. With Lemmy, however, displays of emotion don't happen. Some moments in the film approach poignancy, such as when Lem talks about finding the only woman he ever truly loved dead in a bathtub, the victim of a heroin overdose. He dishes out sage advice not to do heroin, but the viewer can sense that there are undercurrents of emotion beneath Lem's heavy-metal-robot shell. If I were the film-maker, I'd have explored that avenue more. During scenes where Lemmy and his son are together the awkwardness is palpable, as if neither father nor son is fully comfortable around the other. I felt uncomfortable watching some of these interplays, and found myself wishing they'd give each other a hug as an expression of love. There is one genuinely touching moment involving father and son, but I won't disclose it in this review, as that would ruin the surprise for those who haven't yet watched the movie. Better to experience it for yourself.

We see Lemmy's apartment, his enormous collection of war paraphernalia, his favourite haunt (The Rainbow in LA), his routine, and meet several other big-name metal musicians (Dave Grohl, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Scott Ian, to name a few) who have been influenced by Mr Kilmister. The inventor of space rock, Hawkwind's Dave Brock (a surprisingly lucid man, considering the amount of psychedelic and hallucinatory drugs he has ingested), discusses Lemmy's time in Hawkwind and the reasons for their parting of ways. This isn't new information to seasoned Motörheadbangers, but the camera likes both Brock and Lemmy, and it's entertaining to hear these legendary stories straight from the horses' mouths.

The bottom line is that Lemmy - even though he doesn't bare the deepest, darkest parts of his soul - is magnetically watchable. The man, the facial hair, the boots, the tight-black-jeaned swagger, the perpetual cigarette, the Jack 'n' Coke, the Rickenbacker bass and, of course, that growl. If you're a longtime fan of Lem and his music you won't learn anything new watching this film. You won't see any gushed outpourings of emotion and tears. You will, however, be entertained.

As a footnote, I've been a Motörhead fan since I was in primary school. I own all their albums, have seen them live countless times, and was lucky enough to meet Lemmy backstage at Glasgow Barrowlands after a gig. He was a consummate gentleman, and I came to understand why people - even critics - generally have nothing bad to say about the man. What you see is what you get. There's no contrived rock 'n' roll debauchery. While he may keep his rawest emotions hidden behind a protective shell, Lemmy is friendly, honest, and walks it like he talks it. In short, he's one of the good guys.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 5 Hours of Lemmy For Your Money!, 25 Jan 2011
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Alan Burridge (Poole,, Dorset. United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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After taking 3 years filming for this, it must have been one hell of a job even editing it down to the just over 2 hours you have here.
It's excellent, and if you're a Lemmy fan, or just a casual rock fan who wants to know more about him, then this is the perfect DVD to get.
And knowing they couldn't cram in everything they wanted to, this edition has a bonus DVD with over 3 hours of extras, which are as good as the movie itself.
Top Notch!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars orgasmatron legend, 3 Feb 2011
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Delightful movie . Motorhead have always been special to metal fans from my era and still to this day have a cool factor . But Lemmy as a person epitomises everything that rock fans wanna be . The film gives eeeemmm a beautiful perspective on who Lemmy is as a person and lets face it we're running out of heroes so god speed dude . Also would like too say the new Motorhead album is outstanding so onwards and upwards to Lemmy and ooohhh yyyyeeeaaahh Motorhead .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary, 30 Nov 2012
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A good biography, nothing like Metal Hammer plastic stuff. Couldn't help watching it all over again when the movie ended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmy, 7 Sep 2012
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Excellent movie about a musical treasure do yourself a favour and watch this so many good features and Metallica,Dave Grohl And Dave Brock . No motorhead home should be without one a recipe for living life to the full.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmy - The one and only, 6 Dec 2011
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Highly recommended. If you have not seen this film or heard of Motorhead or Lemmy then you must watch this film. If you have any preconceptions of Lemmy, then watch this film and you will change them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING LOUDER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE ALWAYS AND FOREVER., 22 Feb 2011
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Mr. M. A. Reed (Argleton, GB) - See all my reviews
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Distance from your heroes can sometimes be a good thing. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Here, in "Lemmy" we have a film so utterly genius that it is both staggering no one has made this before, and that it has been made. Lemmy as is, the practically indestructable : come the apocalypse, all that will survive are cockroaches, Lemmy, and that statue of Rocky. As a film, this is a strange and unfocused glimpse into the life of a man who has defied expectations, invention, and society to be an unusual, individual rock warrior. Whereas William Burroughs took offence at being described as an "outlaw", that is wilfully outside the law, Lemmy is more of a law to himself. He clearly has a moral code and a fierce work ethic. This two hour journey covers almost all the known lexicon of Lemmy's life - the music, the women, the Nazi artifacts - in no short detail, showing lovingly the inner narrative of his world and his music. The exterior, a hard, beer-swilling, woman-loving, road-bitten, bass-playing rock god, is a manmountain where legend meets legacy and creates something else altogether more than any particular cliche to a portrait of a rounded, complete entity.As a film it is utterly watchable and a fascinating, compelling insight behind the curtain.

Extras : Disc 2 is crammed with over three hours of extra Lemmyness. There's half an hour of Metallica/Lemmy performing and rehearsing in Nashville in 2009 (and 1995), as well as several live songs, extended interviews, and curious insights into the Lemmy Superfans (clocking upwards of 100+ gigs each) and the Motorhead Road Crew performing Motorhead's We Are The Road Crew. For any fan of the filmed portrait of a person, the genre, or the curious, this is recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmy The Movie, 16 Feb 2012
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Great movie, not only for fans, but a film for those unfamiliar with Motorhead, too! The DVD has arrived intact and without problems in a few days! Thanks Amazon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best, 31 Jan 2011
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An insight into the man who's very name encapsulates "rock and roll". Funny, inspirational and sometimes moving this is one dvd that doesn't disappoint.
Mr Kilmister sir...........I salute you the world would be a much duller place without you
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film and subject, 29 Jan 2011
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Brilliant and inspiring film about someone who has done it his way. Has been compared with the Anvil and Metallica films but quite different as those both caught the bands through a period of self doubt and reinvention. Lemmy has never been through that, he just ploughs his own furrow, appears totally commited and comfortable with himself. But what is less expected is his generosity toward his friends and fans and the respect from his fellow musicians. Also what is also often forgotten is what a great bass player he is which is highlighted jamming with Mettalica and also with some excellent live footage of Motorhead. Many musicians are only properly appreciated when they are dead, if this is the case he should already be imortalised but is still standing tall. A Motorhead fan summed him up best in the film with the quote "if a nuclear bomb drops, only Lemmy and cockroaches will remain"
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