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In the hands of a crueler filmmaker this video documentary about a hapless Minnesota metal band putting out their first CD after 15 years could have been a real-life This Is Spinal Tap, but instead Rolf Belgum crafts a compelling but unsentimental portrait of three guys uneasily negotiating middle age. At times Dan Cleveland, Sean Cassidy, and Jon Mortenson seem to have learned to integrate their love of music into their adult lives; other times they're the world's oldest adolescents, hanging out, avoiding responsibility, and blowing their spare cash on junk food. The title refers to Mortenson's obsession with one of the largest moths in the world, and the band's anticipation of the CD release often suggests the excitement of waiting for a cocoon to burst open. 75 min.

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