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I've just read J.R. Jones's review of the documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster [Section Two, April 2] and am shocked by Mr. Jones's reaction to the film, and more so by his presumption of what Metallica's fans will think of the film. Mr. Jones states that "Metallica has sold 90 million records, but I imagine that after this documentary comes out 89.5 million of them will end up in landfills." As a Metallica fan and owner of their entire album catalog, I can assure him that none of my copies will be ending up in a landfill after viewing Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's excellent film last Friday. Furthermore, I doubt that many, if any, of the 300-plus patrons at the theater who stood and gave the film and director Bruce Sinofsky a standing ovation felt that the band members were exposed as "self-absorbed idiots and--worst of all for their fans--hopeless wimps." In fact, I wonder if Mr. Jones even viewed the film before writing his scalding review, or if he simply relied on a preconceived notion of what he thought about this band, coupled with a brief synopsis of the film. Some Kind of Monster is a great film that goes deep behind the scenes and gains unprecedented access to the inner workings of a band in crisis, and tells the story of how three unique individuals found themselves, came back together, and bridged the gaps between them before going on to find the perfect replacement bass player, release a multiplatinum album, and tour sold-out stadiums in front of thousands of happy fans. I'm sorry Mr. Jones was unable to see this, but perhaps he was too busy looking for the "sound track of Memphis soul classics" that he seemed to enjoy so much in his review of the film Slasher. Unfortunately, he was apparently in the wrong theater at the time.

David Podemski

W. Oakdale

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