Trailer Watch: Heavy Metal in Baghdad, RocknRolla

From the film’s official site:

Heavy Metal in Baghdad is a feature film documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been a difficult (if not impossible) proposition but after Saddam’s regime was toppled, there was a brief moment for the band in which real freedom seemed possible. That hope was quickly dashed as their country fell into a bloody insurgency. From 2003-2006, Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive, always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die. Their story echoes the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis.

Heavy Metal in Baghdad is rocking Tampa right now and will hit the Rocklahoma Music Festival (in St. Pryor, Oklahoma) on July 9th, but it is available now on DVD. I haven’t seen it, but the subject matter looks interesting enough and obviously the political backdrop should be eye-opening.

Also, Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla has a trailer up at Empire Online — and the big surprise is, it actually looks pretty fun, even if the story looks like a big mess (something about the mob… big shock there, right?). The thing is, Revolver was such a huge piece of shit, that I’m gonna need to see some good reviews before I get lured into another one of his movies. RocknRolla stars Gerard Butler (300), Thandie Newton, Ludacris, Jeremy Piven, Idris Elba, and Tom Wilkinson. The film opens on Halloween.

Posted on June 25, 2008 at 07:15 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Caolan
    on 2008-06-25 at 22:23
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    Finally! Some proof that Ritchie’s been working on RocknRolla! I doubt it’ll be the next “Lock, Stock…”, but at this point just about anything is gonna be better than Revolver.
    I know people give him crap for doing nothing but Mob movies, but the fact is, they’re really good, fun movies. I’ve never seen anymore with more colorful and entertaining characters than the ones in Snatch. I have high hopes that he’s finally over his Madonna-induced slump and ready to give us something worth watching again.

  2. Written by Nathan
    on 2008-06-26 at 00:02
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    It’s good to hear that Acrassicauda are getting attention beyond the documentary and indie circuit. I think SPIN had an in-depth look at them, when they first started out in their van.

    The swords of Baghdad are trademark symbols of power – kinda of an odd juxtaposition to see them and a metal band in the same trailer. Reminded me of Pride of Baghdad, too.

  3. Written by Darryl
    on 2008-06-26 at 12:48
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    If you like metal documentaries you should see Global Metal. It is kind of a sequel to Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.

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