Our score: 3 out of 5 stars
Go backstage with the scariest band EVER, Ministry, in this latest rockumentary. I have followed Ministry music in the early-mid 90’s and they are definitely not your typical band, especially not during their live performance. If you are not aware of Ministry, they are responsible for taking the genre of industrial rock and bringing it mainstream. If you enjoy behind the scenes in the music films then this is for you for sure. This film had me enthralled by its events almost so that I could not turn away.
This movie follow Al Jourgensen, founder of Ministry and his struggles with drugs and touring. Besides interviews from Al Jourgensen and other members and ex-members of Ministry, this is packed with interviews from many notable bands like Trent Reznor (NIN), Maynard Keenan (Tool), Jonathan Davis (Korn), Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) and Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction). They all talk about how they have been inspired by Ministry’s music at some point.
The film includes some really personal and up close interviews from Ministry’s tours in the mid-90’s. This really delves into the dark side of his music and his life. I am a big fan of Korn and its lead singer Jonathan Davis was quoted saying the following about Al, “When I first met Al he freaked me the fuck out… I had to leave.” This movie is not for the faint of heart as it is quite intense but is overall an interesting trip into the mind of Al Jourgensen.
CHECK OUT THE UPCOMING RELEASE SCHEDULE FOR THIS FILM:
09/23-29 @ The Clinton St. Theater, Portland, OR
09/28 @ The Regent Theatre, Boston, MA
10/01 @ Movies On The Mountain, Frackville, PA
10/03 @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
10/13 @ Riverview Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
10/19 @ CMJ – Clearview Cinema, New York, NY
10/24-25 @ Alamo Drafthouse Westlake, San Antonio, TX
10/26 @ Uptown Nightclub, Oakland, CA
10/27 @ Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS
11/07 @ Alamo Draft House Ritz, Austin, TX
11/04-11/18 @ Alamo Draft House South Lamar, Austin, TX
11/11-11/12 @ Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA