Available Quality: DivX
IMDB Rating: 5.8 out of 10 (65 votes)
Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rockheavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back.
ericdrumz (23 May 2013)
I'm hesitant to actually discuss this incredible film because of themany parallels to my own life. However, the music Bobby Liebling hascreated, and the relief to know that he's been so prolific, coupledwith the incredible ending, absolutely compelled me to at least putthese few thoughts down, so as to contribute my voice to the thousandsof fans who are so grateful not only for this film, but for Pentagram.Another amazing aspect of this story is the feeling one gets that thisband can very rightly claim that they were, are, and ever shall be theGreatest Rock Band Never To Have made It, and as such, will be almostsorry if they ever do, for fear that that magic, that music made on thevery edge of desperation, may be lost once Fame steps in and drops agiant deuce all over everything.
RopeofSand 1980 (21 May 2013)
Many musicians I've met over the years have proudly proclaimed "Musicis all I have man, it's all I know". But what happens when the yearspass by, the success is few and far between and the musician is reducedto a withered husk waxing nostalgia? After a while, that declarationbecomes a sad one, and it leaves said person in a questionable state.Last Days Here is an intense and unflinching look at the life of BobbyLiebling, lead singer for underground doom metal legends Pentagram. Formany this will feel familiar, either like an episode of the realityshow Intervention or along the lines of "from obscurity to greatness"rockumentaries, but there's something else to it. It's extremely raw.Last Days Here will inevitably draw comparisons to Anvil: The Story ofAnvil, but there are major differences. First and foremost, unlikeAnvil, Pentagram was actually a good band in their day. Anvil werelauded by some as being pioneers of thrash metal of sorts, but watchingthat film it became apparent that the reason they never made it big wassimply that they weren't very good, and that their music was far toocheesy and badly dated to be taken seriously. Bobby Liebling actuallyhad considerable songwriting skills and came very close to securing adeal with Columbia Records. I could easily see old Pentagram songs suchas "Forever My Queen" and "Wheel of Fortune" being played on classicrock radio stations alongside Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and DeepPurple. Second, while the people in Anvil were struggling, they werenot in the state that Liebling was. And third, The Story of Anvilturned out to be a rather dishonest film in terms of the continuityediting, whereas Last Days Here plays out from start to finish, and thestakes are much higher.After decades of drug abuse and failure, Bobby spends his daysconsuming crack, heroin and whatever else in his parent's basement inrural Maryland. He's an awful sight, looking just as ghastly as theghouls he sings about in his songs. His parents, though well meaning,are profoundly naive and gutless. He has no real friends left. But thenwe meet Sean "Pellet" Pelletier, a die hard music fan and employee ofthe highly respected record label, Relapse Records. Pellet is thesecondary protagonist of this story, a die hard fanboy who worshipsPentagram and wants to share their music with the world. He becomesBobby's manager, friend and number one supporter. For the duration ofthe film, Pellet does his best to wrangle Bobby into some kind ofproductivity of sorts, but it's an EXTREMELY bumpy ride.What makes this documentary compelling is the position the viewer isput in while watching Bobby. It's strange, because most of the time youdon't really feel sorry for him. He is his own worst enemy and is themain saboteur of Pentagram's success. He has burned countless bridges,destroyed many relationships, ruined promising opportunities of majorlabel deals and has ripped a lot of people off. There's no real backstory of childhood abuse or any personal tragedy to warrant hisself-destructive lifestyle and arrogant behavior. Indeed, if anythinghis family is too supportive of him and are enablers of his addiction.What makes you believe in Bobby is the fact that Pellet believes inhim. In many ways Last Days Here is about an unusual friendship betweenmusician and fan rather than a narrative of a rocker's resurrection.Things get more intriguing when Bobby has a romance with a veryattractive 20 something music fan named Hallie. It presents both a boonto his existence and a challenge to Pellet's efforts to get him on theright track.As a Washington DC native, I had never heard of bands like Pentagram orthe Obsessed growing up. To me DC was all about hardcore punk and GoGo. But today, people of all ages are hungry again for solid heavyrock, and a lot of obscure bands are finally seeing their dues. Bobbymay have been a jerk and junkie for most of his life but his art doesstand on its own and redemption appears possible. Last Days Here isoften not easy to watch, but it has its rewards.
s_albert (20 May 2013)
This is the sad story of Bobby Liebling, strung out on every narcoticyou can think of, a mere shadow of the stage-commanding metal god weall remember him as, reduced to the heart-tugging confines of hisparents' basement.This is very much like the film, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, showing usthe harsh realities befallen to some bands, despite their moments inthe sun, and their God-given resiliency to forge on and keep the musicalive.Next to death for seemingly the majority of his life, Bobby somehowmanages to conquer his demons, find love, and revive his musical careerin a heart-warming culmination of survival, spurred by an amazingassortment of friends and family.The metal lives, and Bobby, you're helping to lead the way.
peterpants66 (18 May 2013)
Bobby Liebling is the singer of an unfairly forgotten stoner metal bandfrom the seventies that bottomed out and ended up living in his parentsSUB-basement where he pursued a crack pipe more then a microphone. Pastband members are interviewed, along with his parents and die hardmanager Sean Pelletier, who seems to be the only thing keeping Lieblingalive. He's on so much drugs he thinks he's rotting, has disfiguredarms and comes off like the Grimm Reaper. At one point he's showing hisscars to his manager, he unwraps his arms looking a bit like Mumm-raand they look downright Disgusting. This guy looks like if he fell downthe stairs, every bone in his body would break, but guess what HE CANSING LIKE THE DICKENS! Which he did for many years fronting hardrockers Pentagram. The band seems to unravel around every forward stepthey make towards stardom, largely because of Liebling, and you getthis feeling halfway through that it's a sad, sad story. After goingthrough a slight detox mega rocker Phil Anselmo shows interest inputting money up for a new Pentagram album...That is if Bobby can stayclean, yeah right. He relapses, meets a beautiful young woman thatcompletely turns his life around, showing once again that if you wantto make a 180 in life, GET LAID. He seems to be doing well, he startsto look better, i'm not going to spoil the end for you but it's anamazing twist of fate. This is a guy that has hit rock bottom (no punintended) dealt with several drug rehabilitations, come close to deathso many times, but he makes it! People, if your passionate about eitherfinding someone to love or playing some rock n'roll it can happen, thisguy is Proof. This is one story in the book of many bands who have beenforgotten about, only to be rediscovered. Truly an amazing flick, gosee it right now!
amandafilmonkey (18 May 2013)
10 is a high rating, I know. It's worthy not only because this film issimply a great documentary film, but a great film in general withstand- out, staying potential. Albeit, if only at a cult level. It'sabsolutely possible that in the near future this film will be used as atool at drug rehabilitation centers, music business schools,inspiration seminars and pot parties alike. The people close to theband and drawn to it's music that appear in the film have aninteresting charm but not close to it's two main subject's, thecartoon-ish, scary, lovable Bobby Liebling and the equal knock out ofthe piece, passionate manager, Sean "Pellet" Pelletier. It's fittingthe majority of the film is set in Pellet's native Philadelphia as heemits the true blue, battered, underdog ethic of the city's mostbeloved, fictitious native, Rocky Balboa. In this regard, so does it'smain character , Liebling who's demons affect both men in differentways. There is also more at stake here than a music career, it's lifeitself for one. It's the career of another. And all of this mind you,stemming from the essential, newly uncovered, proto-heavy metal songsLiebling wrote between '70 and '74. It's a surprising, sincereportrayal of faith and friendship that lurks below the dusty covers ofhard rock, hard love and hard drugs. It's brutally honest but managesto soften the blow by delivering the story mainly through the endearingeyes of Pelletier. The film makers manage you get the viewer inside theman's heart which creates your own desire to see Liebling conquer hisdemons. I'm not saying you won't cringe at times, it's an essentialingredient when having to express the magnitude of certain essentialfactors in the film. Whether they be positive or negative in nature,they're strong and must be visibly displayed as such. I loved this filmbecause it's a testament that true love empowers and prevails even inthe most unsuspecting places. Here, it's displayed by the relationshipsa rusty metal God has with a caring fan as well as with a beautiful,wide-eyed, naive, sincere stranger. The appearance of Liebling'sparents is another treat. Charming and truthful, they explain thebrilliance that led to both the successes and downfalls of a rock iconthat was never uncovered. At least not until Pelletier hunted him downand handed him a deal to release some of his old songs. It's a story ofrecovery of lost music and of lost life. This recovery came from ad.i.y ethic delivered within the characters in the film as well as fromdirector's Don Argott and Demian Fenton. Heavy Metal musician'sthemselves, the story has an essence of empathy and sincerity not oftenfelt in documentaries this blunt and with stakes this dire. Oh, andthen there is the music...classy, hard rock delivered with the mystiqueof a Hammer Horror film. If the thought of heavy metal makes youcringe, do not worry. The band's songs that are strewn through out aresubtle and work well to energize the piece. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
vibrationsofdoom (16 May 2013)
Folks, I have been in the music business for 20 years now, and up until4 or 5 albums back, I had no idea who Pentagram was. I had always heardthe name, but never heard the music; however when I finally did, I wasblown away. An American doom metal band that had been around as long asBlack Sabbath, IE The U.S.'s oldest and longest running doom metalband... I remember the "First Days Here" compilation CD on Relapse, andI ALSO remember "Pellet" as he was affectionately known, handing me CDcopies of their stuff and helping me do a phone interview with BobbyLiebling. I've interviewed him not once but TWICE, and of course hadtears in my eyes when Pentagram FINALLY played a show down here inAtlanta being ever the mysterious and kick ass front man he's alwaysbeen.It was nice to finally connect a face to the publicist I had dealtwith; many times the record label personnel I deal with I never get tomeet. Pellet is obviously VERY driven and passionate about his subject,a fact that has driven me to do what I do for 20 years now. It's alwaysamazing to me to see someone that seems to have a magnetic aura aboutthem that draws people in. Sometimes you wonder if the lyrics inBobby's songs reveal self-fulfilling prophecies, as there are MANYsetbacks, disasters and near-death calls for Bobby. The sheer fact thathe survived the amount of drugs that would kill TWENTY men half his ageis proof positive that this life was DESTINED to be noticed. Thesettings were very endearing and this isn't some pompous, egotisticalrock god (although his earlier band mates have different views onLiebling), and it's very touching to see his thanks and praise for thehelp he received throughout life. Some would say that if not for Pellethe might no longer be here, which would be an even BIGGER tragedy...Especially with all the metal legends who have passed away recently...(SPOILER ALERT): You KNOW the man has done great things in music wheneven Phil Anselmo from Pantera, who obviously has sold more records andmade more money than Bobby's ever SEEN, gives him extremely highpraise. (*END ALERT*) Okay, that may not be a HUGE spoiler, but then again, it is great tosee a man who wrote SO many amazing songs finally get his due. And Imean in the early 70's there was this sinister vibe to his heavy, HEAVYmusic, the man was ahead of his time. And when I first read Bobby'slyrics, I was sure this guy was from Europe, mainly by the way hewrote. Folks, get to know this man and then go out and buy EVERYPentagram album you can find. He's loved, lost and bounced back, a truetestament to the fact that oftentimes when you have hit rock bottom, ifyou're open and willing, there WILL be help to get you back up...
jmj3-455-190240 (16 May 2013)
I often watch previews on I-tunes and when I saw this one and heard theopening chords of forever my queen I just knew I had to find out more.I got seriously hooked on the music and have replayed the album firstdaze here over and over ever since. I finally got to see the movie andit didn't disappoint. It's a real bummer these guys didn't make it butthe story of Bobby Liebling is pretty incredible. I wish I couldpersonally thank Pellet for having the patience and heart to see thisthrough. I think he saved Bobby's life through sheer persistence. Ifyou don't see the movie go get some of the music. it's some of the bestmetal i've ever heard from that era and it deserves to be mentionedalong with the other gods of rock. everything is all wrapped up. nothing more to be said oh no.
Review total: 7, showing from 1 to 7