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When: Sat., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. 2011

In Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch, the new documentary about Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister, directors Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski break up the talking-head interviews (as if we need alumni of the sleazy 80s Sunset Strip like Nikki Sixx and Dave Navarro to vouch for the man's cool) with a couple disarmingly unguarded scenes between the title character and his grown son Paul Inder. Inder is lucky Lemmy likes him, because Lemmy only likes so many things on this planet—a short list that includes Jack and Cokes, touchscreen video games in bars, and, um, collecting Nazi memorabilia. In his music, Lemmy focuses on a similarly small range of priorities: fastness, loudness, bad-assedness, and, well, not much else. There are moments in Motorhead's discography, including their latest album, The World Is Yours (UDR), where you might find yourself a little blown away by a melodic turn or a brilliant bit of phrasing. But the real lesson of the trio's oeuvre is about doing one simple thing perfectly, and then doing it again and again and again until it kills you. —Miles Raymer

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