I just like good songs. Metallica could put out an all-"Mama said"-type-songs record, and I'd be fine with it, if the songwriting was good. I may be a pisser/moaner, but it's not because I demand they sound like they did in 1982... It's because I think the songs, objectively, are... you know.
But I'll give them this: "No leaf clover" was a great song.
Didn't mind the SKOM movie - it's pure guesswork since I don't know how serious Hetfield's drinking was at the time, but an occasional bender, does that require rehab? He went on a 200-day bender in 1989 called "the Justice tour"!
I think the movie was a study in what happens when you're very rich and run into problems - a lot of very expensive services offered (rehab, in-house counsellor, and so on), or even pushed. And, of course, if you're making people money, those people will shell out for fear of losing their investment.
He had issues he needed to deal with, for the band to go on. But - this is my impression - a lot of people took advantage and made a lot of money in the process.
Don't get me wrong - I see him in interviews, and he seems happier and healthier than ever. Which is great.
But what he needs now is a paid "no-man". Someone who could've told him, nope, nowhere near good enough. Or, in the words of Lars' dad, "I would erase that"
I'm no cork-sniffing Metallisnob. I just have this feeling that the combination of having their attentions elsewhere with kids and families, plus a lot of yes-men around, has not been good for their music.
Just my two cents.