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First off, if you haven’t seen this yet, this is gonna contain spoilers. Second; I don’t know if that’ll necessarily ruin the movie for you, though.
So. I’ve been sitting on this movie for I don’t know how long, which is kinda weird because I was so hyped up to see it when I first heard about it and couldn’t wait to see it. Then, after a few folks I know that actually still go to a theater to see movies gave some quick review/reactions, I became a lot less interested. Now with everyone seeing the flick on DVD or streamed, I’ve been reminded that I needed to see it. So I did.
I’m sure, like most of you out there, we all thought that when a Banksy movie was being put out, it was gonna be about Banksy. The good news is obviously that the movie does have a ton of cool footage in it, with all sorts of street artists, and shows some street action that most folks would never have the opportunity to see without a film like this. And yes, we get to see Banksy in action, along with that Obey dude, Space Invader, Buffmonster, and a bunch of other wheatpasters and stencil freaks.
But, the movie is almost two movies in one. One part, is more of a sub-plot, which is the cool, documentary about the street art movement and it’s most prolific architects. The other, is a documentary about a dumbass (or insanely smart retard) who learns to exploit each of the people that learned to trust him, and then take advantage of the moronically fickle art world. The movie does an excellent job of bringin us viewers in to meet the ‘star’ of the movie slowly. By that I mean that Thierry Guetta is introduced as he was accepted by the artists back when they initially met him. There isn’t a negative picture painted about him. He’s basically a nut with a camera who befriended the artists and followed them around while filming. From there we’re gradually brought up to date, being shown the history up until the climax, which is the transformation of this random camera hobbyist into a full blown ‘artist’. The word artist is surrounded in apostrophe because Thierry Guetta isn’t really an artist. He’s the perfect example of what a real artist isn’t. We’re shown how Thierry burrows his way into the underground street art movement and learns the secrets from some of the heaviest hitters in the game. Then his evolution into participant and finally how he convinces himself (and others) that he’s an artist genius that deserves critical acclaim with a ‘better than Banksy’ solo show.
His story and this movie’s success is so awesome because it documents how retarded the art world really is. It exposes how ridiculous the art buyers are and how the price of artwork in no way reflects the quality of the piece. Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash (MBW) ends up being an art world success selling over a million dollars worth of art. His ‘art’ show draws crowds of thousands and runs for over two months. All the while, Mr. Brainwash is really just a project manager (at best), who has learned from others’ success, how to market* to the masses. *actually this is mostly done for him by a paid group of promoters.
So…the movie is both cool and frustrating. Seeing this dude rocket into riches overnight can only be met with laughter (angry jealous laughter…hehehe). For the real artists of the world that put in work and steer clear of manufacturing themselves, it’s a reminder that it’s not about talent, it’s about who you know. On the cool side; it was great to see the industry exposed, while also documenting so much of the street art movements’ foundation. Oscar worthy? I wouldn’t know. The Oscar’s aren’t something I’ve paid any attention to since I was able to be the one in charge of the remote.
Are you one of those folks that loves eating psychedelics while watching movies that make sober people trip? Then this might just be the ultimate trip-fest for you. Directed by Gaspar Noe, this movie is definitely trippy, to say the least. If you can make it past the intro credits without fast-forwarding, you might just love the rest of this two and a half hour epic. I personally had to skip the credits since they were/are, by far, the worst, most annoying credit sequence I’ve ever experienced. I’m not sure what the point was, besides possibly attempting to ensure any individuals susceptible to seizure realize that the movie is not for them. Speaking of flashing screens that induce seizure in some folks; there are several times throughout the movie that are potentially hazardous. To me, they were just annoying and had to be fast forwarded through. Ok, beyond the flashing screens and the need for a fast forward button, what about the rest of the movie? I’ll say this: it is unique. I’d say that the best thing this movie offers is a very cool visual experience, mostly in the first 20 minutes. Some of the visual candy that is shown is so radical, that I wish I had a HD clip of just those visuals to keep.
The movie is about drugs…so there’s plenty of drug talk (E, DMT, Acid, etc.) and it’s got that “you are on drugs” but you’re not look and feel to it. Possibly so much so, that I’d never recommend anything strong while watching it. I think it’d give any sane person a bad trip…or possibly make them jump out of a window. Besides the drugs there are plenty of extended, unnecessary violent/gory scenes, and a massive helping of disturbingly awkward sex scenes that pull no punches and leave you feeling asexual. Sounds dope, right?
The movie has good reviews and has a high IMDB rating (7.3), but I can’t say I understand why. It’s my guess that the good reviews and high ratings are from folks that are super into the drug culture, love strange shit, are generally weird, or are art house nerds. I know, brutal stereotyping there, but if you decide to ‘take the trip’ you’ll understand why I’m saying it. This is one of those flicks that gains notoriety through word of mouth due to the ‘extremeness’ of it. Kind of like Gummo, Spanking The Monkey, or Requiem For A Dream. None of which were good movies, in my opinion, but it seemed all of them recieved a lot of ‘you gotta see it, dude’ reviews.
My advice: If you’re compelled to watch this, watch the first half hour…then turn it off. It only goes downhill from there.
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From what I know, this movie wasn’t part of a huge advertising mega-campaign. I really didn’t hear anything about it, and when I asked my buddy at work, he said he had heard exactly ‘jack’ and ‘shit’ about it as well. So, I’m just writing to give folks a heads up on this movie that is definitely good enough to deserve the attention. Beneath Hill 60 takes place during World War I and focuses on a group of Australian miners that joined the war effort to dig tunnels beneath the battlefields of Europe. If you are claustrophobic, this movie will most likely have you gulping for air. The craziest thing about the movie? It’s based on true events.
As is the case with most, if not all war movies (besides maybe Stripes), the movie is definitely a tear-jerker. There’s plenty of emotion in the movie and the cast does an excellent job keeping the viewer in the moment. Overall, a very good war movie, while the subject matter gives it enough twist on the normal to make it stand out.
*My home theater got a massive workout with this movie. The movie’s soundtrack goes from periods of dead silence to massive explosions and back again. Very cool.
Good ole Banksy was invited to add his particularly neato sense of style to this intro of The Simpsons. Peep game:
I’ve always found it particularly awesome that so many Fox shows have taken shots at their parent company, while airing on the parent company’s channels. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure this started with Married With Children, and has since been adopted by quite a few. I’d say the masters of this has got to be The Simpsons. Nice to see them give Banksy the chance to storyboard and script his own version.
I’m not sure how much publicity or advertising this movie got, but I only heard that it was made/released when it came out on Blu-Ray. I sat down to watch this, with meager expectations, due to the less than stellar previous releases in the Alien Vs Predator (AVP) series. This movie is actually more of a part 3 to the original Predator (1987) and Predator 2 (1990) films.
In my opinion, this movies was super fun to watch. I think it was cool on the action, the acting was solid enough to keep me interested, and the plot was an interesting twist on the first two. This is definitely the movie that fans of the original movies were looking for.
If you dug either of the first versions, I’d definitely recommend sitting down to this one. Overall a fun action/sci-fi to experience.
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