Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Ok so I finally got around and watched Exit Through the Gift Shop.  Saw it on a lot of Top 10 lists.  First off I know pretty much nothing about the street art scene and any of the artists. I unfortunately live in a small town in Illinois that is surrounded by cornfields.  I do not live anywhere  near Chicago or any other major city.  So every artist that is talked about in the movie this is the first time I have ever heard of said artist.  I knew the basic premise of the documentary and that was pretty much it.  The documentary is extremely informative and takes you into a world of artists that few understand.  I am sure people that live in cities like Los Angeles, New York City, London, Paris see the art displayed on buildings and various objects on a daily basis.  You see this art but you don't see who placed it on the building or street light or what ever object it is on.  After watching the movie I was left thinking it is all bullshit and a big hoax.  According to the director Banksy it is 100% true.  Well maybe so but I still have my doubts maybe that is just part of Banksy's mind fuck.

Well the basics to the story is Thierry Guetta a french man that is living in LA is addicted to his video camera.  He loves to document everything on the camera.  He meets up with graffiti artist Space Invader and documents everything he does with his graffiti art.  It is a spiral effect as he meets more and more graffiti artist and follows along with them while they are working on their art.  He meets up with the infamous Shepard Fairey.  He travels around the world with Shepard filming everything.  Then he hears about an artist by the name of Banksy.  Thierry is hellbent on meeting Banksy.  Unfortunately Banksy is like a ghost and is very hard to track down.  Only few people know him and it is tight circle of friends.  Well due to Thierry's friendship with Shepard Fairey he finally gets to meet Banksy.  He does slowly earn the trust of Banksy and is allowed to film him at work on his art.  Banksy is extremely secretive as you never see his face or hear his real voice in the film. Well by this point Thierry has boxes and boxes of tapes that he says is going to be the documentary on graffiti art. Banksy finally puts the pressure on him about making this documentary.  Thierry gets to work on the documentary and it utter and total shit.  Banksy is the first to screen it and was not impressed with what he saw.  So Banksy takes the tapes and tells Thierry to go and create his graffiti art that he has been doing on the side.  Thierry creates a name Mr. Brainwash (MBW) that he uses on his graffiti art.  What Banksy doesn't realise is that now he has created a monster with MBW.  While Banksy is putting together the documentary MBW is making quite the name for him self in Los Angeles.  MBW sees dollar signs with graffiti art and not the art itself.  MBW is putting together a gallery show and gets Shepard Fairey and Banksy to recommend him to the media.  Well MBW gets what he is after, exposure fame and fortune.

Honestly the story is very in depth and you see what a cluster fuck Thierry is.  He has documented so much on the graffiti art scene he could probably make multiple documentaries.  There is a scene where you see all the boxes of tapes and it is amazing how much footage he has collected.  To bad he is an idiot and not a true filmmaker we could see a whole 10 part documentary on the Discovery Channel and the BBC.  It really left me thinking still if it is all bullshit.  The commentary by Rhys Ifans is great and Banksy is smart and witty and is funny as hell.  Watch and make the judgement for yourself.

Friday, April 1, 2011

My Movie Alphabet

Seen everyone making a movie alphabet so I figured I would go ahead and try one.  I was given the idea of doing a horror based list. Well this will be horror, thriller, giallo based.  Hope you enjoy.

A is for Arachnophobia

B is for Blood and Black Lace

C is for The Crazies (2010)

D is for Deep Red

E is for Enter the Void

F is for  Funny Games

G is for The Girl Next Door

H is for The Human Centipede

I is for Ichi the Killer

J is for Jennifer's Body

K is for Kill Bill Vol 1

L is for Let the Right One In

M is for Martyrs

N is for New York Ripper

O is for The Omen

P is for Poltergeist

Q is for Quarantine

R is for Rubber

S is for A Serbian Film

T is for Tenebre

U is for Underworld

V is for The Village

W is for Watchmen

X is for X-Files

Y is for Young Frankenstein

Z is for Zombie Strippers

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Seven Days (2010)

There aren't to many movies that surprise or shock me anymore.  I had a great time sitting and watching this movie. It is more than your average torture horror movie.  It has a typical story of revenge but there is much more to the movie than just guts and gore.  I have heard some different views on the movie and being brutal and sadistic.  It does have a little bit of originality to the scenes of torture.  Was it a tough watch for me? No. I really got engaged into the movie and the character development.  You really see the main character spiral into the depths of hell.  Honestly to sum it up A dad seeks revenge on man that murders and rapes his daughter.  Really is a powerful movie that will bring you into the insanity.  Type of movie that covers all types of emotion with the main character and the victim.  I would say watch it if you enjoy engaging and well constructed torture horror movie. 7/10

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tooth Fairy (2010)

"Do you smelllll what The Rock is cooking".  Yes I do actually and it was this terrible movie. If The Rock is cooking anything it smells like burnt sugar that someone farted on.  My wife turned this on because was on one of the premium movie channels.(Think goodness I didn't pay to watch this movie or waste a Netflix delivery). Dwayne Johnson stars as Derek Thompson Tooth Fairy.  He is minor league hockey player and is just a plain ole asshole.  He is forced to become a Tooth Fairy for one week.  Blah blah blah. It is a typical "learn the error of your ways" style of family movie.  I really hope Dwayne lost a bet on playing this role.  It also stars Ashley Judd as his girlfriend Carly. Julie Andrews also stars as Lily the head Tooth Fairy.  The part with Seth MacFarlane as Ziggy is probably the best scene in the whole movie.  Really don't waste your time on this movie unless you want to see The Rock in pink spandex.  I am not a huge fan of Dwayne but I would rather be watching him kicking someones ass and blowing shit up. 3/10

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Exam (2009)

A movie that is based in one room with 10 characters.  Wow doesn't sound like much of a movie.  I was pleasantly surprised by Exam.  Really a great movie with great characters and dialogue.  It is smart well written and keeps you guessing the whole time. I caught a trailer of the movie on The Human Centipede I think and was very intrigued by the movie.  And that we finally have it available in the US and on Netflix Watch Instantly it was one that I was going to make time to watch.

The movie is directed by Stuart Hazeldine and tells a story of 8 highly qualified candidates to join a secretive and powerful company.  They are sat in a room with no windows and are told by the Invigilator (Colin Salmon) to answer one question and have 80 minutes to answer the question.  They are told 3 rules that they must obey or be disqualified, don't speak to him or the guard in the room, don't soil their paper and they can't leave the room. Once the test begins they all turn over their papers to find them blank on the other side.  They all seemed confused as there is no visible question. One of the candidates starts writing on her paper and is quickly kicked out of the room.  Once the candidates realize that they can speak to each other they start to try and figure out what  is the question and what is the answer.  Then they start to discover its not what the Invigilator said it is what he didn't say.

It is not a fast paced thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat.  It is a slow burn that slowly starts to unravel at a steady pace.  The acting was superb in my opinion.  The characters start to reveal their true personalities as the movie goes along.  So the character development really kept me into the movie. I can say I really did enjoy the movie.  I gave it  7/10.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Top Ten Movies I have watched in 2010

Here it is folks my Top 10 movies I watched in 2010.  Now there are some movies on the list that that did not release in 2010.  These are the movies that I watched in 2010.  I don't have the luxury to go to the theater very much so there are some movies that did not make the list cause A. they are not on DVD yet or B. They didn't release anywhere around me. These are all discussed on Average Dudes Movie Review Podcast with my awesome co host  @dudefozz  Marc Foster.  So please listen to the show and hope you enjoy my Top 10 list.

10. Jackass 3D (2010)

9. Easy A

8. Antichrist (2009)

7. Shutter Island (2010)

6. Kick Ass (2010)

5. A Serbian Film (2010)

4. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

3. The Town (2010)

2. Toy Story 3 (2010)

1. Inception (2010)