Exit Through The Gift Shop - Banksy

Saturday, February 26, 2011

With Oscar night rapidly approaching, I wanted to see Exit Through The Gift Shop beforehand. I've been wanting to see it since it was first released in theaters but I wasn't able to since I became really busy. I took some time this weekend to see it through Netflix, and I absolutely loved it.

I visited the Mr. Brainwash exhibit in New York last April, which I also posted about. I had no idea the man behind it was Thierry Guetta, who seems a bit peculiar & a bit of a joke. He stumbled upon art through filming. Not your typical filmmaker, he just filmed everything & anything in his life and started to film street artists, starting with his cousin. Through his escapades, he met London based artist, Banksy, who I think is the true talent in graffiti and art. (He even makes a better director with this witty Oscar-nominated documentary).

Thierry Guetta attempts making a film about street art which ends up horribly done, and therefore taken over by Banksy himself.

The film leaves you wondering really what is art? This man, Mr. Brainwash (MBW), got his fame through his more talented artist friends who reluctantly helped him promote his first art show - which led to press and a big following. He started as a strange man with an obsession to film everything, and became "an artist". Some may just call him a hoax. He hired others to build sculptures & installations and he did other art with techniques he's learned from the artists he followed. It's unknown what is his signature style. (Although, I am somewhat curious what is at his art show currently going on NY - which I may stop by sometime this week.)

Anyway, the film proves the point that anyone can create art, but not everyone should.

I definitely recommend this charming movie. It gives you insight to behind the scenes of the street art world, and the making of Mr. Brainwash.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Who else will be watching the Oscar's? :)
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Jennifer Fabulous said...

Ooooh I saw this documentary a few days ago as well. I loved it! I really hope it wins the Oscar b/c I'm super curious to see who (or what, lol) is going to show up to recieve it!

That's awesome you got to see Mr. Brainwash's exhibit! I would love to see Banksy's some day, if he has another...

PS. Speculation online is that Banksy and Mr. B are the same person, and the whole doc is a hoax. What do you think? ;)

the desert foxx said...

amazing! i love banksy

Couture Carrie said...

Must see this film!

Can't wait for the Oscars!


Grace said...

I've been wanting to see this for seemingly forever! It sounds really interesting.

Josie said...
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Josie said...

This sounds SO good! I'll have to see it.
xo Josie

Unknown said...

haven't watched it yet, but was meaning to, thanks for reminding me! I may do so tonight :)


Leia said...

This sounds like a great movie!


Anonymous said...

this sounds extremely interesting and extraordinary.

so watching it and can't wait for Oscars!

--> Bree


o said...

Thx for this review, Audrey:) I've never heard of it, but now I'm intrigued! Hope ure enjoying the weekend! -AB


Unknown said...

the point that anyone can make art but shouldn't makes me very curious about this :) might check it out soon!


mistytewest said...

this left me thinking about what this film is really all about...I need to check if I can see it online or download it somewhere :P


Lee Oliveira said...

Will definitely check out the trailer of this movie.
But tomorrow at 9.40am Sydney time i will be glued to my TV for the Oscars
Lee x

Cafe Fashionista said...

Haha! This sounds like a fun film - I will definitely be checking it out! :)


It sounds like a really god film. Must watch it! :)SArahD

Anonymous said...

Great post ;-)

Oh to Be a Muse said...

i totally agree that anyone can create art but not that everyone should. heard great things about this movie, and yes, i will be watching the oscars tonight!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Yay Oscars!!

Maddy said...

Very interesting! I haven't heard of this documentary, but I will definitely add it to the Netflix queue.


Ah, yeah! Watching the oscars = reminder to WATCH THIS MOVIE. It's definitely on my "to watch" list and your review is very intriguing.


Kimberlee said...

Loved this movie! It was funnier than I expected. I loved Banksy's quote "anyone can create art, but not everyone should."

Unknown said...

If you look closely at our new urban art collection you'll see elements of design made popular by street art.

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