Saturday, May 15, 2010

"Chloe"



Having seen this new Atom Egoyan picture, I'm not quite sure exactly what he was reaching for here. This is a remake of a French film that was much better and intriguing than Egoyan's attempt @ the erotic thriller. Then again the story he has is juicy and hypnotic. In other words his source material is actually much more interesting than the execution he commits in Chloe.

There are things that work here, especially Julliane Moore as an undersexed wife that gets turned on by her husband getting it on with a hooker in secret- Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). I bow down to Moore's thrown anytime I see a performance, she is in fact one of the great actresses around and doesn't have an average performance in her.

The problem I got with Egoyan these days is not necessarily the stories he chooses -he always has something interesting up his sleeve - it's actually the way that he executes his stories in such predictable ways that infuriates me and makes on remember that his last great picture was 1997's The Sweet Hereafter. Remember that one? Risk taking is not in his vocabulary anymore & -after watching yet another letdown- I think it's time for him to think everything over.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Banksy & his Images + a short/concise review of 'Exit Through Gift Shop'



Graffiti has polarized many people in our modern age, which is why Exit Through Gift Shop's first half was so damn fun and vibrant. The second half turns into maudlin satirical stabs @ the art world but it nevertheless led me to seek out some of the astonishing Graffiti I saw on display during the film's first 45 or so minutes. There is so much more than just these but I picked some of my favorites.



What you see here is Graffiti art featured in the film & which has stayed etched in my memory, up until I finally had the chance to write to you about it. BANKSY is the main artist featured here -same thing as in the documentary- but I've added a few other astounding images that will surely make an impression on you from various different artists. They are socially relevant to the times and have a clear rebellious message imported with their stylistic flourishes.



Of course some of these Graffiti artists plaster their art on walls just for the fun of it & for a rebellious notion that they can break the law & damage legal property- but then there's something like the art portrayed below which was drawn on the infamous wall that separates the state of Israel and Palestinian territory That infamous wall does not need any explanation but what you see is something that is extremely risky and rebellious in its execution.



A stated above, not a very good film but nevertheless one that has opened up its doors to me with its world of fearless artists taking risks for the sake of their own art. Now why in the hell would I not support such a cause? If only the film was an hour shorter I might have recommended it but I say just search some of this stuff it's much more interesting than viewing the documentary about it.

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