I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Monday, March 21, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Watching Exit Through the Gift Shop was like watching a good episode of The Office. One description of the film calls it "The world's first Street Art disaster movie..." This is because the film follows Thierry Guetta, a man who claims to be a documentary film maker but whose documentaries suck, as he becomes a street artist/artist whose art sucks. Compared to director and street artist Banksy, Guetta is an embarrassment, but at the same time he somehow represents what is beautiful about humanity. While he has seemingly zero understanding of the value of his own work, Guetta, through strength of personality alone, forces himself to become a celebrity, not only through the enormous art exhibition that he creates, but because he is the subject of one of the best documentaries in decades. Like a good episode of The Office, it appears that the embarrassment will never end, but amidst the awkwardness there are glimmers of a pillar of an individual. With hours of film to draw from - the fortunate side-effect of Guetta's documentary film making failure - Exit Through the Gift Shop is never lacking.

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