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After watching EXIT THROUGH THE GIFTSHOP, Banksy could be Guy Ritchie...

You know... This is a very complicated film to discuss. After the film played tonight, for about an hour straight, Richard Linklater, myself and a very passionate group of art enthusiasts stood around dissecting and talking about the film we had all just seen. The film in question is Banksy's documentary, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP. A film that at first seems to be about this crazy Frenchman's pursuit and adrenaline addiction to capturing and following the lives of famous Street Artists like Shepard Fairey, Space Invader and eventually - Banksy. And for the most part that's what the film is. You have a story about this Thierry Guetta, whose mother died when he was young, thus creating a deep and lasting desire to capture everything on video. He just wanted to not miss or lose anything to the ethereal realm of memory, but in the documented reality that so many of us are addicted to. HOWEVER... Somehow, Thierry Guetta is the documenting, quasi crazed Frenchman. You see how excited he was to be a part of this forbidden scene. This illegal act of Street Art. He filmed in KINKOS, private residence, atop buildings, in alleys, on the sides of bridges, running from cops, etc. As an audience member, you can't help but be fascinated by Thierry's mania. I mean, thank God someone was documenting this stuff. This is an entire artistic movement that has become the most important art movement of the 21st Century thus far. It is absolutely vital - it is capturing the attention of the world - and in many cases it is incredibly provocative and thought-inducing. That said - Theirry isn't really a filmmaker. He's a cameraman. He's capturing footage with no real sense of what to do with it. He wasn't even labeling the tapes or organizing them. Thousands of hours of tapes in dozens of large tuperware containers... safe, yet... sitting there. YEARS of shooting. In a way - this was a documenting Henry Darger type. Thierry Guetta could have kept following and capturing the creation of street art indefinitely - without the larger world really having access to any of it - except something happened. That something was the mysterious, world renowned BANKSY. Now, the various guerrilla artists all knew about Theirry. He had followed and captured them all. And Theirry was trying to get BANKSY - and everyone was telling him it was impossible. You'll never get BANKSY. And then, one day, Banksy comes to L.A. but the fella that was to be his assistant got turned around due to some immigration paperwork snafus... and Banksy asked Shepard Fairey who he should use and that's how BANKSY and Thierry Guetta came to be. Now, you can take these scenes at face value. Accept that as reality, but frankly... I don't. Whoever Banksy is - it seems to be a man of means, capable of organizing a talented and motivated crew of collaborators. A man that has managed to put wonderful works on either side of the West Bank's infamous wall. A man that can kidnap a British phone booth, reshape it, weld it, repaint it, then place it back on the street completely transformed. He organizes around the world. And on a trip to L.A. his 'street man' gets turned around by immigration - and he happens to be paired up with Thierry Guetta? I feel it is obvious in the documentary, that BANKSY knew of Thierry in advance of their meeting. BANKSY brought Thierry into his world, gave him a taste for it right as BANKSY blew up big with his DISNEYLAND Guantanamo Bay work and that West Bank stuff.... well, it was a really convenient time for BANKSY to be placed with the man with all the footage for the entire scene of which BANKSY was being placed atop. BANKSY convinces Thierry to make his film on Street Art, it apparently was incomprehensible, but at the same time, BANKSY puts the seed into Thierry that he should begin doing art himself. Thierry becomes MR. BRAINWASH - creates a crazy show in Los Angeles, BANKSY sends some of his "team" to help - He and Shepard Fairey each provided a quote - and suddenly Thierry is launched as an instant star on the STREET ART scene. Which BANKSY is the pronounced king of. Interesting. Then there's the film itself. Narrated by Rhys Ifans - who is essentially speaking for BANKSY, when BANKSY doesn't seem to want to be speaking distorted digitally, hidden in shadow - well... Ifans narration is very sharp, funny and bitingly on point. But when you take a look at this film, this documentary - I can't help but think of the unnamed entity behind it. BANKSY. His art is the work of a fiercely intelligent soul. And this film is expertly crafted and put together. It is hysterical, intriguing, captivating and thought provoking. This is THE artist of the movement, essentially using another person to comment upon the entire Art Movement that he's the foremost Artist working... and he takes this man that was documenting him, turned him into an artist, took the man's footage, life and story and used it to construct an incredible narrative documentary that throws a huge pie into the face of the movement itself, while clearly illustrating why he's the real artist. That is fascinating because we're talking about a paper bag artist that TIME magazine puts as one of the 100 most influential people on the planet living today - whose film is the product of another man's life story, in a field that BANKSY rules, takes his media with permission after establishing him as a major artist in the movement... it just... well it recalls Welles' F IS FOR FAKE, but without the vantage to prove it. One thing is certain from my first viewing and that's that BANKSY definitely put some mojo on Thierry - and that Thierry's ascent as a major modern artist under the guise of Mr Brainwash... it has to be a hilarious obscene joke that turns everything on its ear - and it is absolutely that type of film that you can chew on, scream about and fight about perspective. It is Art. Like everything that BANKSY has done, it makes you giggle, think and appreciate. This film is Screening throughout the U.S. & Canada, go here to see if it is playing near you. I just hope we see more work in the film world by Banksy, if we haven't already. My Guy Ritchie as Banksy joke in the headline comes from a notion I had. I figure BANKSY is someone we may know. But the fact that Mr Brainwash did Madonna's 20th Anniversary Album art... and the comment that Banksy has about that - and just the concept that Madonna might pick the "accidental Frankenstein" which seems to actually embarrass BANKSY at some level, along with amusing him... Felt like a slap. I'm kidding. I know GUY isn't BANKSY - as I just got off the phone with a friend that has met BANKSY and while he told me Guy isn't BANKSY he said that was a very smart guess... So I suppose it could be MATTHEW VAUGHN. Or anybody. That's part of the fun of this Artist. The mystery. That's part of the gold of this film, the mystery of it. How do we know if any of it is real? What is constructed to fit a pre-existing narrative that the filmmaker may have an agenda in portraying? Or maybe, just maybe... this is exactly how it all went down. The tagline on the film is "The world's first Street Art disaster movie" and that line... in and of itself - tells me that this could very well be an experiment that went horribly awry for Banksy. Or maybe that's just what he makes us want to think. We can't know for sure, because BANKSY is still the wizard behind the curtain... If BANKSY even is a singular entity. Maybe BANKSY is an alien. I don't know, but I love looking for clues - and this is the great pop culture mystery of our day. Right? This film may contain more clues, false leads and confusion - but it is kinda brilliant all on its own. A wonderful documentary - that I'd kill for the ACADEMY to honor thus forcing the single most "what the fuck is about to happen" moment in Oscar history when BANKSY wins. It could come to that. It really is that good.

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  • May 11, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    First that I...

    by Darryl_Revok

    have heard of it.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Most important of the 21st century? Are you kidding me?

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 11, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    So will..

    by Darryl_Revok

    ...Zombie Lena Horne and Zombie Frank Frazetta team up to battle the Zombie Beatles?

  • May 11, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Art criticism class...

    by Darryl_Revok

    ... at the Rose Kennedy Institute. Round 2 starts....<P>...Now.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Banksy is

    by GhostDad

    Paul WS Anderson

  • May 11, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    wow Harry actually wrote a review I agree with!

    by wash

    First time in a minute. Anyway, I saw this yesterday and I loved the hell out it. It could be a total hoax and it still wouldn't effect my enjoyment of it. My girlfriend won the coin toss on this (I would have picked IM2) and I'm glad she did.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Banksy was supposedly exposed...

    by Boba Fat a British tabloid a few years ago:

  • May 11, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST


    by Toonol

    I don't think it's a good thing.<p> The punks should buy a sheet of canvas.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    BANKSY just hit Toronto...

    by TheDark0Knight

    I'm gonna go look around the city tomorrow & take some photos of his art. I saw "Exit" today & absolutely love it. I've been a huge fan of Banksy's for years...the one cool thing my art teacher in high school ever showed us was his Guantanamo disney prank.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    F for Fake

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

  • May 11, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    P for Plant

    by Robots In Das Guys

  • May 11, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    That said...

    by Robots In Das Guys

    (Heh) Good review, Harry. It's nice to see you can keep the hyperbole levels down from time to time.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Unless Banksy starts doing potato prints...

    by Scalvador

    it ain't Guy Ritchie.

  • May 11, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Thanks Shepard Fairey for that wonderful Iron Man poster.

    by Julius Dithers

    Kevin James is Banksy.

  • May 11, 2010, 3:34 a.m. CST

    nobody knows who banksy is..

    by emeraldboy

    there a few hints. parents were middle class and he went to a top public school. he was talented artistically but wasnt a show off. never got into trouble. beyond that its all a bit vague. and this film isnt about banksy really.

  • May 11, 2010, 4:23 a.m. CST

    I've kind of always thought that

    by gotilk

    Banksy is multiple people. Maybe even all the people in this film. A character created by these people in order to shake things up. One of those ideas that you have after a long, late party and you with a few friends are still sitting around with over-active brains, brainstorming insane ideas that "If only we had the guts to attempt really pulling it it off." You know, like faking your own death and starting anew. Big, big pranks. I'm thinking Banksy is one of these ideas, fully realized.

  • May 11, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    it would also explain how people could

    by gotilk

    "find Banksy" or "reveal Banksy" and then discover later that there was no way they actually did because the "real" Banksy was somewhere 1000 miles away on that same day.

  • May 11, 2010, 4:30 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Hurt yourself. Do damage. I mean it.

  • May 11, 2010, 5:03 a.m. CST

    I know who Banksy is!!!!

    by detectivesoap

    Joaquin Phoenix.

  • May 11, 2010, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Great Review Harry

    by oborostyle

    i have nothing more to say.

  • May 11, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Bansky is...

    by LegendaryPinkDot

  • May 11, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Banksy is Matthew Vaughn? Naw! Banksy has talent

    by Spandau Belly

    Vaughn can just deliver mediocre versions of other people's movies.

  • May 11, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    here is a very good article from the

    by emeraldboy

    observer from last year..

  • May 11, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Lennon Wall tagged in Music Video

    by PAUL_a_prince_ANDERSON

    This is a link to a cool music video about tagging that just popped up. Like the song. You can see the Lennon Wall at the end. Enjoy:

  • May 11, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    None of the other art enthusiasts. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . had a name worth dropping.

  • May 11, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    You missed "movement" and "thus far". Until videogames come to grips with their commercialism, street art is the only real art movement we have so they get the title by default.

  • May 11, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    he's not a famous celebrity

    by banksyfan42

    I used to work in Bristol ten years ago and used to see his stencils all over the place - lots of ironic rats particularly by the court and police station. He only became such a big deal when the media jumped on the bandwagon. My brother's mate from college used to pose for Banksy and is the basis for the stencil of the hoodie. As far as I can tell he's a Bristol boy done good! Don't see why that's not good enough - kinda insulting to his droll anarchist persona to suggest a priveleged, middle aged, movie director is responsible for his work.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    i agree with gotlik

    by emeraldboy

    banksy was one person. we dont know who. but as time has gone on. Bansky has become PR firm. we dont know who banksy and I doubt we ever will. Many are know many banksy's

  • May 11, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Banksy is the dread pirate Roberts

    by cdkf92

    The legend is more impressive than the man.

  • May 11, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I'm Banksy!

    by Knuckleduster

    And no one can prove if I'm telling the truth or not. That's what's brilliant about it. Just like religion.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Fuck Banksy

    by magnetoelectric

    I love how graffiti art/spray can art finally becomes mainstream when some asshole starts using stencils. If people weren't buying up entire walls of his for thousands of dollars it'd be downright laughable. Fuck the thousands of talented artists who have spent decades perfecting their craft and can-control( like DAIM) Just make some stencils.

  • May 11, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Good review, Harry

    by garybuseys_incisors

    I was at the screening last night and completely agree.

  • May 11, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Banksy is not just one person.....

    by theDannerDaliel

    and now there are impersonators everywere. All with one name like Banksy. All claiming, nooo i don´t want fame , thats why im anonymous....YEAH cause it worked for the guys who did it FIRST (he he) what a bunch of faggots. And stencil paintings are not art. You can have anything made into a stencil, and then all you need is a spray can. Thats not art, its hyped graffiti.

  • May 11, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    I've met "Banksy"

    by torontoxic

    He wears glasses and is very polite. Maybe he has help now but there is just one guy. <P> He looks nothing like Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn.

  • May 11, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    come on're gonna waste your "made up name drop" card on a guy that no one knows? that's a rookie mistake, kiddo.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST


    by jazzgalaxy

    Harry, I usually ignore the poor quality of your writing, but I actually stopped reading this review because it makes so little sense. It's truly shocking, this one. That said, I can't wait to see this. I've bought and sold a few MBW's in my day.

  • May 12, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Banksy is the stinkpalmer from Mallrats

    by criticalbliss

    What a waste of space. Vandalism is now "important" art? Seriously? Good thing Banksy learned how to stencil.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:23 a.m. CST

    That Review

    by R2DToo

    What a pretentious piece of shit this review was, wrong on so many levels!! Firstly, Harry and his 'passionate group of art enthusiasts' standing around discussing how 'convenient' it was to have a documentor onside just as Banksy made it big!?! Bollocks! The man has been HUGE WORLDWIDE since 'Wall and Peace' was released in 2005, and THAT book was only greenlit because he was already a massive name. The man has been a legend at what he does for a decade Harry, not just since YOU'VE heard of him - how do you think he raised the funds to expand into international street art!?! As to street art being the most important movement of the 21st century: seriously!?! Any movement that can be summed up in one name (again, Banksy) is not a movement at all, it's a one-man industry beset by imitators and ignorantly admired by posseurs! And as to your friend who knows who Banksy is, let me tell you that this is also bollocks - either he's lying to you or you're using a little poetic licence. I was personally very heavily involved in the publication of 'Wall and Peace', to the extent that I have a number of signed Banksy stencils hanging on my office wall, and I can assure you that every single interaction was conducted via a single middleman who has personally become very wealthy through his assocation. Next to no one knows who Banksy is, it is the best kept secret in the industry (kept, even, from the very team who pushed his fame to the next level via his groundbreaking book) and to suggest that some friend of yours was dropping cryptic hints is just pathetic. I've got to say, the more I read your bullshit reviews that somehow turn things to the point that you can discuss how well-connected etc you are, the more I see how other talkbackers on this site can get righteously pissed off!!

  • May 12, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Banksy as Art

    by R2DToo

    One other point, to those who say that this isn't art just because stencils are used. I disagree. Banksy - unlike many previous street artists who seemed interested in little more than tagging - has something original to say and does so via well thought out and, in many cases, beautifully expressed work. To do this he has NO CHOICE but to use stencils as he simply would not have time to finish the work otherwise: this isn't the Life of Brian where, if caught, he would be made to 'draw it out a hundred times and if it's not done by sunrise I'll cut your balls off'. If caught he'd be chased and arrested before he could finish! So the use of stencils is NOT proof of a lack of ability, it's proof that he is bright enough to know that this is the only way he can complete his work on his canvas of choice! Beats the shit out of just scrawling the word 'Banksy' all over Bristol and Clerkenwell, I'd say!!

  • May 12, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Loved It

    by DLT

    Harry, Thanks so much for holding the “Exit Through the Gift Shop” screening Monday night. It was my first Ain’t It Cool event after reading for so many years. The interesting thing to me about the film is the way it plays with your idea of what is real. A £10 note with a picture of Princess Di on it instead of the Queen is worthless because only one is genuine, even though they are both just pieces of paper with British Royalty on them. Is co-opting Warhol’s images a genuine form of expression? Is putting an eye patch on the Mona Lisa art? Banksy doesn’t try to answer these questions, instead he skillfully piles on layer after layer of ambiguity, showing one thing while hinting at another. The only thing that is real is the art, everything else, well, we have to take his word for it. Is Thierry Guerra a genuine artist? Is Thierry even a genuine person? He makes the perfect protagonist, seamlessly connecting all the street artists portrayed, and whose presence is often merely implied by the fact that something is being videotaped. Eventually, he is encouraged to create art so derivative of the artists he is documenting that the only thing that distinguishes it is his signature. If he was a fabrication, does his work make him real? Even in his rise as a celebrated street artist, he admits to not creating the art he’s selling. We know Guerra isn’t Banksy because he is clearly different from the hooded figure in the interviews. (Of course, we only “know” that figure is Banksy because that is what Banksy has told us.) Regardless of the “genuineness” of Guerra, he is a highly entertaining character, larger than life, and much of the films success hinges on his personality. However truthful the story he tells, we enjoy the way he tells it. Banksy is clearly playing with the documentary form here, presenting an untold story from a secretive world. Of course we have to remind ourselves that it is being told by someone whose whole career is based on deception and twisting perceptions. I look forward to seeing it again. I can’t help but feel like all the clues are there, waiting to be found. BTW- I am pretty sure Banksy was sitting next to me. He was a lot shorter than I expected.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    @ R2DToo

    by Calvin_Crack

    you did everything in your post that you accused harry of doing, including the 'pretentious piece of shit' part

  • May 12, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Why am I the only one who thinks

    by jackofhearts29

    .. that Banksy IS Thierry?!?? Exact same thing Spike Jonze did for the Fatboy Slim video guy. THEY'RE THE SAME PERSON! *end conspiracy theory*

  • May 12, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Okay, okay, I admit it. I'm Banksy.

    by m00kiedood

    Sorry I didn't get around to coming clean on this sooner.<p> I was taking my kids to soccer practice.<p> Keep it on the down low though, hey?

  • May 13, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Banksy is a factory ala Warhol

    by JoeSixPack

    And the legend fuels the money machine for pretty good art.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Christian Bale is Banksy

    by Lemure_v2

    Ever seen them together? Thought not.

  • May 13, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Who he is doesn't matter

    by Talkbacker with no name

    you are all missing the point

  • May 13, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Exit is probably not a documentary

    by subletheart

    Did anyone else notice that the subjects of the documentary (other than Banksy's narration) don't mention or talk with Thiery? This movie appears to be a brilliant fiction - Banksy. All of the video is shot with different cameras even when done at similar times in the narrative. It appears that Banksy collected video from multiple street artists and created the narrative device named Thiery. Even the Brainwash gallery show is thrown together and is a mash of outsourced artistic derivation of other street artists. I expect that it will leak that the whole "documentary" is fiction

  • May 13, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    The film is great

    by J.B.M.A.

    But that review is fucking dire.<p>Even if the film turns out to be a clever fiction (which would actually be FAR less interesting than it being fact) it should be enough to enjoy it without inventing dumbass theories that Banksy is some low rent British semi-celeb.<p>And fuck the Bansky haters. You wouldn't know art if it dropped out yer arse and poked you in the eyes.

  • May 13, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by torontoxic

    I stated it because some idiots actually were questioning if its one guy or what. It is and I can qualify that out right. <P> I wasted my made up name drop years ago when I was telling everyone about the time I saw Old Dirty Bastard. Turned out it was just a drunk black guy btw.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Ooooh. I can stencil!

    by criticalbliss

    Yep. I said it. <p> Banksy has always been less art than theatre masked by irony--without true artistic talent or relevance. He's the "hipster" version of Jackass.

  • May 13, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I don't hate Banksy or his art.

    by Jaka

    I just think it's incredibly important to understand how long people have been doing street art. Even political street art. He didn't invent the concept or create the art form. He just hit a certain nerve with his guerrilla tactics and the placement of his work. This film sounds more interesting to me after reading this review, though. Might have to truck over to Berkeley tomorrow and check it out.

  • May 13, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    "little more than tagging"

    by Jaka

    I'm going to call bullshit on that, because that's not street art, or even art. It's tagging, and it's a nuisance. They are two totally and completely different things.

  • May 13, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    People really think it isn't art?

    by Jaka

    What have you done that would qualify as artistic lately? What have you done that has caused people to stop, look and discuss?

  • May 14, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Stop being a pleb criticalbliss.

    by J.B.M.A.

    The stencils are designed, hand drawn and cut by Bansky. This takes considerable skill. Further more, the way in which many of his pieces are worked into their setting depends upon a good artistic eye. You may not like his stuff, but the man knows what he's doing with a paintbrush as well as a spraycan.

  • May 15, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    J.B.M.A, stop lowering standards

    by criticalbliss

    He stencils. Many of them are traced and cut, not "drawn". He's a stuntman, not an artist.

  • May 15, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    After reading this review...

    by we_pray_for_mad_skillz

    Harry could be retarded. <p> Did I say "could?" I meant "is most certainly." <p> Congrats for discovering graffiti because of this movie! You're still a hopeless dork. "I have a friend who knows him!" You're a fucking idiot. <p> ...and later to the haters, because it's a great movie. <p> J.B.M.A.: Actually, the movie is BETTER and MORE INTERESTING if it's a clever fiction. Fail. <p> criticalbliss: "...less art than theatre [sic] masked by irony..." Sure, whatever the fuck THAT means. As if theater isn't art, and as if irony or masks are an innately bad thing. I doubt you could stencil anything half as well as Banksy. Or be as politically and socially relevant as Banksy OR Jackass.

  • May 15, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Sorry Skillz, I disagree...

    by J.B.M.A.

    The film is quite entertaining enough as it is without needing to be a 'joke within a joke'. But whatever floats your boat.<p> Criticalbliss I can only think that you are unaware of how monumentally crass and ignorant you are making yourself sound. As Skillz correctly points out, theatre is a perfectly relevant art form, though this is completely irrelevant to Banksy's personal drawing and painting abilities. As for "Many of them are traced..." - fucking prove it. Even if this were true, it would leave many that WERE drawn, so you're still grasping at straws like a blind man.

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  • May 16, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST


    by criticalbliss

    My point is that Banksy functions not as a visual artist in the conventional sense. He's a Barnum and Bailey showman with little in the way of artistic craftsmanship. The stunt (tag) is more important than the art itself. And, yes, I can stencil and draw; hate to burst your methane bubble there. Now, do I consider myself an artist because I understand composition and have the skills to carry it out? No, not really. I consider myself a hobbyist. <p> However, this ridiculous worship of Banksy is an insult to REAL artists everywhere; the people dedicated and actually talented who spend their lives working in the field. I guess they could sell out, buy a can of spray paint and jackass a few sites with pseudo-socialist or anarchist platitudes (just throw in a pinch of winking irony to maintain one's hipster cred). Don't like it? Irritate you? That's cuz it's true.

  • May 16, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    By the way

    by criticalbliss

    The film itself is probably entertaining, whether it's staged or not. But that still doesn't change my opinion on street "art" done with spray paint and stencils. The whole conceit is ludicrous (which is why the film is likely to be entertaining on several levels). I plan on renting it sometime for a good laugh.

  • May 16, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST


    by J.B.M.A.

    I don't give a monkeys if you can draw, stencil, work in oils or if you consider yourself an artist. None of that makes your infantile dismissal of Banksy any more credible - in fact it smacks of the usual "I can do better, honest" bullshit that these talkbacks are filled with. And please drop the sidetracking nonsense about it insulting 'real artists' who don't 'sell out' *vomits* - it's just embarrassing. I suspect it's probably a good thing that you consider yourself a 'hobbyist', given that your assessment of what qualifies as 'real art' is so cringworthy.<p>Don't like Bansky? Irritate you? Tough.

  • May 16, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by criticalbliss

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