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Art School Confidential (2006) – Her Review October 1, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Drama, Movies.
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Did you draw something?  The paper is all white. It's an abstract - can't you see, it's a snowstorm... Oh, wow..it's  beautiful!...you're a genius!

Dir. Terry Zwigoff

Starring Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich etc.

Being someone who likes to draw, I was immediately attracted to this movie… seeing people do art is just something I enjoy. This movie though is not a true glimpse inside an art school but more of a satirical look and perhaps a bit of social commentary about the snobbery that can exist at some level in the artistic community.

As a child, while other boys liked to play football, Jerome (Max Minghella) liked to draw. When he goes off to art school, his parents worry that he may be gay, and his guy friends think it’s so cool that he wants to go there so he’ll get to draw naked chicks. Actually, neither is true. He simply thinks art is his calling and wants to be the very best artist of this century.

Jerome gets quite a revelation though, being good at drawing apparently doesn’t really matter. The worst works seem to garner the most approval, the teachers are blase and don’t really care anymore and to top it off there is a serial killer somewhere on campus!

Although the story goes a bit overboard and the mystery is not difficult to figure out, it’s funny and although tongue-in-cheek, does touch on the fact that some artists can have a better than thou attitude, can find ‘true art’ wherever they feel fit. I’ve seen toilets in museums, depicted as art. Yeah, yeah, you can say it’s a statement on life, art, people, politics.. the throne is still a crapper. People like to follow whatever is popular at the moment even if they look ridiculous in it.. or follow whever is considered cool even if they really are inane.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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Art School Confidential (2006) – His Review October 1, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Drama, Movies, Mystery.
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There's a pink elephant at the art school

Dir. Terry Zwigoff

Starring Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich etc.

Harassed teen boy Jerome (Minghella) finally gets out of high school hell and gets to follow his dream of becoming the world’s greatest artist.

However, all is not well at the Strathmore Institute where Jerome enrolls. Many teachers have stopped caring, and many students are knee-deep in pretentious bullshit. And there’s also the little detail of a serial killer on the loose. As a result the school atmosphere isn’t as chill as he’d have hoped, and he has to find new ways to be creative and compete.

Art School Confidential is written by Daniel Clowes, who wrote Ghost World and the comic book it was based on. Terry Zwigoff was the director then too, and it seems they enjoyed the work and the result, since they’re pairing up to dance again. The result is not as good this time, if a direct comparison is to be made, but the movies are not really in the same genre. While you could say Ghost World went for “melancholic comedy about cross-generational friendship”, Art School Confidential is less easily defined. It’s a satire, and it’s at times good at it. It’s a murder mystery, but it’s not very mysterious. Most of all it’s about expectations and dreams, and how realizing them can be harder if you need to stay in control, instead of letting things happen. Well, it tries to be.

If you only watch it for the funny, it’s probably gonna satisfy you. The trailer is hilarious, and the movie resembles that remark.

This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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