Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Stop the press - Banksy's married!

And that's about the only thing you'll learn about him upon seeing "Exit Through the Gift Shop," aka the Banksy documentary that hits theaters this Friday.

The film, directed by Banksy, isn't so much focused on the notorious mystery artist, but rather French filmmaker/"artist", Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash - a monster created by Banksy and a perplexing piece of living art which the art community has mixed feelings about.

What I enjoyed most was the footage of artists like Shepard Fairey printing out and piecing together his artwork at Kinko's and Invader, Guetta's cousin, plastering his mosaics onto the streets of France in the middle of the night.

Banksy himself appears in front of the camera, his face hidden inside a dark hoodie and his voice disguised by a voice box. He comes off as somewhat of a mischievous and humorous Darth Vader. You only get to see his hands as he works (which is where I spotted the wedding ring.)

This film was the most fun I've had at the movies in a long time while also being inspiring and thought provoking. Run, don't walk to the theatre to take it all in the minute it's out.

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