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Old 05-30-10, 12:13 AM
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Saw it tonight and I really enjoyed it. Loved the immediacy of the street art footage, and was accepting it as a straight found footage doc up until the last quarter of the movie. And I'd love to hear from those who might know more about this than me...

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I'd really like to know whether or not this was a hoax by Banksy or not. As Thierry finished his cut of the film, and was inspired to become an artist, I turned to my wife and said, "That's just not how artists start." Even though he was having other people fabricate mass amounts of screen prints, paintings, etc... it didn't ring true that he would mortgage his business and jump into art this way.

Then as the film wound up, it seemed too convenient to have Thierry become this metaphor for unoriginality and commerce co-opting a scene.

Good shit to think about, and funny too.
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I plan on seeing this tomorrow. I've been hearing a lot of word of mouth on this film.
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I saw it a few weeks ago, and thought it was great. I see the street art all through out LA. It's nice to see the origin and artists who make it happen.
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This was enormously entertaining and whether it was a "mockumentary" or not, the points scored were funny and valid.
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I can't wait to see this as well.
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Saw it tonight and I really enjoyed it. Loved the immediacy of the street art footage, and was accepting it as a straight found footage doc up until the last quarter of the movie. And I'd love to hear from those who might know more about this than me...

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I'd really like to know whether or not this was a hoax by Banksy or not. As Thierry finished his cut of the film, and was inspired to become an artist, I turned to my wife and said, "That's just not how artists start." Even though he was having other people fabricate mass amounts of screen prints, paintings, etc... it didn't ring true that he would mortgage his business and jump into art this way.

Then as the film wound up, it seemed too convenient to have Thierry become this metaphor for unoriginality and commerce co-opting a scene.

Good shit to think about, and funny too.
I thought the film was highly entertaining, but also quite maddening

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in that Thierry became more of a complete self absorbed douche - with all the subjects of his documentary footage essentially turning on him at the very end of the film


question though, what or how was Thierry making money, running around all the time with a camera, in my mind is not a source of income - I'm surprised his wife wasn't more miffed or angry with him over his obsession.
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Old 07-21-10, 05:52 AM
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[everybody should see this film without spoilers or advance conceit. my attempt at a review has been written with this in mind].


I'm not sure how much I bought into everything with this film, it's all a little vague and I preferred it that way. It's subversive, unnerving and original, I'll give it that. Oh, and its also riotously funny.
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Old 09-06-10, 03:36 PM
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everyone should see this documentary. i'm not sure whether or not its all a hoax. regardless it's genius.
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Old 10-10-10, 09:29 PM
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Banksy directed the opening of "The Simpsons" tonight. It's pretty funny. The last joke just kills me.

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I really want to know what the reaction of your average Simpsons viewer was to that. Incredibly ballsy.
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Old 10-11-10, 12:10 AM
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That Simpsons intro is a lame attempt at "edgy social commentary."
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Well everyone I know that I've shown it to has been quite impressed and genuinely shocked, so I'd say it worked.
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I thought it was funny, love the unicorn.
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Old 12-21-10, 01:23 AM
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Just watched this via Netflix instant streaming. Very entertaining, though it does lay it on a bit thick in the last 30 minutes. That's when it got really funny, too, though.
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Old 12-21-10, 08:32 AM
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That Simpsons opening is incredible.
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I received a review copy of this the other day. Looking forward to checking it out. I like some of his art.
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Just watched it on Netflix, thought the first half was riveting and that it just hit the wall when Banksy actually got involved. He tried so hard to make a joke out of the whole thing that, when he succeeded, I still felt cheated from a more complete look at the street art that Guetta's tapes provided. I kind of ended up neutral on the whole thing, which was a shame.
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Finally sat down and watched this. Somehow I managed to miss all the spoilers, and ended up fascinated. I don't see how much of it could be a hoax, as Mr. Brainwash is an actual artist, and if that's how he wants to always be remembered, well, that's certainly taking a prank to a whole other level.

Or, if he isn't an actual artist, than Banksy has made a film about a fictional person who is taking credit for real street art that I've seen in Los Angeles. Again, seems unlikely to me. Then again, who knows?

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Old 12-25-10, 08:37 PM
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One of my favorite movies of the year (thanks Netflix streaming!). A friend hipped me to this and at first I balked a little thinking it was going to be another doc about graffiti artists. Saw some amazing art along with the funny vibe. Definitely recommend.
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Old 12-26-10, 12:43 AM
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Watched this the other night on Netflix streaming with my partner. We both agreed that at the point Thierry turns "artist" it ceases to feel like a documentary, because he stops feeling like a person and starts feeling like a character. Regardless, I really enjoyed it for the most part even if it is a hoax. It'd just be a shame if this were to win Best Documentary at the Oscars if it is a hoax, but then again, maybe that's what Banksy was going for.
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Old 12-26-10, 06:00 AM
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Funny. In the thread about Catfish I said I thought it was fake right from the start. I never once considered any of Exit fake. Making me think about it now.
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I didn't think Exit was fake either until I read online that some people were questioning its authenticity. I hope it's real, because if it is, it's one of those "truth is stranger than fiction" type of stories.
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Looking to see if it is true or not. Or at least how many liberties were taken. There is this video with producer Jaimie D' Cruz, editor Chris King. Watch all of it, in a rush go to the 28:40 mark.

http://www.viddler.com/explore/mcnvideos/videos/261/

I checked and they are the people listed as being involved. No pictures attached so there is that. When trying to check the veracity of something it is interesting how quickly all things start to look questionable.

What is proof here?
Is Thierry an actual functioning artist or is he part of a hoax?
Was it actually true to a point and then Banksy helped set the rest of it in motion?
Was it a hoax from the beginning?

Looking around for answers myself.
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Old 01-14-11, 06:27 PM
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June 18th, 2008 is the original show in LA.
Called "Life is Beautiful."

Advertising for original show. Trying to access the www.artshow2008.com website does nothing. And it redirects to ...



http://obeygiant.com/headlines/mr-br...ful-exhibition

BBC video of Mr. Brainwash appearing in London in May of 2010. Thierry makes an appearance.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programme...ca/8548779.stm

Many Flickr pcitures.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dyroza/...797390/detail/
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Here's what the artshow2008.com site looked like in June 2008:
http://web.archive.org/web/200806132...beautiful.html
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