Thursday, 2 January 2014

Art School Confidential movie 2006

Budget $5 million
Box office $3,306,629

 I picked my ONE favourite movie...
Yes - Art School Confidential (Terry Zwigoff - director)

I decided it would be a fun exercise for a mind and (soul?) and opened up a 'word' to start writing a list and… froze.
I remember I was struggling to define my ten favourite films of all time, when I've taken a shot at a similar list before and I've certainly got a shortest list of my favourite movies. 
But only one...
Anyone who took art in college or uni knows just how real this movie is.

Maybe it is for now…maybe I will change my mind.

 The film was directed by Terry Zwigoff and is loosely based on a comic by Daniel Clowes.  Zwigoff and Clowes also collaborated on the film Ghost World, which I like very much.  Clowes himself attended art school in the 1970's, and one can assume it is the model for the school shown in the film.  

Art School Confidential marks another entry in filmmaker Terry Zwigoff's pointed, ongoing commentary upon a singular theme: how funny people are. Or how funny life is. Or how funny people behave when grappling with the inescapable act of living life. As with Zwigoff's other films (Ghost World, Crumb, Bad Santa).
Art School Confidential is a much riskier movie than any of Zwigoff's movies - and not just because it is dark and ugly-looking. 

Art School Confidential is a real and honest view of contemporary art and life ...

It takes no prisoners and has no heroes.
There are no black or white characters or answers here.
The protagonist's angst is palpable, but he turns on it.
Art for art's sake? Or art for love's sake?
No matter.
The innocent victim learns to victimize...all in the name of art...or love...or ego.  

Zwigoff’s movie - Art School Confidential - fights the cult of mediocrity and hypocrisy.

'Humans are the worst species'.

Anybody knows this. It is not misanthropic to see our banality, self-destructiveness or just plain destructiveness, selfishness, ridiculous and painful vulnerability, and the awkwardness of our endless wanting.

  Those who attempt to find their true place and world, unless they exist in unreal circumstances, face the world that Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes depict with sincerity, sensitivity, humour, humanity, and depth.

The outside world: i.e. the institutions, family, survival, acceptance, the academy...
The inside world of doubt, certainty, fear, desire, ambition, the irrational and the loneliness.
And the combinations of the inner and outer world. All the painful combinations of the know-nothing mediocre of the institutional learning, the perpetuators of the status quo, the embittered, the alienated, etc. There is something really important in Zwigoff's (and Daniel Clowes) film, about the experience of the attempt to remove one's mask in a world that insists on a masquerade, the ramifications of an attempt toward being extraordinary in a society that insists...rewards mediocrity. It identifies this human desire to be something more in all the characters in a way that is sympathetic in its humour....