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Teen Review: 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'

I have seen this street artist's work before, and having a sense for the raw culture involved in street art, I feel like you presented it in a lackluster fashion. I would have been more interested in a character analysis versus what you gave us, which is just summing up the plot. It seems like you aren't confident about what other people would think of the film, and held back what you felt about it. Their art is very much real, and very much illegal, making this documentary all the more significant. We rarely ever get this intimate of a scope into the underground world of artists who are far from Picasso or Van Gogh. It's like comparing Cat Power to Mozart. There are only a few artists who translate their work from the streets to canvas, such as Miss Van, a female graffiti artist. Still, those are totally different realms of art, and to be held in completely different regards. "Documentary" isn't specified to informational big budget films created to bore you to death. Some of the best films I've seen are documentaries, absolutely compelling, vivid, and well done. There's nothing "Hollywood" about it, unless it's about Hollywood of course. It's a decent review, but I know you could have done better.

November 18, 2010 at 11:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Teen Review: 'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

This is an excellent job at summarizing the plot, giving the readers a chance to decide whether or not to see this film for themselves. But I disagree with the plot basis also being the theme. Yes, he is depressed and considered suicidal, but this could very well be a satirical approach to the growing stress on young adults easily overwhelmed by pressure from life at home or at school. I personally have yet to read either book or film, but your critique provides very good insight on the emotional basis of the plot. There could be many ways to interpret the film itself, so it wouldn't just be my opinion. Some people could also see it as love overcoming any obstacle, especially one as severe as depression, which is not just a minor issue in a certain percentage of youth. Unfortunately, censoring such ideas would not provide a solution, and often times neither do one of the 170 million antidepressants prescribed annually in the U.S. By censoring any kind of insight on suicide makes it all the more confusing, lonely, and dark, as if feeling depressed was invalid, or unusual. On a positive note though, this motivates me even further to go and watch "It's Kind Of a Funny Story" for myself. Laughter is said to be the best kind of medication.

October 18, 2010 at 6:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )