Art School Confidential (Terry Zwigoff, 2006)

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#26 Post by davebert » Fri May 05, 2006 4:50 pm

Yeah, I saw a preview screening of it on Wednesday, and Hoberman is essentially spot on. The first half is very funny, the second half drags up until a decently thrilling ending. I recommend if you havent read his review though, not to read it as he subtly spoils the key twist of the film.

While Max Minghella's acting is weak, the supporting cast is strong and the film had enough jokes to at least keep me entertained. Not as memorable as Ghost World, and probably wont pick up the mainstream audience Bad Santa enjoys.

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#27 Post by Dylan » Fri May 12, 2006 8:29 pm

I have no idea where to start. Since I quite liked “Ghost World,â€
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#28 Post by Floyd » Fri May 12, 2006 9:34 pm

From the trailer I thought this one looked a little lame as you put it Dylan and you seem to echo my fears of how this one would turn out in your comments. I am most certainly a fan of Ghost World and of Crumb so it was a bit disappointing to be so turned off by the trailer. I have had my share of art school time in a bit of a different form than this so I was hoping he'd pull it off better. Oh well, it happens.

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#29 Post by Dylan » Fri May 12, 2006 11:30 pm


What really bothers me about this film is why in the hell the character would put those paintings up at the gallery if it was so utterly, stupifyingly obvious that evidence from the crimes (such as a blood-stained license, jewelry, or family photos!?) were pasted all over them? And why was he going to kill himself afterwards? Sorry, girl troubles aren't good enough. Or how about that scene where the guy beats up the old man actor who's shooting blanks from a gun...I mean, what the hell, did the filmmakers not think we haven't seen that gag a million times before? Or Jim Broadbent's one-dimensional pervert who becomes the painfully anonymous (or characteristically lazy) villain who dies (along with every tenant in an entire fucking apartment building?) because a cigarette wasn't entirely put out? Come on! It's a poor script.

And the whole, person becoming successful while in jail thing was pulled off so flawlessly over twenty years ago in "King of Comedy" and here it's so senselessly tacked on. And with the "Pickpocket" thing...

And I must add that the entire 'art school' concept was already done better by the filmmakers in those great scenes with Illeana Douglas in "Ghost World." A lot of "Art School Confidential" seemed like pale imitations of those scenes.

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#30 Post by Fletch F. Fletch » Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:14 pm

[quote="Dylan"]With that said, I did laugh a couple times, even though nothing I laughed at was particularly original. I really liked Max Minghella, a lot, even though the severely underwritten, senseless, unmotivated part was calling nothing from him. The art chicks were cute to look at…actually that was the best part. And when the best part of a film is looking at girls you know you're in big trouble. The next film Zwigoff and Clowes make will be the real indicator or their filmmaking career. Should they make a film worse than “Art School Confidential,â€

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Re: Art School Confidential (Terry Zwigoff, 2006)

#31 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:20 pm

This overlooked gem of a film is getting a Blu-ray release on October 9 from niche label MVD Visual

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