Art School Confidential (2006)

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Within the first 10 minutes of watching Art School Confidential (2006) I knew that I was watching something special. The last time Director Terry Zwigoff teamed up with writer Daniel Clowes they gave us Ghost World (2001) — another great film.

Art School Confidnetial is clever and funny in the way it pokes fun at the whole art school experience. I loved the characters who desperately want to become recognized artists, showing their work in fancy galleries.

The main character played by Max Minghella (yes his dad is famous director Anthony) wants to be the next Picasso so he paints everything as Picasso would. His roomate played by Ethan Suplee is making an awful slasher film. The script is terrible — one cliché after another. Finally, during a script reading, an actress stops and asks Suplee’s character,

Why do you want to regurgitate this Hollywood crap for the gazillionth time? Don’t you have anything original to say?

I love this line because a good artist needs to find their own voice. Think different. Develop their own style. Be original. And even if a great artist can do all of things there’s no guarantee of success.

John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Angelica Huston and Steve Buscemi round out the cast in this dark comedy. Jim Broadbent is great in his role of a washed, alcoholic artist on the edge.

I haven’t really said what the film is about. If you want a synopsis then read the back of the DVD. If you want to be pleasantly surprised then just rent this disc and enjoy the demented vision of Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff.

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