A Private War
Crazy Rich Asians
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A remarkably compact and engaging overview of the history and ideology of this urban outlaw art form.
Genuinely global, multicultural, and multilingual in its urban perspectives.
Jon Reiss' high-energy doc hops all across the globe in order to paint the fullest portrait of the most modern art.
What distinguishes Jon Reiss's lively, sure-handed film from the rest is that it widens the spectrum by taking a comprehensively international viewpoint.
The subject is never less than fascinating, though the film's repetitive format and reiteration of the same points ad infinitum will wear you down before the paint can dry.
Bomb It's uncritical survey of world graffiti culture nods to history and cave art, then basically repeats itself.
Their increasingly colorful, elaborate and large signatures sparked heated debate: Was graffiti an emerging art, a legitimate form of social criticism or vandalism pure and simple?
A colorful examination of property and public space, the rebellion of self-expression and an art form that's as controversial in art galleries as it is on the streets.
Jon Reiss' globetrotting documentary may not move people to hug their local graffiti tagger, but it at least gives context to a practice that many urbanites view as mindless vandalism.
Bomb It offers a new way of looking at the world's cities, courtesy of the art world's fleeting phantoms, who often have to choose between buying food or a can of spray paint.
Bomb It! is a brisk and bracing portrait of the state of the art. Of course, the fact that the art is often a crime comes up ...
Bomb It lays out the history of graffiti art better than any other work that we can remember, and at the core of the film is a poignant social statement.
Documentary about graffiti artists and their motivation, why they do what they do. Rather than just show New York, this one goes across the world, covering different pieces and different artists in Toykyo, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Hamburg, London and shows how the different cultures and different cities influence their work.. Fascinating, entertaining and reasonably even handed view of the origins, development and politics of graffiti, and some beautiful art too, though I guess that depends on your personal view - is it artistic expression or unfettered vandallism? Included are some telling shots of giant billboards to make you ponder over the acceptability of mass corporate advertising in cities, when throwing up a colourful tag can get you arrested.
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