Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression (2011)
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Just 86 minutes long with several profile subjects, the film never lacks context.
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Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression (2011) B Without focusing on the pieces of art themselves, Vigilante Vigilante manages to be more entertaining than other graffiti documentaries. The film's colorful subjects are three older men in Los Angeles, Berkeley, and New Orleans, who've made it their self-appointed duty to paint over street art. The filmmakers question these vigilant characters (called "buffers") about their personal vendetta to "take back" their neighborhoods. Meanwhile, advertising bombards our visual landscapes, and only art that feeds the capitalist market is condoned by law. Mainstream media typically accentuates graffiti tags over murals or pieces, and exaggerates the link to gang culture. Vigilante Vigilante raises myriad sociological & philosophical questions about the subversive art form and the subversive men who undermine it. Equal time is given to graffiti writers and buffers. But with a clear bias toward the artists, the film paints the buffers as obsessive hypocrites, whom themselves are expressing suppression. Boosted by cogent conversations with academic theologists, journalists, politicians, and veteran street artists, the astute filmmakers turn a potentially unwieldy collection of opinions and footage into a coherent, funny, and extremely thought-provoking discussion. 86 B Acting -- Directing B+ Cinematography C+ Music & Sound B- Story A- In Class With: Bomb It, Piece by Piece, A Day in the Lyfe, and This Film Is Not Yet Rated www.filmnation.blogspot.com
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