Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The Club’s theme for May is: F is for Fake. E is for Essence.
May is turning sweet again, as yard work & gardening call for our attention. Art, with a capital “A” still underscores our films this month, whether in the colorful world of Jazz, or street art.
Robert Roten of the LARAMIE MOVIE SCOPE wrote: “Since virtually anything can be considered Art these days, the term becomes virtually meaningless. Banksy”s EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP proves it.”
Our second feature for the theme is Banksy’s EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (2010), that created a lot of buzz a few years ago when it played at the Grand Cinema. Our theatrical film, MILES AHEAD, is still playing at the Grand; hustle out to see it. If you have the opportunity to see Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in BORN TO BE BLUE, try to do that as well.
Banksy, as many know, is a British graffiti artist, who has become extremely successful, & is known for his intricate stencil street art images that have socio-political content. This was his first film. He has painted murals on walls & bridges all over the world. This was his first film, his first foray into directing. He’s directed 7 films to date, including THE ANTICS ROADSHOW (2011), BANKSY DOES NEW YORK (2014), & WELCOME TO GAZA (2015).
Banksy remains anonymous, initially because graffiti is illegal in many places–but now it has become his trademark. When he wins awards, he’s a no show & sends a representative. His work has made a lot of money, but the gallery shows, he labels as unauthorized. It has been thought that possibly he is Robert Banks, or Robin Gunningham, or possibly a woman, or maybe even a group of seven artists.
Banksy: “Yeah, I was faced with that terrible thing, when somebody shows you their work, & everything about it is shit. So, you don’t know where to start.”
The cinematography was done by thirteen people, led by Thierry Gueta (Mr. Brainwash). Banksy said: “Our film was made by a small team. It would have been even smaller if the editors didn’t keep having nervous breakdowns.”
The music was done by Geoff Barrow, a rock musician, who has written scores for 7 films, including TO KILL A DEAD MAN (1994), DEATH OF A CEMETERY (2012), & EX MACHINA (2015). He has written songs that have been in 28 other film soundtracks.
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (2010)
Directed by Banksy @ 87 minutes.
The film stars Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, & Zeus. It is narrated by Rhys Ifans. Uncredited cameos by Christina Aguilera, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jude Law, & Jay Leno.
Synopsis: This odd, but sweet film is a quasi-documentary/comedy about Banksy & other world famous street graffiti artists. The “plot”is concerned with an eccentric French shopkeeper who tries to make a documentary on Banksy, but ends up being the subject of another film directed by Banksy.
Taglines: How one man set out to film the unfilmable–& failed.
The world’s first street art disaster movie.
Rotten Tomatoes rated it at 96% Critic’s Approval, & 91% Audience Approval. IMDb rated it at 8 stars. It was nominated for an Oscar as Best Documentary. It won the Independent Spirit Award.
Robert Nilsen of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC wrote: “The plain fact is that it doesn’t matter whether the film is true or not. Either way, it is fascinating, we end up learning a lot–& it’s a great film.
David Nusair of REEL FILM REVIEWS wrote: “This is an irritatingly misguided and pointless piece of work.”
Drew McWeeny of HITFIX wrote: “Energetic, exciting, & at times illegal–but always a wicked treat.
So mark your calendars for this lucky Friday the 13th, & join the Tacoma Film Club at CSL for the fun & informative screening of Banksy’s EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP. It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL), the church building that we rent for our club events. It is located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of J & Division.
Arrive early, around 6:30 a.m., & join some of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages to share with others. Please remember to clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to watch the movie. No food or drink is allowed in the sanctuary. There is a donation box near the entrance to the sanctuary. All donated funds are used to cover the rent of the space, & other Club expenses.
Diane Jensen, the TFC director, will be there with 2016 membership cards for those who would like to join the Club, or renew their membership for this year. The cost is still only $20.00 annually; not changed in 12 years. This year we honor Elizabeth Taylor on the card. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP will screen at 7:30 p.m. & it runs 87 minutes, so the curtain will come down before 9:30 pm. See you at the movies!