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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Art School Confidential Website

Sweet Baby Jesus! Just about every week, I drop by Sony Pictures Classics to see if the freakin' trailer for Art School Confidential, the new movie from Terry Zwigoff (of Crumb/Ghost World fame) and Dan Clowes (original cartoonist/author of Ghost World). The website is finally up, with some information about the movie, but no trailer yet. Evidently, it played at Sundance (unfortunately, I can't find many positive reviews...). For anybody who has been through art school, the original cartoon is a work of unparalleled genius. I can only hope that with stellar supporting actors like John Malkovich and Jim Broadbent, the art school archetypes will be well-skewered. Here's the Village Voice's capsule review:

Terry Zwigoff's Art School Confidential, from a Daniel Clowes screenplay, is a satisfyingly bilious satire with two not entirely unserious points to make: (a) most art sucks and (b) this is the case because the controlling institutions are eminently corruptible. The film was disliked across the board. A pity, since the career advice Jim Broadbent's washed-up painter gives to Max Minghella's ambitious student—"Are you a 'great artist' when it comes to fellatio?"—would have easily topped last year's accidental catchphrase: "It's hard out here for a pimp," from Hustle & Flow, which Art School improves on as a meditation on art and fame.
Here's a link to a great profile of Clowes by The Guardian. The last release schedule that I saw listed the film for April or May. I can't wait to judge for myself.



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