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Art School Confidential (2006)
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Bitter, misanthropic, yet sometimes blisteringly funny,Art School Confidentialis not a movie for everyone. Jerome (Max Minghella,Bee Season) goes to art school in the hopes of having his genuine ability recognized and cherished--but instead, finds his teachers to be self-obsessed has-beens, his peers jaded and floundering, and himself being investigated for a series of gruesome stranglings. He becomes obsessed with a lovely student named Audrey (Sophia Myles,Tristan and Isolde), but she's more interested in hunky Jonah (Matt Keeslar,Splendor), whose crude yet acclaimed paintings of cars and tanks make Jerome want to tear his own eyes out. The crime-thriller plot ofArt School Confidential, however, is merely a contrivance to string together a series of caustic digs at the shallow, narcissistic, talentless hacks who go to art school in the vain hope of achieving fame, wealth, and sexual abundance with little or no effort. For most viewers, who want to think that people are largely well-intentioned and decent, this will seem snide and cruel; but for some viewers, who believe people are foolish and blinkered,Art School Confidentialwill seem like an oasis in the arid desert of lies and propaganda about the good side of human nature. If this is your movie, you know who you are, and I encourage you to seek it out as soon as possible. Directed by Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa) and based on the work of cartoonist Dan Clowes; their previous collaboration was the much warmerGhost World. ...
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Director: Terry Zwigoff
Screen Writer: Daniel Clowes
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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