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Art School Confidential (2006)

A movie directed by Terry Zwigoff

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One of those dark comedies you just might relate to

  • May 24, 2011
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Oddly enough I can relate to this insane film but who doesn't relate to a dark comedy every now and then. They sort of shed light on the stuff in the world that shouldn't be funny but we sometimes snicker at. Art School Confidential is definitely a film you will constantly laugh at or even say WOW! I thought I was the only who felt like that. The film even has these sort of subtle moments that breakthrough to you or at least to me. Not only does it give you that comedy but its a bit of a love story as well without all the lovey dovey crap. 

Jerome (Max Minghella) has his moments of being a bullied nerd to his beautiful pieces of art. He is an artist trying to be Picasso in a time and place or school where the art is that is accepted is nothing close to the word. To truly explain the movies sarcasm it would remind you of Orange County. Everyone and nothing around makes sense except a few things. To sum it up Jerome is a bit of a sheltered nerd who is trying to come out of his shell in his freshman year of college.  Every work of art he makes is amazing but his peers who are psychotic art majors as well shut down everything he puts on a canvas. In his art classes, he forms a friendship with perennial loser, Bardo (Joel Moore), who guides him through the college scene and introduces him to a failed artist, Jimmy (Jim Broadbent), a belligerent drunk. Everything y0u would need to get through a new world right? but this isn't enough to help him get the true love he's been chasing even before he met her. 

Jerome looks for love amongst the coeds, but is turned off by them all as the next one is crazier than the last. He finds the art model  Audrey (Sophia Myles) whose picture helped make his decision to go to the current school he's attending. The community has been wracked by a serial killer, the Strathmore Strangler, who has confounded the police. As Jerome slowly loses his idealism at art school, he finds himself In competition with a strange newcomer, Jonah (Matt Keeslar) (an undercover detective), both for Audrey's affection and for artistic recognition. The main plot which is the mystery of the strangler is kind of there just to give it a climax that doesn't really make the film what it is.

All in all I loved this film, I loved the directing which I thought gave the film a perfect mix of love, comedy, and the darkness that makes it a dark comedy. Max Minghella who played Jerome was perfect, sort of a rival for the Michael Cera types out there. He plays the sheltered disappointed teen very well even making his depressed scenes very believable. Sometimes you do get disappointed quickly and most of us find out around that time in life. Also we have these times where only we see the logic or the madness in something as while others seem like they're on another planet. I loved every minute of Art School Confidential and would recommend any viewer to watch it more than once.
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November 22, 2011
Great write up
November 25, 2011
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review by . October 19, 2006
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ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL is yet another comic book comes to celluloid life, this time by writer Daniel Clowes, and in the process creates more subplots than it can comfortably handle. The main premise - that art schools are peopled by assorted types of students all with the goal of becoming a great artist and the manner in which attrition occurs - is a solid one and an entertaining tale to tell. Cluttering that main line of story with a silly stalking strangler idea is just plain dumb and accomplishes …
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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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