Month: July 2011

Movie Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Last night I watched Exit Through the Gift Shop.  It was a documentary directed by Banksy, the infamous street artist.  I watched it out of plain curiousity since I don’t know much about street art.  I thought this movie was great.  It was comical, put together well, and had a lot of cool footage and interesting artists.  Not to ruin the movie, but it is mainly about the evolution of the artist/filmaker Mr. Brainwash who befriends Shepard Fairey and eventually Banksy.

Reading up on this movie, there are rumors that it was a hoax by Banksy and that there is no Mr. Brainwash.  On the other hand, Mr.Brainwash.com states he had a big show at Art Basil last year in Miami.  I completely missed it -_-

Eitherway, the movie is entertaining and makes you think about art and its commercialization. So add it to your Queue on Netflix 🙂

Book Review: Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice is the diary of a 15 year old girl that takes a downward spiral into a life full of drugs and sex.  This book was a dark read, yet it keeps you interested until the end.

The book is written by an anonymous author and claims to be based on a true story. However, I started to doubt this as I was reading. At times the descriptions and language used by the author are too detailed to be coming from a 15 year old girl.  But at the same time, some of the entries are so nonchalant and the writer is so oblivious to their addiction it seemed real.  Either way, it’s an interesting and shocking read.  It’s also fun reading the slang used in the 70’s.  I can’t imagine how hard it would be to stay away from drugs in that era. Especially, if the straight kids were considered “square”.

There seems to be a lot of controversy about the authorship of the book.  Per Wikipedia, Beatrice Sparks, a Mormon psychologist, claims the story is based on the diary of one of her patients, but that she had added various fictional incidents based on her experiences working with other troubled teens. She is listed on the copyright record as the book’s author — not as the editor, compiler, or executor, which would be more usual for someone publishing the diary of a deceased person.  It also states, she was unable to produce the actual diary and later wrote a similar book, Jay’s Journal based on the diary of a boy who commits suicide after joining an occult. The relatives of the boy the book was based on claim Sparks only used a handful of real events and made up the rest.

If anything the book was meant as a deterrent for drug use.  It was also made into a made-for-TV movie in 1973.  I am a bit curious to watch it since I am a movie buff.  However, I did read some comments from people who watched it as teens, that it had the opposite affect and glorified drugs in their eyes. 

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses is a fun movie period.  Basically its about 3 friends that agree to kill each others bosses, because they are ruining their lives.  It has a great cast with silly characters that just makes you laugh.  The quirky, yet awful bosses are all played by famous actors from Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrel.  They do a great job of acting outside of their usual roles.  And lets not forget Charlie Day (who I have a slight crush on), who steals all the scenes with his antics as the not so bright part of the trio. 

BTW if you haven’t seen Always Sunny in Philadelphia, watch it.  Chalie Day is in it and basically plays the same type of character as he does in Horrible Bosses.  Always Sunny has a great cast as well, although not as famous and the story lines are hilarious.

Not Guilty Verdict for Casey Anthony

Well if you have a TV, Facebook or Twitter account you can easily see how upset everyone has been over the verdict of this trial.  Unfortunately, the state could not prove that she killed her daughter beyond reasonable doubt to the jury.  And if you have ever had any experience in court (whether State or Federal), it also shows you the power of attorney and the benefit of paying for a lawyer as opposed to a public defender. 

Casey was acquitted of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse, but was found guilty on four counts of misdemeanor providing false information to a law enforcement officer.  She may face a maximum of 4 years for these counts.  However, I feel the verdict clearly shows the flaw in the judicial system.  Casey failed to report her daughter missing for 30 days, went around acting like nothing was wrong, constantly lied to the police and obstructed the investigation, drove around a car with a suspiciously smelling trunk, but was found “not guilty”?  People with lesser crimes have been found guilty and sentenced to longer terms.

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Book Review: A Child Called “It”

A Child Called “It”, is Dave Peltzer’s account of his childhood and the abuse he endoured from his alcoholic mother.  This book is actually the first part of a trilogy.  The author makes note, that the book is written in the language and point of view of a child between the ages of 4 and 12.  Therefore, it is a quick and easy read for anyone.

The author keeps you interested until the end.  The methods of torture devised by his mom are unbelievable.  Not to ruin any details, but at one point she makes him hold his hand over the stove top.  You cannot imagine that a mother would ever inflict this type of abuse on a child.  You want to continue reading just to find out, why? How does he survive? It is hard to imagine that he was singled out by his mother as opposed to his other siblings and you want to keep reading to solve the mystery of this odd behavior.  Another thing that amazes me from this story is the fact that the abuse kept going for so long.  Family, neighbors, and school faculty just dismissed David as a “troubled” kid and did not do anything about it for years.

Unfortunately, since this book is just part 1 of 3, it leaves you with many unanswered questions.  Therefore, I am looking forward to reading part 2, The Lost Boy. And recommend you read A Child Called “It”.