|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [Hangout-NYLXS] For your consideration: Two more films
|On 03/02/2017 04:41 AM, Rick Moen wrote:
> I've already recommended 'Duplicity' (quoted below). But all of the
> discussion about art and about art authentication has reminded me of a
> couple of other films relevant to those themes:
I'm going to be off line for a few days. Your in charge.
> 1. Tim's Vermeer.
> This is a 2013 documentary directed and produced (respectively) by
> magicians Teller and Penn Jillette, about an obsessive and ultimately
> successful projects by one of their amazing friends. Tim Jenison,
> well-to-do inventor of the Amiga Video Toaster and LightWave 3D,
> believed he'd figured out how 17th Century Dutch painter Johannes
> Vermeer produced his stunningly realistic painting effects even in an
> era without photography, and decided to prove the point by painting a
> replica of one of Vermeer's classics, The Music Lesson, using nothing
> but 17th C. techniques and materials, using a brilliantly simple optics
> tool he figured Vermeer used. This is truly fascinating stuff, geeky on
> a very satisfying level. Jenison raised the question, to what extent
> was Vermeer an artist and to what extent was he a technology-user?
> The implications are profound.
> Look up the Wikipedia page and the Rotten Tomatoes review page (89% on
> the Tomatometer, by the way). You'll find that the movie reviewers were
> utterly intrigued, whereas the art historians were offended.
> I've just watched this in a gorgeous BluRay rendition. It's a winner.
> 2. Exit Through the Gift Shop.
> Another documentary (2010) by legendary British street artist Banksy,
> telling the story of French artist-on-the-make Thierry Guetta in Los
> Angeles, who is obsessed with street art. Many amusing misadventures
> follow, culminating somehow in a train-wreck of an art show that somehow
> becomes a roaring success.
> Is Guetta a real, genuine artist? Is the entire film a hoax? Is it a
> prankumentary? Does it really matter? Either way, it's funny as hell.
> Also, didn't I mention that the 1999 remake movie of The Thomas Crown
> Affair, which is all about art, art forgery, and art theft, will rock
> your world? See it!
> ----- Forwarded message from Rick Moen -----
> Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:09:45 -0800
> From: Rick Moen
> To: hangout-at-nylxs.com
> Subject: Duplicity (2009 film)
> Organization: If you lived here, you'd be $HOME already.
> If you enjoyed The Usual Suspects, and if you're considering
> watching the 1999 Thomas Crown Affair remake (Russo, Brosnan, Leary),
> then probably you like smart, twisty, funny caper films. I have another
> one for you, equally golden. Like the other films mentioned, it has a
> puzzle plot. If you like puzzle plots, this may be for you.
> Duplicity is a 2009 romantic crime comedy film written and directed by
> Tony Gilroy, and starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts. The plot follows
> two corporate spies with a romantic history who [RM: snip spoilers].
> The film was released on March 20, 2009.
> (Wikipedia page.)
> 65% on the Tomatometer, which I don't think even remotely does it
> And: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXC_-UU2QOs
> ----- End forwarded message -----
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