Tag Archives: Exit Through the Gift Shop

The Filmsmith’s Best of 2010

One first reaction to a “Best of” list toward the end of January 2011 might be confusion:  “Why didn’t you write this up at the end of the year like everyone else?”  The major reason is that quite a few notable films of the year didn’t become available until recently.  I had to take a trip to Chicago to see several of these titles, some of which my colleagues still have yet to see.

Now that The Filmsmith is a publication with voices beyond my own, we decided to each draw up our Top Tens of 2010 and wherever there was crossover, lump those together.  Therefore, this is The Filmsmith’s Best of 2010 (individual staff lists will be released tomorrow). Continue reading

Banksy’s Identity briefly available on Ebay.

If you caught Exit Through the Gift Shop this year (see our review here) you weren’t alone if you were left wondering who this enigmatic figure behind the voice changer was. Well, until earlier today, someone claimed to have figured it out-and he was selling the answer on Ebay.

The ad claimed:

“If you win this auction I will reveal to you the true identity of ‘Banksy.’ I have uncovered his identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records. I will reveal no more details. The winner of this auction is the only person that I will ever share this information with. I will simply tell you his name. I cannot offer anything more. I give you 100% assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as ‘Banksy’.”

This seller had previously tried to sell Banksy’s identity on Ebay, but Ebay took that auction down as the item was not something tangible. This time, he claims, the object was a piece of paper upon which Banksy’s true identity would be revealed. However this afternoon, with a little under 24 hours left, Ebay took down his second attempt. They haven’t yet explained why.

This could all be an elaborate prank on the part of Banksy, something not entirely unfamiliar to the graffiti artist; some have suggested that Exit Through the Gift Shop is also a kind of ruse. But for the time being, the shroud of mystery that surrounds Banksy will remain intact.

What do you think? Was this a prank? Is Exit Through the Gift Shop?

-Ben Creech

Catfish mystery satisfying

If you’ve been swimming in the film pond during 2010, you might have heard of a film called Catfish, which was a Sundance sensation at the beginning of last year.  Part of the buzz stemmed from the film’s black-ops secrecy; its tagline (see right) told you not to “let anyone tell you what it is.”  Maybe it doesn’t deserve such secrecy, but what they’ve kept under wraps is a fascinating look at relationships in the 21st century. Continue reading

Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop tickles your brain

2010 was the year of the faux-documentary – or rather, the year of the “documentary…?”  Catfish, I’m Still Here, and Exit Through the Gift Shop all revolved around character studies, and left people questioning their status as “documentary.”  Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film directed by the elusive street artist Banksy, equals the aforementioned titles in the subtleties and philosophical quandaries it presents. Continue reading