Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Movie Review: Beauty is Embarrassing (CIFF 2012)

Documentaries are not usually films that I go out of my way to see. I check out the occasional one on TV when I am having a lazy day, but paying money at a theatre to see one? That rarely happens….actually, the only time I ever do this is during the film festival, which is surprising because the docs are always some of my favourite features.

Anyways, enough of my rambling. So obviously Beauty is Embarrassing was a documentary. It was the story of Wayne White, an artist who worked in the entertainment industry for years and is now becoming famous for his paintings of letters over old landscape pictures that he finds at thrift stores (below)…they are extra awesome because they are either offensive or contain the word F-ck, which clearly I think is hilarious.

Artists, actors, musicians and other generally eccentric personalities are the most common people to write biographies of or create movies around. Why is this? Because they are all f-cking crazy. I mean this in the most loving way possible, but it's true. People are fascinated by lunacy – so it should be no surprise when I say that Wayne is quite a character and an odd ball. The narrative of the story follows him from childhood in rural Tennessee (which he claims was where Hillbilly comes from) to New York working on Pee Wee's Playhouse to LA where he grew his portfolio and his family.

Sometimes I wish I were an artist because with that lifestyle comes a freedom to do whatever the hell you want, say whatever you want and create whatever you want and claim it as art. You also have no path you have to follow, you can be like Wayne and start a new career path when you are in your 50s. How fantastic would that be? Then I remember I have bills to pay, I'm not crazy and I don't really ever want the possibility of being homeless.

For the record, Wayne and his family were never homeless, but he did once work in a sweat shop…and that is close enough for me.


Side note: Ever read something you wrote and think, "Was I high?" I apologize if this review makes no sense.

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