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Tiny Furniture

Directed by:  Lena Dunham

Written by:  Lena Dunham

Produced by:  Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

Starring:  Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham

Run Time:  98 minutes

“Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is(taken from the films summary).”  Lucky for Aura, she’s surrounded by witty hipsters and sassy women to help her on her journey of self enlightenment.  Tiny Furniture is about a young entitled girl, who basically the personality of a rock and her struggle through life even though she really doesn’t have any problems.  Tiny Furniture offers nothing original, is badly written and is basically made for those people who like to think they’re intelligent but in reality are complete dullards.

The story behind Tiny Furniture is horrendous.  In fact, it’s so bad that even the description of film on its very own website makes the film look horrible.  It’s one thing to have a bad review but when the filmmakers, producers, directors and actors can’t even explain the story in a way that would be interesting or motivating, there’s a big problem.  To prove my point, I’m going break down a piece of the story using the filmmakers very own words.  (See the complete story plot here: )

“22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother’s TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs.”

That sounds great doesn’t it?  No, it sounds lame and the worst part about it is that it’s not even an honest description of the movie. What the summary neglects to tell a potential film viewer is that she has 357 views on here Youtube because her videos are horrible.  It also states that her boyfriend left her to go find himself at Burning Man which is in Nevada but we find out he moved to Colorado ruining that explanation.  It also mentions the non-event of her hamster dying like it was somehow important to the story when the reality was the characters didn’t seem to care whatsoever.  That’s just the first sentence of the description; do I really need to break down the entire summary of this garbage film?  None of it makes any sense and it seems as if it’s just written to make people think that there is something to the story and characters when the sad truth is that none of it is worth caring about and makes little if any sense.

Every character in Tiny Furniture is completely enraging; to the point where I could only dream that the movie would end in a fiery car crash where Aura is having that near death flashback about her life.  The characters aren’t believable and if they are based on real life people, it’s more of a sad statement about the pettiness and stupidity of humanity in general.  I’ve never seen a movie with so many horrible characters and to put that in perspective, I watch plenty of late night B-Movies.  I’ve have had more of an emotional response watching the acting/characters on TNA Wrestling, who sadly have more depth, are more realistic and much more interesting than the characters in Tiny Furniture.

Most of the dialog in the film is completely the same from character to character showing a lack of creative writing ability and also that the actors lack personality since some actors actually improvise to make their characters sound more natural.  Of course the lack of creativity with the dialog is masked by their placebo intellectualism as the characters speak with each other only to have what they say fall apart under any scrutiny becoming completely moronic.  Does anyone really think talking about anime porn is interesting or listening to emotional entitled girl complain about how difficult her life is would make interesting dialog?

There is a silver lining to Tiny Furniture:  Even though the story, actors, dialog and characters are as bad as they come, the film was made with cheap equipment that would be easy for an aspiring filmmaker to purchase.  The fact that anyone can get a camera and can make a good quality movie speaks for the advancement in film technology more so than it does for the filmmaker.  Tiny Furniture should be an inspiration to up and coming artists that they too can make a film with little money and one would hope that people who do follow Dunham’s lead and make movies that are actually worth watching.

Tiny Furniture fails on almost every level and there’s no reason anyone should take the time to watch it. This movie is so bad that I feel it’s safe to tell you that if the film resonates with you at all, you should seriously consider buying a shotgun to shoot yourself in the head.  Anyone who likes this film is a total pretentious asshole.  If you like this film, I whole heartedly want you to kill yourself and spare the world having to deal with your oversensitive entitled hipster nonsense. There really is no point to the film, the story is pure rubbish and the idea that anyone would care about a girl who really doesn’t have any problems slowly breaking down for no reason at all is insanely stupid.  The only people who could possibly like this movie are those fake intellectuals who are more concerned about looking smart then actually being smart.  I hate Aura, I hate her friends, I hate her journey and most of all, I hate this movie.  There’s absolutely nothing moving or original about Tiny Furniture.

[Rating: 1 out of 10]

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Jean-Michel Basquait:  The Radiant Child

Directed by: Tamra Davis

Produced by: David Koh, Lilly Bright, Stanley Buchthal, Alexis Spraic

Run Time: 88 Min

I’ll be honest with you; I think most modern art is pure rubbish. The last time I went to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was with my mom for her birthday to see a Yoko Ono exhibit. As I explored the museum, I found 3 blank canvases, a painting with some squiggly lines that you would see in a day care and a toilet in a glass maze which were all being debated by young people wearing sweaters that their grandparents gave them. Needless to say, I left the museum annoyed that I had wasted a day supporting talentless hacks and at the same time been forced to endure the sounds of people debating the social value of the “masterpieces” I had just seen. It didn’t take much time for me to realize the popularity of modern art, like the taste of wine(check out the studies showing how people think wine that costs more tastes better), is more subject to reputation and hype than it is actual talent. Why do I start off a review telling you about my opinion of modern art? I’m telling you because Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a journey into the modern art community and basically reinforces whatever you already thought about modern art. If you’re an avid art buff you’ll think the film is touching and if you’re like me, it’ll solidify your predisposition that artists and art critics are complete snobby asses.

Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child chronicles the rise and fall of Jean Basquiat starting from the time he left home in search of fame. The backbone of the film is a rare interview of Basquiat that his friend and director of the film Tamra Davis shot of him at the height of his career over 20 years ago. The movie is also packed with interviews with his friends and colleagues who either dated, worked or sold his art. The documentary itself feels more like tribute to the too short life of troubled Basquiat who some consider “the most influential artist of his generation.”

Tamra Davis has been directing movies for years and her experience shows with how well the documentary is produced and directed. Even though I’m not a fan of the artist, I am a fan of how the movie was structured. The music that played throughout the film fits perfectly and though I wasn’t wearing a beret was able to thoroughly enjoy it. The movie mixed archived footage with recent interviews seamlessly giving the film a terrific flow which kept it entertaining throughout its duration.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of the film is unsaid commentary of how fame and wealth effects people and their relationships. Basquiat seemed to be more stable in the beginning of the movie, when he was a young struggling artist, than he was after he achieved his goal of being famous which is something we see with celebrities in general. It’s an all too common tragedy when people achieve their dream but forget those little things that make life worth living, namely friends, family and what inspired them dream in the first place.

Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child does everything well, the story is seamless, the editing is superb and it’s a perfect film for those people who appreciate modern art. My only complaints about the movie are personal ones derived from my intense dislike of the subject matter and my own personal opinion of the modern art culture. This movie did absolutely nothing to make me question or change my opinion but, since it’s more of a tribute to the artist, it doesn’t have to. Again, I’ll be honest with you; while the subject isn’t for me, it still makes for a very good watch and is perfect for just about anyone who likes modern art or documentaries in general.