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My Art DVD Review


“My Art” is as pretentious as they come.

In “My Art,” the story revolves around an aging artist named Ellie who housesits for a wealthy renowned artist (Logan) in upstate NY with her aging dog Bing. While there, Ellie tries to work on her own art again while she socializes with friends and includes them in her own art.

New York hipsters, modern art, a meandering story that doesn’t go anywhere, Lena Dunham- if any of these things appeal to you, “My Art” is the movie for you. If not, you’re going to have a tough time getting through this film like I did.

Written by, directed by and starring photographer Laurie Simmons (the mother of Lena Dunham), “My Art” could have been an engaging piece that takes digs at modern art or explores personal and professional lives, but instead, it comes up empty on all fronts. Laurie Simmons clearly has a nice eye for visuals (which makes sense since she is a photographer) and, indeed, the film’s visual style is impressive. The film’s odes to classic films (which are part of Ellie’s art) in particular are easily the best thing here as it reminds you of better films you could be watching. Outside of the imagery, however, the writing and acting by Simmons leaves much to be desired. Simply put, her acting is mediocre to say the least and she can’t carry this film. She gets help from supporting actors like Robert Clohessy (who plays the landscaper Frank) and Blair Brown (best known as Judy King in “Orange is the New Black”), but they can only do much. From a writing perspective, the film is a meandering mess. There’s no real conflict, there’s no real characterization or character arcs, and there’s no real ending. In fact, there’s not much to latch onto here at all since the script is underwritten to a puzzling degree in almost every aspect.


Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? As mentioned above, the film is well shot and, as such, it looks satisfactory even in standard definition.

Audio Track: 5.1 Surround. How does it sound? The track doesn’t have a ton to do here, but it does the job.

The only extras are a dry commentary by Laurie Simmons, Film Movement trailers and a trailer for “My Art.”

January 25, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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