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Inspirations Review


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Michael Apted's Inspirations was made five years ago and only now is seeing much daylight -- documenting the art and entertainment world in much the same way he looked at the scientific community in his later Me & Isaac Newton.

The ostensible highlight here -- as Apted probes the titular "inspirations" for his collection of musicians, painters, sculptors, architects, and choreographers -- are interviews with renowned painter Roy Lichenstein and famous musician David Bowie. Unfortunately, their inspirations are not terribly compelling as cinema. The genesis of Lichtenstein's pop art is revealed (obviously) as his love of comics. Bowie doesn't seem to have any inspiration at all except to do what he wants to do, critics and audiences be damned.

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How To Draw A Bunny Review


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Ray Johnson, a member of Andy Warhol's gang, early pop artist, and enigmatic New York scion, has never been a tip-of-the-tongue celebrity. Though he worked for some 50 years, no single image has become synonymous with his name.

How to Draw a Bunny, a documentary from John W. Walter chronicling his life and work, aludes in title to one of his most common themes, simple bunny heads he would scratch on many of his works. What's the meaning of the bunny head, the Lucky Strike logo, or Elvis Presley's face -- all items that appear throughout his oeuvre? Walter doesn't have an answer, and he's not really trying to give us one, anyway. Instead we're treated to a rare look into his upbringing and artistic method, thanks to numerous interviews with Johnson's friends, family, and cohorts (not to mention a few interview clips of Johnson himself, shot before he drowned in 1995).

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