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Bomb It (2008)

Ron English , Shepard Fairey , Jonathan Reiss  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Sixe, Cornbread, Taki 183
  • Directors: Jonathan Reiss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012XIGYQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bomb It" on IMDb

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BOMB IT is a wild ride into the heart of the global graffiti culture where the love of art and ego clashes explosively with law and order. On top of a fresh soundtrack of punk, hip-hop and funk, this high-octane film explores the many manifestations of "bombing."


The movie also considers that bombing (the term of choice for graffiti painters), once deemed a subversive act, has inevitably been co-opted over the last decade or so, its influences turning up in video games and marketing campaigns, and the work itself mounted on gallery walls. But if the artists shown here making magic with spray paint are any indication, graffiti will never go out of style. It will continue to move with the times; with luck, the filmmakers there to document it will do it the justice that this one does. --New York Times

Genuinely global, multicultural, and multilingual in its urban perspectives, this lively documentary features graffiti artists talking about their work and illustrates their discourse with images shot in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Cape Town, Sao Paolo, Tijuana, and Tokyo. Filmmaker Jon Reiss also occasionally gives voice to people trying to eradicate graffiti. The relentless quick cutting and pop soundtrack are counterbalanced by the artists' personalities and sociopolitical credos. Unlike Michael Glawogger's more visionary Megacities (1998), this offers neither city symphonies nor overarching theses, but as the title suggests, the theme of rebellion predominates --Chicago Reader

The Bronx subway "bombers" of the '70s had no idea they'd inspire an international movement, but overseas taggers took the spray paint and ran with it. In this graffiti doc, due in theaters and on DVD in May, Blek Le Rat stencils rodents along Parisian curbs; São Paulo artist Zezao "fat-caps" surreal mindscapes onto sewage tunnels; and Tokyo mom Belx2 splatters walls with little girl pictograms. --Wired

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Director Jon Reiss and producer Tracy Wares take us on a world tour of graffiti in "Bomb It". The film is more supportive of graffiti art than against it, but it does interview individuals who make it their mission to rid neighborhoods of graffiti as well as graffiti artists on 4 continents. There is an undercurrent that questions who should decide what we look at in public spaces, a provocative question but not really the focus of the film. "Bomb It" covers a lot of ground in the history and scope of graffiti art, but to good effect, as we are able to see that graffiti artists are not all alike. Graffiti has evolved over time, and its purpose is different in different cultures and sub-cultures.

"Bomb It" starts by interviewing Cornbread, a Philadelphian whose campaign to tag everything with his moniker in 1967 might make him the first modern graffiti artist. The film avoids the who-did-what-first debate but follows the progression from simple tagging to more elaborate lettering that led graffiti's transformation from an underclass counter-culture movement into one that encompasses a broader artistic movement. Graffiti artists from New York in the 1970s-1980s talk about their exploits before the city began to aggressively clean up graffiti on public property. Other cities whose artists are featured are: Paris, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; London, UK; Berlin, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Capetown, South Africa; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Tokyo, Japan; and Los Angeles, USA.

I've always thought of graffiti as a means of frustrated, energetic, but mostly irresponsible youth lashing out at what they perceive as the status quo. Now I've learned that graffiti art has different significance in different cultures. In South Africa, graffiti was a tool for political change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative and Entertaining! July 6, 2008
Great movie! I saw it with a live audience and everyone in the theatre loved it and was cheering at all the right places. Most people, no matter what their background or status, can identify with the right to self expression and the need to make some kind of a mark on the world.

The format of going around the world from city to city, showing commonalities and differences, works really well in illuminating the scope and significance of graffiti art. The discussion of who owns public spaces and who has the right to express themselves in such places is excellent, and in fact I wish this segment were expanded. The comment of the kid in Barcelona feeling raped by the commercial billboards of semi-naked female and male models is poignant and priceless.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars damn good July 24, 2008
Nice bio about graff. Breaks all different styles down from all around the world. Very well done, they spent some money on producing this one. Well worth my hard earn coin..True graff heads will like it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bomb March 19, 2010
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I originally purchased this documentary with the hope of using it in my 7th grade art class. We are discussing graffiti and community art. Unfortunately, the title "Bomb It" could be the way the f bombs were dropping left and right. But that's something you would have to expect when gang members are being interviewed. I found it to be very interesting and informative. It follows the world of graffiti from its start in Philly to places all over the world. The artists that are featured have different styles and stories to tell. Even though I couldn't show the film to the class, I am still able to impart the history it tells.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Desperate to communicate June 16, 2008
I am so impressed with where this movie goes, it's not just about graffiti.
I loved the animation used at the beginning and how it is sprinkled
throughout, it worked perfectly! Congratulations Jon should be really proud of it.
Plus it says so much about the world and the state it's in, you really get this feeling
that Graffiti is a desperate act to communicate! The movie works on so many levels.
It's a gift to the world, I hope a lot of people see it because they should!
You'll never look at Graffiti the same way again, or billboards for that matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An international scope May 15, 2009
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dvd takes the viewer on a journey throughout the world looking at some of the biggest graffitists out there. most graf dvds will only show the american output on things talking about hiphop, underground, and gang culture - however that's not what graffiti is about. it's about whatever the artist makes of it, however debatable. this dvd is highly recommended, however could show a little more about the journey and ways/craft and less about the art itself
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bomb it... July 2, 2014
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I kinda started to doze off halfway through and haven't watched the rest yet. If you've seen Style Wars and Infamy you don't really need to ever watch another documentary about grafitti.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graffiti Documentary June 27, 2013
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Excellent documentary on "bombing" graffiti/urban/street art by well known graffiti artists. I especially liked the time lapse graffiti mural that they include.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
This movie was awesome, it made me want to go out and paint the town. Extremely well made and great source of information on the street art
Published 18 months ago by Kevin Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Bombin' It
I've seen this movie already, in fact, I have mp4, I just didn't have it with me over the summer and needed to play it for my class. Read more
Published on September 2, 2012 by L. Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Stays in your head
I saw this at the local art house theatre years ago and finally got a copy of my own as I kept thinking about it all the time. Still really interesting!
Published on July 26, 2012 by Red
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent look into the realm of Graffiti...
The documentary was not bad at all, it was put together rather well and seemed to cover many aspects of Graffiti's history. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by J. Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars
this is the bomb! super cool documentary! must have for every graffitti/artist/new age underground counter culture enthusiast or partitioner! very good. chao, BARRO. Read more
Published on March 14, 2010 by C. Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary!!!
I loved this! Even if I wasnt into graffiti or an artist, it held my interest! It made great points, and had lots of amazing imagery. Read more
Published on January 8, 2010 by L. Beaudreau
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome dvd, makes you want to BOMB IT!!!
this is a very comprehensive review of graff work around the world. if you're interested, this movie covers a wide range of topics. a must see!!!
Published on August 25, 2009 by Jessica Gaumann
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