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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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"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.Read more ›
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.
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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... Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Chris Francz
Excellent documentary on "bombing" graffiti/urban/street art by well known graffiti artists. I especially liked the time lapse graffiti mural that they include.Published on June 27, 2013 by VIRGINIA DACOSTA
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 artPublished on April 1, 2013 by Kevin Welsh
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
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 morePublished on March 14, 2010 by C. Diaz