#18: EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Director: Banksy
Stars: Thierry Guetta, Banksy, Shepard Fairey
Complex co-sign: Even if this so-called “prankumentary” is in fact a load of make-believe hooey, we’d still want to grab some graffiti cans and tag a glowing review on a subway wall. French documentarian Guetta searches throughout Los Angeles for Banksy, a prolific street artist who’s never been caught on film. Some say Exit Through the Gift Shop is as phony as Joaquin Phoenix’s rap-bent I’m Still Here, yet it’s tough to ignore its fascinating portrait of the illegal art scene, a subculture notorious for colorful anarchism. For those of us who can’t even draw convincing stick figures, Exit Through the Gift Shop paints a wicked picture.