I Only Watch Documentaries, and Trash TV // Beauty is Embarrassing

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Most of the time I watch trash television. But not always. Because luckily, television is getting better. But a long time ago I made the proclamation that “I only watch Documentaries, and trash TV.” So today we bring you another of many documentary reviews to come. Cheers!Beauty-is-Embarrassing

TITLE: Beauty is Embarassing

RUN TIME: 88 minutes

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix

RELEASE DATE: 2012

BACKSTORY: Wayne White is an artist whose work you’ve most indubitably seen. Like most great artists, you’ve seen their work – but don’t know their name. That’s okay though. “Beauty is Embarrassing” s a story about a young artist’s rise to the top, fall from grace, and then his struggle with life as he returns to the limelight. Wayne White is a painter, art director, puppeteer, set designer, cartoonist, dreamer, inspirer, in my mind comedian, and so much more. He got his first big break when he created the set for PeeWee’s Playhouse. He then directed a few Emmy Award Winning music videos before his struggle to find himself really began. Wayne struggles, but doesn’t really mind, to break back into the mainstream art scene when he takes on a new challenge. Words on landscapes. The problem? He didn’t paint the landscapes. Just the words on top of the landscape paintings he found at thrift shops. Some of his best work is titled:

“He Was Drunk And Mama Went And Got Him”

“We Were Partyin At The Lake And This Girl Starts Freakin Out”

“Alabama Mofo”

And many others including the word Fuck. It’s a thrilling ride as Wayne struggles to find balance between his professional and personal life. He has a family. He inspires his family. Wayne is a man’s man and in a round about way on a mission to stick it to the man. He doesn’t care one way or the other, but one thing is for sure – Wayne White proves that anything is possible, and you don’t have to play by the rules to become successful. That, and you must have a little bit of a sense of humor if you want to pursue life as an artist.

IT’S BETTER THAN, BUT BARELY: Just Like Being There

BUT NOT BETTER THAN: Exit Through the Gift Shop

GRADE: A

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