Matthew Barney: No Restraint

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  • Summary: How does artist Matthew Barney use 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, a factory whaling vessel and traditional Japanese rituals to create his latest art project? Barney plowed the waters off the coast of Nagasaki to film his massive endeavor, Drawing Restraint 9. The documentary MatthewHow does artist Matthew Barney use 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, a factory whaling vessel and traditional Japanese rituals to create his latest art project? Barney plowed the waters off the coast of Nagasaki to film his massive endeavor, Drawing Restraint 9. The documentary Matthew Barney: No Restraint journeys to Japan with Barney and his collaborator Bjork, as the visual artist creates a "narrative sculpture" telling a fantastical love story of two characters that transform from land mammals into whales. (IFC First Take) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Maybe because I happen to be reading "Moby Dick" and was therefore more open to the wider world of whale metaphor, I found Chernick's view of Barney and his working entourage riveting.
  2. 75
    Chernick may not answer every question about this beguiling and enigmatic film, but you wouldn't want it to: Mystery is an essential part of the Barney experience.
  3. 70
    Whatever audiences might have wanted to know about sculptor-filmmaker Matthew Barney but were too embarrassed to ask is revealed in accessible documentary Matthew Barney: No Restraint.
  4. While not as balanced or fully satisfying as it should be, Matthew Barney: No Restraint will fit naturally as a pairing for future theatrical and DVD exposures of Barney's controversial works.
  5. 60
    Chernick's film traces the creation of Barney's "narrative sculpture" with open curiosity and an alert, amiable eye.
  6. Alison Chernick's film skims the surface of a strange and celebrated career. After a meager 72 minutes, the man who once stretched an obsession with testicles into a five-film cycle remains as unknowable as ever.
  7. 38
    As blandly lucid as Barney's is wildly and perplexingly imaginative.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Sep 26, 2012
    10
    absolutely breathtaking
  2. JamesL.
    Dec 21, 2006
    7
    Much is revealed about the artist's method but little is revealed about the artist himself in this compelling documentary. I was Much is revealed about the artist's method but little is revealed about the artist himself in this compelling documentary. I was confused after seeing his Cremaster Cycle at the Guggenheim; I am still confused after seeing this movie - and that is not an entirely bad thing. Go with an open mind. Expand
  3. jacobf.
    Dec 29, 2006
    2
    A hybrid of Walt Disney and Marilyn Manson... icky and banal. But it's very very trendy, and what else really matters?

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