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The Art of Pain (2008)

 -  Comedy  -  July 2008 (USA)
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A lazy painter learns that great art comes from pain as his life is ruined by a ninja.



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Credited cast:
Marshall Bean ...
Lauren Ashley Bishop ...
Sharon (as Lauren Bishop)
Greg Brookens ...
Danielle Brothers ...
Martha Russell
Dale Chapman ...
Nick's father
Wesley Chu ...
Lead ninja
Fratty McFrat
Anders Erickson ...
Elliott Fredland ...
Kiel Frieden ...
Shoved theater patron
Jake Hames ...
Patrick Higgs ...
Brother Francis
George Romano


INSPIRE AN ARTIST, RUIN HIS LIFE - The peace of the mall movie theater is about to be shattered! Jack, a stagnated painter, must train new theater employee Marcus, a rage filled, motorcycle-riding martial artist. Marcus hits on Jack's actress girlfriend Sharon, and really gets the goat of comic-loving sci-fi geek, Nick. More tensions flare when Jack's boss announces a coveted career launching painting contest. Turns out that Marcus studies the art of Ninja under the diabolical, pastrami-loving Nobu. After dishing out a nasty kung fu beat down, Nobu decrees that until Marcus can demonstrate his creativity, he will never earn his black belt. With a psychotic need to prove himself boiling up, Marcus latches onto the words of his hero, zombie film maven George Romano: "Great art comes from great pain." Suddenly, Sharon and Marcus are in bed together and Jack has found some gut wrenching inspiration to paint with. Wowed by his friend's new zest for art, Nick presses Jack to begin ... Written by Matt Brookens

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art | ninja | pain | zombie


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The movie theater where The Art of Pain was shot at is the historic Landmark at the Century Mall. The director, Matt Brookens, wrote the screenplay while working there as an usher. "I always wanted to see what would happen if somebody were to fall off that ledge in the middle of the mall," states Brookens. "I finally got to throw someone off in the film!" See more »

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Wolf Wrangler- John Basile. Yes we had an Arctic Timber Wolf for one day on set for a dream sequence. Odin didn't like the 100+ degree Chicago weather, so we had to cut most of his performance. See more »

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Great Independent film
12 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Art of Pain is an excellent example of all that is good in Independent film-making. A fun, amusing, well made feature that gives the viewer 90 minutes (or so) of solid entertainment. A mashup of styles and genres that does what films like this are supposed to do, entertain.

With quirky writing and cleaver dialogue the film pulls you along and keeps you chuckling all the way through. It's a film for people who get IT whatever IT is. And IT can be different for different people, that's why it's so good.

Definitely catch a screening if you can and hopefully you'll be able to grab it on DVD sooner rather than later.

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