I enjoyed Exit Through the Gift Shop as a fun way to spend a few hours with some great footage of tagging. But it made me hate Banksy (against whom I bore no previous ill will) and Shepard Fairey (whom I maybe already disliked). What a dick move making a feature length film whose essential message is how cool you are, and how artistically valid, authentic and underground your shit is. It smacked of insecurity.
Funny People was also a good way to spend a few hours, but was deeply self-indulgent. A Hollywood comedy star (Apatow) making a movie about the spiritual emptiness of the society of Hollywood comedy stars. Sometimes it was fun to spot all the unexplained cameos, and Apatow makes all his male characters touching in the same successful way. But I couldn't get over the self-indulgence. And the time in marin went on way to long. Jerry Seinfeld's Comedian was basically the same movie, but real, and earlier.
I am midway through The Corrections. It is a very good novel. I am enjoying it a lot. I could live without the post-modern naming (e.g., Ford Stomper) because unlike White Noise or Infinite Jest, The Corrections seems a novel firmly grounded in present reality rather than the future or an alternate reality, which makes these add-ons seem flippant. It is also a really white, upper-middle-class novel. In that it reminds me a lot of a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. Anyway, don't spoil the ending for me.