Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
| I Shot Andy Warhol
(1996) is based on the true story of 60's radical Valerie Solana, who
wrote the SCUM Manefesto arguing that men were no longer necessary
(SCUM = Society for Cutting Up Men). Valerie wrote a play called
"Up Your Ass" and wanted Warhol to produce it. When he
ignored her, she shot him.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was seen from the rear in a leotard that
didn't cover her entire behind.
||I am at odds with the reviewers on
this one. They praise the production design, acting by Lili Taylor as
Valerie and Jared Harris as Warhol, and the insightful look into two
unusual characters. I saw it as a crazy bull dyke manufacturing a
reason to kill a weird and immature but popular Warhol. At the same
time, I found it very pretentious. Lili does show her breasts, as do
Martha Plimpton in a very dark scene, and Anna Thomson in a picture
within a picture.
If this sounds like fun to you, go
Scoop's note: One
reviewer was far from the positive consensus. Tom Keough wrote on
amazon.com, "a highly suspect mishmash of golly-gee
counterculture reconstruction and inflammatory agitprop"
General consensus: three
stars. Ebert 3.5/4, Berardinelli 3/4, Maltin 3/4.
summary. 56% positive, 100% from the top
- With their
dollars ... arthouse distribution, $1.8 million
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C. The
genre is arthouse 60's strange.
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