Thursday, January 19, 2017

I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

Director: Mary Harron

Stars: Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Martha Plimpton, Michael Imperioli, Stephen Dorff

The true story of Valerie Solanas, the radical feminist who became notorious after shooting art world icon Andy Warhol, is portrayed in this fact-based drama. In an attempt to present a fair assessment of her actions, writer-director Mary Harron focuses on Solanas' troubled life, from her childhood as an abuse victim to her life as teenage prostitute in New York City. These experiences left Solanas deeply scarred, contributing to a hatred of men that later found full flower in her famous "SCUM Manifesto," an extremist tract calling for the establishment of a "Society for Cutting Up Men." Deeply troubled, she nevertheless briefly finds hope after befriending young transvestite Candy Darling and discovering herself on the fringes of the wild, colorful world surrounding the eccentric Warhol. She becomes obsessed with the idea that Warhol's support could change her life, only to become violently enraged when the artist and his friends begin to turn away from her.

This is such a good movie about a really strange nut job that thought it was okay to shot and/or try to kill Andy Warhol. I mean Valerie was straight up crazy. There are no other better words to describe her. I mean bugged the hell out of Warhol when he was just being nice in saying that he liked her play. See people that is what happens when you are nice to strange crazy people. You get shot. She was a man hating lesbian that was a prostitute on the side. Only when she was not yelling at strangers about her man hating. It was a very odd time period though, so what do you really expect.

The cast was the highlight of the whole movie. They were wonderful. Lili Taylor was great as Valerie, but there is nothing that she is bad at. She is so good at playing these crazy or needy woman roles. She can really bring those characters to life. Martha Plimpton does no wrong in my book. I am just so glad that she is still working. It is always good to see her comedic work. Stephen Dorff was the biggest surprise as Candy Darling. He was great in it. I wanted to see more of him in the movie.

I think this is an absolutely great movie. It came out during those wonderful 90's when we were flooded with indie movies. This was one of the good ones. If you have never seen this movie, then you need to find a copy to watch it. It was well worth watching. Enjoy.

I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) Trailer

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