FEMALE DIRECTORS: I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) + New Movies!
An example of when a messy script can cause a LOT of problems.
CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of transphobia and trans-exclusionary ideology, sexual and physical abuse, drugs, sex work, mental illness, attempted murder, shooting.
This week’s film might just be the least well-known on the list, though it packs a decent amount of creative firepower. Mary Harron helms this biopic/docudrama/ideological exploration of Valerie Solanas, creator of the S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) manifesto and shooter of Andy Warhol. Originally intended as a documentary, this film has a hard time deciding whether it wants to tell a character story or examine a movement. And because Solanas’ ideology became the inspiration for a wave of violent transphobic feminist theory, the film’s mixed messaging and muddled writing leaves us wondering, uncomfortably, whether this film actively endorses or merely wants to investigate Solanas’ ideas. We’re going deep with the controversial and wildly unique movie, I Shot Andy Warhol.
Plus, some mini-reviews of two new films - Brittany Runs a Marathon and Ad Astra!
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Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.