Wednesday, September 5, 2012
ANDY WARHOL'S BAD (1977)
Everything about this movie feels a little bit off. The pacing is strange, the acting ranges from adequate to terrible, the plot meanders all over the place and the tone shifts from farcical comedy to drama. This might be one of the few "Warhol" movies that actual had some input from Mr. Warhol and it definitely feels like it. When I first watched this I thought Warhol's regular leading man Joe Dallesandro was the star here but apparently it's Mr. Norris from CLASS OF 1984 looking quite buff. There is a strong John Waters feel to a few scenes, including a baby getting tossed out a window and splattering on the street and anytime a fat lady named Estelle is onscreen. In fact Estelle's scenes of hatred-spewing towards her dog-loving neighbor, played by Lawrence Tierney, were the big high-points for me. The low-points were whenever Susan Tyrrell was onscreen. I'm not sure if her character was supposed to be severely mentally handicapped or just really stupid but every scene with her and her gigantic-headed baby is filled with enough schmaltzy pathos that I wanted to chuck a baby into a sidewalk.
Maybe worth a look if you're a fan of the odd and offbeat but I'd go with early Waters over this anyday.
Oh Estelle, if only this movie had more of you in it: