Though they’re ubiquitous in rental stores, VHS copies of the new-to-tape biopic Surviving Picasso, starring Anthony Hopkins, aren’t exactly flying off the new-release shelves. Why would they? The movie portrays a towering creative talent as a nasty old man and hardly brings his work alive. If you’re up for a more artful film about a great painter, we suggest you white out Picasso and brush up on one of these tortured-artist flicks. Just don’t expect photorealism.
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Portrait of: Andy Warhol (Jared Harris), the love-hate target of Valerie Solanas (Lili Taylor), circa the 1960s. Missing from this picture: The Pop artist’s strong work ethic; Shot mostly has him sitting around whining. Neatest visual motifs: Brit auteur Mary Harron saturates the screen with Day-Glo colors and period decor. A-