I will start.
The Savage Messiah
(Dir Ken Russel, 1972) - on Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Sofie Gaudier Brzeska.
Ken Russel's little gem about a young sculptor and his older lover. A best kept secret among artists
If you can locate the DVD, by all means see it!
Before Night Falls
(Dir Julian Schnabel, 2000) - on Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas
My favourite Julian Schnabel film -- and Javier Bardem's eyes
Most American film directors do not understand art, that's their loss. I'm glad Schnabel decides to give up painting and make films, that's our gain
The Filth & the Fury
(Dir Julian Temple, 2000) - on the Sex Pistols
One of the best documentaries I've seen; and the best of all Pistols flicks.
(Dir Julain Schnabel, 1996)- on Jean-Michel Basquiat
Again Julian Schnabel excelled. Just seeing David Bowie as Warhol is worth the DVD rental.
(Dir Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, 2003) - on comic book guy Harvey Pekar
Very ambitious and uneven film that deserves a huge round of applause. The mix of jazz music and cartoons did work wonders.
- on Jackson Pollock (Dir Ed Harris, 2000)
There are times when certain things are best left alone. And it is cruel to degrade such a giant as Jackson Pollock. 100% trash
- on Virginia Woolf (Dir Stephen Daldry, 2002)
I feel sorry for Nicole who was definitely miscast. No matter how hard she tries, Kidman is not Virginia Woolf and will never be. The last scene - in which Meryl Streep frantically throws out gourmet food into the garbage can - is obscene. Trash number two
Lust for Life
(Dir Vincente Minneli, 1956) - on Vincent Van Gogh
Kirk Douglas as Vinnie? Anthony Quinn as Gauguin? Egads. Nice vintage poster though.
(Dir Julie Taymor, 2002) - on the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Edward Norton's portrayal of Nelson Rockefeller is top drawer although Selma Heyak is way too healthy to be Frida. A film made by good-intentioned Hollywood types but, my, it was difficult to hold back laughters in the theater! And I haven't got to the Trotsky character yet ...