With the dog days of summer looming, the ArtfixDaily staff has compiled a list of favorite flicks to watch on balmy nights. Our selection was based on the sheer entertainment value of these art-related movies.
Documentaries are not heavily represented in favor of light-hearted fare chosen for those in need of some serious seasonal unwinding. One newly released documentary not to miss this summer: Herb and Dorothy, an entertaining portrait of an unlikely pair of collectors, a retired postal worker and retired librarian, who amassed a world-class collection of conceptual art.
TOP SIX PICKS:
1. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) In this remake of the 1968 film starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, a billionaire art connoisseur (Pierce Brosnan) gets tangled up with a leggy insurance investigator (Renee Russo) when a Monet gets lifted from the MET. A sequel to this art heist, which may be titled "The Thomas Crown Affair 2," a remake of "The Topkapi Affair," is said to be in the works.
2. Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? (2006) Truck driver from the trailer park vs. the art world elite---colliding worlds make for a fun documentary. Unforgettable, acid-tongued Teri Horton takes on the art establishment over the authenticity of her thrift store discovery: a possible Jackson Pollock.
3. Pollock (2000) Even with a host of documentaries chronicling his life (and work), Jackson Pollock comes to life best in this Oscar-winning biopic starring Ed Harris as the tempestuous Abstract Expressionist. Marcia Gay Harden plays his long-suffering wife, the artist Lee Krasner.
4. The Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) A cinematic adaptation of the best-selling novel by the same name, this slow-moving, but visually-pleasing, fictional narrative follows the young maid Griet (Scarlett Johansson) as she becomes the muse of Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth).
5. Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) A New York art auctioneer gets entangled with mobsters through his innocent fiancée in this cute comedy. Extremely goofy and slap-stick, but then again it stars Hugh Grant.
6. Frida (2002) Overshadowed by her stormy marriage with artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), every facet of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's (Salma Hayek) life comes to light in a kaleidoscope of colorful scenes. This award-winning biopic covers her struggles with enduring pain from a trolley accident, her controversial Marxist and bisexual leanings, the drug and alcohol abuse that killed her, plus a bit of her art process through it all.