Friday, September 17, 2010
Heat is the third installment in the Paul Morrisey/Andy Warhol presents trilogy.
Heat again stars Joe Dallesandro as joe ,this time joe is a former child star and musician who had left the scene when he was 18 to join the army.Once back in hollywood he moves into a small sun drenched motel ,filled with some very strange occupants.First we meet Jessica ,she is the daughter of Sally who was an a older actress on the same show as joe growing up,we quickly learn that Jess is completely crazy and also she lives with her lesbian lover (whom we never meet) and her daughter.There is also a strange blonde man who wears a nightgown and wonders the property maturbating,we learn that this man lives with his brother and they have a racy show at a local nightclub which includes them exchanging sexual favors for eachother on stage.The landlord of this lovely establishment is a overbearing and extremely nosey gossiping heavy-set woman played by Pat Ast (the warden from Reform School Girls),she plays this role amazingly and is just plain obnoxious.Joe ends up meeting with his old co star from yesteryear Sally /jessicas mother and they begin having a relationship of sorts.He succeeds in seducing this older woman in exchange for getting his foot back in the door and back on his way to stardom.The woman cast in the role of Sally todd ,Sylvia miles fits her role of aging former celbrity very well,she still upholds her body in peak condition for her age and portrays a very self absorbed "looks are everything" sort of attitude throughout the entire film flawlessly.The mother disapproves of her daughters lesbian lifestyle and eventually agrees to move her in with Joe and herself in her large mansion off of Malibu beach,this is when things start to get a bit screwy since Jessica now has a thing for Joe.Joe eventually feels he has gotten all he can out of his relationship with the former actress and dcides to move on which leads to a pretty funny scene in the end between her and Joe.This film is a bit more light hearted than the previous two installments as the subject matter calls for a bit more comedy than the others.Trash and Flesh were both about the seedy lifestyles of the characters portrayed but this one is all together more fun and games ,although i wouldnt classify this as a straight up comedy it is a much easier film to take in than the others before it.
Heat is probably my least favorite of the three but by no means is it a bad film,I just prefered the darker source material in the prior installments.so....
Heat gets 4 out of 5 as well
Paul Morrisey can tell a story very well indeed seemingly no matter what the story is he gets the point across and whoever is in charge of casting these films does a great job in doing so,everyone plays there roles with the utmost accuracy.
All of these films feature alot of Warhols inner circle "artsy" folk friends and they appear to know what they are doing in there own little quirky ways.
I will be checking out a few more of Morrisey’s films soon and I have a feeling I will not be let down judging by these three little gems.