The Andy Warhol Diaries

Need to Know:
A 2022 documentary series following the memoirs of American artist Andy Warhol edited by his friend Pat Hackett. It’s a six-part documentary that looks at Warhol behind the theatrics and the persona he portrayed. Using Warhol’s personal diary entries we get to see a different side of him. This is a highly immersive documentary as the story is told in part in the artist’s AI-generated voice.

Directors: Andrew Rossi

Why Is It Worth Watching?
Andy Warhol is considered one of the most innovative artists of his time, playing a significant role in bringing pop art and modern art into the public eye. He was an important visual artist as his works spanned paintings, prints and movies. His works remain iconic to this day, such as the Campbell soup cans. Many of his pieces are displayed on mugs, T-shirts, tote bags, stickers and more. If you’ve ever wondered about the man behind the art, The Andy Warhol Diaries is for you. The documentary format is mesmerising, with a visually stunning intro and the perfect soundtrack tying it all together. It is also highly informative as we get to hear from those who knew him as well as Warhol’s intimate thoughts. And, even though there is a significant focus on Warhol’s personal life and unique personality, the documentary also presents a comprehensive view of his art, showing how he developed his style and experimented through the years. The artist’s own opinions on his work are particularly interesting, as he often prioritised money and fame over artistic integrity. This is a must-watch for artists as well as history nerds or just anyone who wants to see a well-produced and entertaining documentary.

Senior Year

Need to Know:
A 2022 comedy movie starring Rebel Wilson as the lead, the film follows Stephanie Conway, a 17-year-old high school cheerleader who is on the path to achieving her dream life. However, after a cheerleading accident, she is left in a coma for 20 years and must work out how to continue her life when she wakes up. Even though the story sounds dark and sad, the movie is lighthearted and comedic.

Director: Alex Hardcastle
Cast: Rebel Wilson, Angourie Rice, Mary Holland, Zoë Chao, Chris Parnell, Sam Richardson

Why Is It Worth Watching?
This is a hilarious movie, and you’ll get much more than a couple of laughs from it. Rebel Wilson is funny in the role of 37-year-old Stephanie, as she wakes up after 20 years with the mentality of a 17-year-old. The jokes are simple and sometimes nonsensical, but it’s clear that the film doesn’t take itself very seriously. After losing 20 years, Stephanie is set on getting her ‘perfect life’ back. Her main goals are getting popular, joining the cheer squad again and winning prom queen while trying to reconnect with her once best friends. However, she finds much has changed as her y2k fashion is no longer in, and technology becomes a struggle. The plot is simplistic, and so are the characters and the random musical numbers are slightly off-putting, but overall, the movie is pretty entertaining. A good film to watch to de-stress and have a few good giggles.