Four sexy college girls plan to fund their spring break getaway by burglarizing a fast food shack. But that’s only the beginning. During a night of partying, the girls hit a roadblock when they are arrested on drug charges. Hung over and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by Alien (James Franco), an infamous local thug who takes them under his wing and leads them on the wildest spring break trip in history. Rough on the outside but with a soft spot inside, Alien wins over the hearts of the young spring breakers, and leads them on a spring break they never could have imagined. –TIFF
Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973) is a US film director and writer. He first appeared in the public’s eye as the author of film director Larry Clark’s debut, Kids, a tale of irresponsible teenagers in New York which garnered rave reviews but was literally unable to be seen by the intended audience due to the NC-17 / unrated rating.
Following the success of that Harmony directed and co-produced Gummo, another unique story loosely based around the premise of aspects of life in Xenia, Ohio, post-tornado (although most of it was not filmed there). Harmony cast himself in the film, which features very unusual / disturbing images (bacon on the walls, deaf people arguing, delinquent children) in a bit part as a shy gay teenager. He also had a cameo in Kids as a clubgoer. His sometimes girlfriend, actress Chloë Sevigny (who first appeared in Kids) was perhaps the most well-known star in an otherwise largely non-actors movie.
Mr. Korine followed this… read more
I'd rather Korine kept his raw way of showing things. a big production doesn't mean everything needs to be fake and plastic and have a soundtrack
The first of a series of “dialogue” dispatches from Cannes between Adam Cook & Daniel Kasman.
A legend passes away, a new issue of desistfilm, the debut of Cléo, a “journal of film and feminism”, music from Michael Snow & more.
Scorsese tries to save the Bowery, Friedkin’s Sorcerer gets a second chance, Terrence Malick wants you to see Zoolander & more.
Korine’s last film is an a-temporal, sensorial trance staring in awe at the horror vacui of a lost, immor(t)al dream.
A contemporary-styled Polish disassemblage for Lester’s swashbuckling romp and an interview with its designer.
Looking like Miami Vice and starring James Franco in cornrows and gold teeth.
La Furia Umana is moving to print, Cimino presents a restored Heaven’s Gate and Phil Coldiron writes on 16mm in the digital age.
Our two-critic dialogue kicks off at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with new films from Kiarostami, Haneke and Korine.
Cinema Scope launches their comprehensive coverage of TIFF, Kevin Corrigan recalls his time with Tony Scott & Thom Andersen writes on Ozu.
In my opinion, few movies can reach the greatness that is Alec Baldwin’s “motivational” speech in Glengarry Glen Ross. His character stripping down the other salesmen while shoving his own greatness… read review
Although Harmony Korine’s intentions become obscured amongst all of the style more than once throughout, Spring Breakers is ultimately a beautiful, thoughtful movie. At once… read review
Certainly a hard R film bordering on NC-17 territory intended to shock, but not without its point. There is simply no way to read this film other than as an utter rebuke, root and branch, of everything… read review