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Little White Lies Weekender, London
The best-designed film magazine on the shelf celebrates its 50th issue with a display of its unimpeachable good taste – mostly. The selection is largely overlooked/underpraised auteur classics, such as Harmony Korine's Gummo, Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch Drunk Love, Lynch's Mulholland Drive, and obscure 1970s road movie Wanda. There are also previews of future releases like Lukas Moodysson's We Are The Best!, plus 1980s Irish "thriller" (and Adam and Joe favourite) Taffin – a monumentally bad movie that definitely didn't get Pierce Brosnan the Bond gig. If you're quick, you can still catch Lwl's pop-up shop in Old Street, too.
Ica, SW1, Fri to 8 Dec
Cinema Palestino: Bristol Palestine Film Festival
Two events to bring us up to speed on Palestine's unique cultural and political situation, both of which »
- Steve Rose
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Come Back Tonight To See My List Of The 200 Best!
Directed by Terence Young
Written by Robert Carrington
Directed by Terence Young, »
X Factor returns this weekend and it's gearing up to take over your lives until Christmas. And even if you're the sort of person who would normally rather eat a plate of dog food than spend Saturday night with Louis Walsh, there are at least a couple of reasons to be excited about the show's 10th series.
1. Loveable oddballs.
Without X Factor we would never have seen Jedward performing the talking bit in 'Oops I Did It Again', watched Kitty Brucknell in a glow-in-the-dark catsuit, witnessed the horror of Diva Fever or, most importantly, been treated to the genius of Wagner.
From 'Loaf Shack' to bongo-drum bashing, from backing dancers rubbing their boobs to owning a pet lion, Wagner remains the greatest ever X Factor oddball in our eyes, but hopefully this year, he can be topped.
And don't even get us started on the greatest act to never reach the live shows. »
★★★★☆ After co-writing Larry Clarke's Palme d'Or-nominated cult smash Kids (1995), then directing Gummo two years later, director Harmony Korine has spent the majority of his time of late making short films. However, 2013 saw Korine breeze back into UK cinemas with Spring Breakers (2012); an explosive tale of sun, sea and sex in a Us beach town. Korine takes care to use every tool at his disposal to further communicate his themes, including casting; enlisting former-heartthrob James Franco to play a sleazy gangster and former High School Musical (2006) sweetheart Vanessa Hudgens to portray a drug-taking siren.
Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) are desperate to go on spring break; an American College tradition involving legions of students descending on beach towns to get drunk, have sex and party hard. Seriously strapped for cash, the girls rob a fast food joint for extra funds. Post robbery, they grab their naive, »
- CineVue UK
After the affectingly low-key musings of Blue Valentine, director and co-writer Derek Cianfrance reunites with Ryan Gosling for a sprawling quasi-epic tale that combines the vérité observational feel of its predecessor with the sweeping pan-generational structure of a Greek tragedy.
In The Place Beyond the Pines (2012, StudioCanal, 15), Gosling plays a hot-headed stunt rider who discovers that he has fathered a child for whom he determines to provide, by fair means or foul. Turning to robbery, his path crosses with that of Bradley Cooper's lawman, who in turn takes up the narrative thread – until the sins of the fathers come to be revisited upon their respective sons. Those seduced by the dreamy intimacy of Sean Bobbitt's cinematography may find the third act contrived, as realism gives way to archetype, but the performances remain utterly believable throughout. Eva Mendes »
- Mark Kermode
Another Little Girl Down the Lane…
While the latest feature length film from the Zellner Brothers, Kid-Thing, may not be meant for children, its stammered nature definitely plays itself out as an adolescent affair. Their latest feature (after 2008’s comedic Goliath) is set in the Texas countryside, right outside of Austin, certainly a locale primed for ominous and terrifying happenings. Yet one can’t help but feel that the opaque and ambiguous tone of their latest effort squanders an excellent opportunity to have been a better film.
At the center of Kid-Thing is the 10 year old Annie (Sydney Aguirre), a motherless child left to her own devices while her goat farmer father (Nathan Zellner) engages in demolition derby and wastes a considerable amount of time engaging in inane activities with his equally simple friend, Caleb (David Zellner). A gas leak at her school has forced it to close for an »
- Nicholas Bell
As “Spring Breakers” continues its victory lap on Blu-ray and DVD today, following its standing as Harmony Korine's biggest critical and commercial success, the “Gummo” and “Mister Lonely” director's efforts stands to reach a new audience, and rightly so. His films are singular, woozy, romantic portraits of Southern life, but a look back at his bloodline reveals a similar focus as the work of Korine's father finds its way online. “He would go and make small films, kind of like what Harry Smith was doing with music, my dad would do with video at the time with his partner Blaine,” Korine recounted to Death & Taxes about his father, Sol Korine, and his docu-series for PBS, “Southbound.” Produced, shot, and directed with filmmaker Blaine Dunlap, the 1981 series aimed to document Southern roots music in the U.S., and its first episode, entitled “Mouth Music,” is a wonderful primer. Covering Kentucky, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
This week: James Franco turns in one of the best performances of his career as a drug and arms dealer who corrupts four vacationing coeds in "Spring Breakers," the latest from director Harmony Korine.
Box Office: $14 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 65% Fresh
Storyline: Four college girls (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) who land themselves in jail after robbing a restaurant to fund their spring break vacation get bailed out by Florida drugs and arms dealer Alien (James Franco) and sink into more depravity in the latest comedy/horror/freak show by "Gummo" and "Trash Humpers" director Harmony Korine.
Extras!: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a behind-the-scenes documentary, several making-of featurettes, »
- Robert DeSalvo
We are now officially half way through the year and so I’ve asked our staff to vote for their favourite films released thus far. Hollywood blockbusters may have disappointed us, but thankfully we can always rely on independent filmmakers to create some truly inspiring films. Rounding out the special mentions is Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and Cate Shortland’s Lore – all missing the cut by a couple of points.
#15: Iron Man 3 (24 points)
Directed by Shane Black
Fun has become a slightly forgotten commodity in the summer blockbuster, with many studios and filmmakers now inspired by the efforts of directors like Christopher Nolan to be as grim as possible. The modern superhero often has to be angst-ridden or otherwise mentally scarred to make an impact on audiences, so it’s a pleasant surprise »
Provincetown, Mass. – "October is early, but not too early to acknowledge Harmony Korine’s Gummo as the worst film of the year." So wrote Janet Maslin in her 1997 New York Times review of Korine’s first feature. In many ways that notice set the tone for his esoteric anti-art career, which busted out of the extreme margins of noncommercial anarchy this year, when his latest film, Spring Breakers, became an unexpected indie hit. A worldwide gross just short of $32 million might be small potatoes compared to some breakout successes. But for a director whose previous work barely
- David Rooney
The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Cary Woods Pictures have sealed an exclusive first-look production deal.
He began his career at the William Morris Agency before moving to Sony Pictures Entertainment where he served as vice-president, office of the chairman and segued into a production deal with the studio before launching Independent Pictures. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive Details: Signing an exclusive first look deal with The Weinstein Company, Cary Woods is making his way back. Back to the features game, back with Harvey Weinstein, and back from a near death experience that took almost two years of recovery. In the 1990s, Woods was a charming dealmaker with relentless optimism who was one of the producers on Godzilla (the disappointing 1998 version), and who launched a lot of new talent with Weinstein at Disney-owned Miramax. His films there included launching the Wes Craven-directed and Kevin Williamson-scripted Scream franchise, the Larry Clark-directed Harmony Korine-scripted Kids, Korine’s directing debut Gummo, Doug Liman’s Swingers, James Mangold’s Cop Land and Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth. They fell out over a deal extension that was as bruising as feuds with Weinstein tended to be back then. Woods calls that water under the bridge. It’s understandable »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
Price: DVD $21.98, Blu-ray $27.99
The colorful, bikini-and-nudity filled comedy-drama film Spring Breakers stars one-time child stars Selena Gomez (Monte Carlo) and Vanessa Hudgens (Sucker Punch) who are revealed to be all grown up with their latest film.
The two are joined by co-stars Rachel Korine (The Fourth Dimension) and Ashley Benson (TV’s Pretty Little Liars) as a quartet of childhood friends and college students who decide to head down St. Petersburg for the annual rites of spring break. To obtain the funds for their journey, two of the gals rob a fast food restaurant using hammers and realistic-looking squirt guns, prompting their a “vacation” the includes more crime, extensive drinking, run-ins with the law and a fateful encounter with a St. Pete-based rapper and hood by the name of Alien (James Franco, »
You’ve never seen this three actors like this before. The eclectic James Franco plays a white version of ? while Disney Channel alums Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens go for bad in this wild movie about rebellion against authority.
From the mind of Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo), comes the captivating new film Spring Breakers, arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital UltraViolet) and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) July 9th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The release follows closely on the heels of an incredibly successful theatrical run via A24. This cutting-edge crime thriller features breakout, buzz-worthy performances by Disney Channel alums: Selena Gomez (TV’s “Wizard’s
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From the mind of groundbreaking writer/director, Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo), comes the captivating new film Spring Breakers, arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital UltraViolet) and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) July 9th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The release follows closely on the heels of an incredibly successful theatrical run via A24. This cutting-edge, gorgeously-filmed crime thriller features breakout, buzz-worthy performances by Disney Channel alums: Selena Gomez (TV's Wizards of Waverly Place) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical franchise, upcoming The Frozen Ground). The film also stars James Franco (Oz: The Great and Powerful, 127 Hours) in one of the most unforgettable performances of his career along with Ashley Benson (TV's Pretty Little Liars) and Rachel Korine (The Fourth Dimension). Driven by a sizzling score by Grammy-winning electronica guru Skrillex and Grammy-winning composer Cliff Martinez, this is an invigorating and unexpected look at an American rite of passage.
Critics across the country »
Soon, you'll be able to make spring break last forever. "Spring Breakers," the year's scuzziest movie, and its stars James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson will be dirtying up DVD and Blu-ray players worldwide later this year The film, from writer/director Harmony Korine ("Gummo," "Trash Humpers"), arrives on home formats July 9 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The release offers a number of bonus features, including a 3-part documentary called "Breaking it Down: Behind Spring Breakers"; a featurette focusing on the film's music called "Harmony’s Ear Candy"; deleted scene/outtakes; Korine's audio commentary; and trailers and TV spots. Plus, Vice takes viewers into the hedonistic heart »
- Dave Lewis
There is so much great content published every week here at Sound On Sight, that even we have trouble keeping up. So, every Sunday, we will drop a list of the best articles delivered by our hard working, and extremely talented staff.
The Artful Roger: A Thank You To Roger Ebert
The mind rarely works in linear fashion, and I suspect mine may even be more chaotic than most. That item pinballed around the ol’ noggin, and, somewhere in all that bouncing here and there, triggered a bit of nostalgia. Probably because I was working on the piece during Oscar week, the mention of Ebert reminded me that there had been a time when this would’ve been the point in the year I’d be looking forward to the annual “If We Gave Out the Oscars” (or something like that) show done by Ebert along with his on-screen partner of nearly two dozen years, »
Feature Simon Brew 5 Apr 2013 - 06:55
The basic requirement of someone going in to review a movie, is that you can come away from said film with an opinion, and the guts of an 800 word review with a star rating at the bottom. The vast majority of the time of course, that's entirely the case. Granted, the modern day rush to get a review online within an hour of the credits rolling (we've been guilty of this in the past) tends to cut down on the increasingly valuable thinking and gestating time, but most people can come up with »
As the kids might say, the internets are all abuzz over Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, his most mainstream-accessible provocation yet. Ricky, Edgar and Simon try their best to separate hype from reality, while taking the time to look back at Korine’s debut, 1997′s lo-fi opus Gummo.
Skrillex - “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”
Roy Orbison – “Crying”
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April is traditionally the calm before the storm when it comes to blockbusters, but this year sees two mega-budget movie arrivals in the form of Iron Man 3 and Tom Cruise's Oblivion. There's also plenty else on offer if you want a bit of substance instead of spectacle, with a highly-anticipated Ryan Gosling/Bradley Cooper team-up and a new film from Harmony Korine.
Digital Spy takes a look at the five must-see releases from the coming month below...
Release date: April 5
Why you should see it: Disney girls Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens go wild for Harmony Korine in this crime-comedy about four college girls who go on a crime spree with James Franco's dangerous drugs dealer. Korine, known for indies Kids and Gummo (a film that famously caused a ruckus between Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh on X Factor!), looks to have made his most »
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