16 items from 2013
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 »
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, »
Spring Breakers has wowed some audiences and weirded out others, which is about what you.d expect from the most recent film from director and writer Harmony Korine, whose past work includes Kids and Julien Donkey-Boy. The flick is still making its way through theaters, but if this is one you plan to catch at home, you.ll be able to do so when Lionsgate Home Entertainment brings the film to Blu-ray and DVD on July 9. Korine.s work this time around has attracted a pretty stellar cast, including James Franco, former Disney darlings Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine. The flick starts with a robbery, runs through plenty of the spring break rites of passage, and focuses on the criminal underbelly of a city. That.s a lot to pack into a film with a runtime of 94 minutes, and Spring Breakers makes the most of »
Maybe it's our fault for watching too many late-night talk shows in the late 1990s (to be fair this writer was in his pre-teens, and also on the wrong continent) but we'd never in a million years have thought that Harmony Korine, the one-time enfant terrible of the independent world as the writer of "Kids" and director of "Gummo" and "Julien Donkey-Boy," would be a popular figure on the late-night circuit. But as his latest film, "Spring Breakers," becomes a surprise hit (it's already comprehensively outgrossed everything Korine's ever made up to this point), it turns out that Korine actually did frequent that circuit, appearing on David Letterman's "Late Show" three times between 1995 and 1998 as a sort of boho freakshow act, but has seemingly been the subject of an infamous ban for unknown reasons since then. But Letterman had "Spring Breakers" star James Franco on his show last night, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Directed By: Harmony Korine
After nearly 20 years in the film industry, beginning with his screenplay for Larry Clark’s Kids in 1995, Harmony Korine has made what’s easily his most accessible and straightforward film since his daring debut. However, bear in mind that this comparison comes in regards to the avant-garde works like Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy that the director made his name on. In this run Korine is working with a cavalcade of teen stars including High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens, Disney starlet Selena Gomez, Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson and Harmony Korine’s own wife, Rachel Korine.
Spring Breakers is still a mess, a hot mess in fact. It’s not unlike some wild party from your college days that you only vaguely remember and you’re not quite sure whether you had a good time or not, »
- Ben Pittard
The annual exodus of American students to beach resorts has become a raucous rite of passage. Harmony Korine's new film has a surreal take on the mayhem
Four pretty girls in swimsuits doing wrong in an orgy of lust and violence: it's an all-American movie fantasy to cheer any Hollywood executive.
In the hands of Harmony Korine, the rebellious auteur behind the ground-breaking Kids, and featuring Disney starlets Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson as well as James Franco, Spring Breakers promises to be one of the most unusual, challenging mainstream films of the season.
Suggestive "slo-mo" shots of young women enjoying the eroticised rituals of one of America's student rites of passage – the riotous spring vacation – may suggest Korine is straying dangerously close to a teen exploitation movie. But then again, Korine's observation of spring break and its staples of sun, drinking, drugs and teenage hormones, could »
- Edward Helmore
Directed by: Harmony Korine
Written by: Harmony Korine
So, yeah, Harmony Korine.
Love him or hate him, Korine is one of those filmmakers everyone has an opinion about. Is he a visionary genius? An overrated hack? Whatever he is, one thing is certain: His movies arouse such polarizing opinions because they are typically pretty odd. And his latest flick, Spring Breakers, might just be the oddest so far due to the fact that it's so, well, normal.
The former cinematic brat is now a 40-year-old man, and much like his mentor, Larry Clark, he's still turning out flicks about troubled young people. But the kids of Spring Breakers have much more ordinary problems than the characters who populated Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy. In fact, Spring Breakers is likely the most conventional project he's been involved in since he wrote Clark's Kids, »
Tags: Spring BreakersIMDbAshley BensonHeather MorrisSelena GomezVanessa HudgensRachel Korine
Spring Breakers is not a teen movie. I repeat, not a teen movie. Get rid of any notions you have of the film based on its stars, Disney darlings Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson. In fact, these fresh-faced beauties smash through their perceived personas like a baseball bat through grandma’s fine china. (Heather Morris even pops in for a brief, and unexpected cameo.)
The movie starts out with the girls stuck on their college campus during spring session. Turns out they haven’t saved enough scratch to get them to Florida for spring break, and the boredom and pent up aggression is beginning to mount. Three of the girls, Brit (Benson), Candy (Hudgens,) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) come up with a plan to solve their problems. It’s the ease in which they come to this »
If you regularly attend your local arthouse theater, you're likely to have heard the name of "Harmony Korine." Maybe you've even seen some of his sporadic filmography that ranges from reputable films like Julien Donkey-Boy and Larry Clark's Kids (which Korine wrote) to more divisive ones like Gummo and Trash Humpers . and in the latter cases, you may have sworn to never pay to see one of his movies ever again. To those latter people, Korine's latest film Spring Breakers may come as a bit of a surprise since it's a shockingly accessible crime thriller, starring no less than former Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens as two of four friends--along with Ashley Benson and Korine's wife Rachel--who travel down to St. Petersburg, Florida for spring »
Harmony Korine is best known as the director of resolutely uncommercial art flicks like Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy, and Trash Humpers, but his oeuvre takes a seriously giddy turn with the colorful new babes-in-bikinis crime flick Spring Breakers, starring James Franco and Selena Gomez. "In the way that it was exciting for those stars to come to my side, it was exciting for me to go to that side as well," confesses Korine, who's made the most mainstream film of his career in Spring Breakers. Still, don't get it twisted: This is still an utterly insane, psychedelic, art-movie fantasia. And though barely legal Florida debauchery may seem like an unlikely subject for Korine to tackle, it's actually a key strand in his DNA. "Growing up in Tennessee, spring break was just part of the culture," he says. "In high school, everyone would jump in a car and drive from Nashville to »
- Kyle Buchanan
New York's Museum of the Moving Image is preparing a full retrospective of the films of controversial independent director Harmony Korine, running from March 8-22. While none of Korine's writing collaboration with director Larry Clark will be shown, the series will include screenings of all five of Korine's directorial features, including a special advance screening of the upcoming "Spring Breakers" with Korine in attendance on March 12th. Read More: Spring Break Comes Early This Year "Gummo" will open the series, followed by screenings of "Mister Lonely," "Julien Donkey-boy," and "Trash Humpers," which will close the series. Admission to each screening, excluding "Spring Breakers," which requires a separate ticket purchase, is included with a ticket to the museum on any screening day. For those not able to attend the retrospective, "Spring Breakers," will be released »
- Cameron Sinz
Written by Christopher Kenneally
Directed by Christopher Kenneally
A reasonably comprehensive primer on the rise of digital film and its implications on every facet of filmmaking, exhibition, and conservation, Side by Side manages to corral enough of the film world’s most outspoken filmmakers, as well as a less-familiar but equally influential collection of editors, DPs, colorists, effects supervisors, and industry types, that its attempt to summarize such a massive issue mostly holds together while only occasionally feeling like an infomercial for contemporary moviegoing.
Buoyed by a balance of film cips, archival footage, and new interviews, producer and host Keanu Reeves eases into the specifics of photochemical film shooting and exhibition, carefully laying out the joys and difficulties of a science that remained more or less unchanged for a century, before chronicling the evolution of digital film, from its invention to its first uses in serious filmmaking. »
- Simon Howell
In theory, Spring Breakers could possibly be the most .out there. release of the year, and it.s still the beginning of February. Anything coming from the dark and dangerous mind of Harmony Korine is bound to turn heads while turning some away in the process. To have written such polarizing films such as Kids, Julien Donkey-Boy, and most recently Trash Humpers, Korine has one of the most singularly distinct imaginations in cinema. Spring Breakers is his most conventionally-conceived film to date, and boasts a bevy of stars stepping outside of their comfort zone for their roles. These controversial characters are the subjects of a bunch of new French theatrical posters, courtesy of French website Ecranlarge. Take a look... Everybody is mostly dressed the same as they were in the other posters, but each character gets their own shot at trying to look hot. Whatever your own opinion of young »
I’ve never been a fan of Harmony Korine’s films. While I can appreciate the fact that he’s trying to do something different, films like “Gummo” and “Julien Donkey-Boy” have always left me cold. His upcoming film, “Spring Breakers”, however, looks fucking fantastic. Just check out the latest red band trailer for the star-studded affair. The cast of “Spring Breakers” isn’t what you would normally expect from one of Korine’s projects. James Franco isn’t a surprise; he’s down to participate in pretty much whatever weird ass hipster movies are coming out. But what about teenybopper princesses like Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens? Granted, “Spring Breakers” was probably an absolute blast to make, but this isn’t exactly what you anticipate from the Disney Channel alums. It, too, is also something completely different for them, what with the drugs, violence, nudity, and curse words. Here »
- Brent McKnight
Julien Donkey-boy and Trash Humpers visionary Harmony Korine releases his new stab at slightly more commercial filmmaking Spring Breakers in the United States on the 8th of March this year, prompting his European fans (myself very much included) to rub their hands in anticipation at its yet-to-be-confirmed widespread global release. The picture’s star-studded eye-candy ensemble cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Gucci Mane, Heather Morris, James Franco and Korine’s other-half Rachel, and Thn has an exclusive sneak-peak at the glossy French poster that was unveiled only today:
Source: Coming Soon
- Sam Gilbert
Odd List Ryan Lambie Jan 8, 2013
It takes a certain kind of actor to bring a truly great villain to life. They need to be able to reach into the darkest recesses of their psyche, certainly, but they also need to bring a touch of something extra, too. They need to convince us not only that they're cruel, but that they're also human beings - after all, the best movie villains are often seductive and magnetic as well as unspeakably amoral.
While the finest antagonists are usually played by actors, there have been occasions where directors have stepped in front of the camera to indulge their inner demon. The list that follows attempts to deal exclusively with performances from people known primarily as directors first, »
16 items from 2013
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