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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
The human experience seems to be the flavor of the week, or rather, of the past five years. From illustrators to authors to filmmakers everyone is concerned with capturing what it means to be a person today. Two filmmakers in particular have released films in the past year that illustrate in two vastly different ways the life of the modern human.
Benh Zeitlin tackled the issue in his 2012 Sundance breakout film Beasts of the Southern Wild, a film chronicling the adventures of six-year-old Hushpuppy as she and her ailing father navigate life in a near-forgotten society outside the levees of New Orleans. When a hurricane hits, the society, called the Bathtub, is flooded, causing Hushpuppy to view the universe as a puzzle interconnected by various pieces. It’s a naïvely beautiful take on the world and its inhabitants.
Much of the story is told by Hushpuppy via voiceover and lends »
- Kevin Terpstra
Director Harmony Korine doesn’t so much find controversy as invite it. Writer of the 1995 Larry Clark film Kids, which focused on a group of Manhattan teenagers during the AIDS crisis, he has become an enfant terrible on the indie circuit; while panels lavish awards upon him, audience members storm out of the screenings. Earlier works, such as 1999′s Julien Donkey- Boy, embraced the Dogme 95 manifesto with limited success while 2009′s Trash Humpers, setting up stall from the title alone, swapped a storyline for shock tactics. And now he returns with Spring Breakers; either one of the most pointed parodies or poisonous pictures ever made.
The plot may seem patronisingly simple, at times overstretched to ninety minutes, but Korine is taking us on the scenic route. A group of college friends- Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez)- are disheartened to learn that »
- Dan Wakefield
Spring break is getting to be like prom night or Thanksgiving: an alien American institution we've consumed so much in pop culture that it's almost as if we Brits have experienced it in our rainy Brit lives. Anyway, we're expected to be in on the cultural reference – in this case, lithe, young college kids partying super hard in sunny Florida during the March vacation.
The Glasgow comic Kevin Bridges famously took a stand against this Americanisation, dourly recalling watching high school movies with "spring break" scenes: "We didn't have 'spring break'; we had the Easter holidays." Like a Christmas movie in December, this film has actually been released at the correct seasonal time, although it means less in the shivering UK than in the Us. »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★★★☆ A fluorescent, hypnotic orgy of guns, girls, drugs and electro, American indie cinema's enfant terrible Harmony Korine eschews the low budget trappings of his previous feature, 2009's bizarre Trash Humpers (which voyeuristically followed a group of garbage-mounting Nashville pensioners), for the sun-drenched, liquor-soaked Florida coastline of Spring Breakers (2011). Here, four bold and brash college students initially bite off more than they can chew during their summer 'spring break' festivities before ingratiating themselves into a world of armed robbery, gang warfare and - as is age appropriate - melancholic Britney Spears ballads. Read more » »
- CineVue UK
Directed by Harmony Korine
Written by Haromy Korine
Gobsmackingly brilliant; Gummo marks the directorial debut of Kids writer and indie rebel Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers, Trash Humpers). Upon its initial release, Gummo drew critical fire and Korine was denounced as an exploitative brat with a movie camera. But what emerges from his twisted mind is a stylish, poetic, and brutally honest portrait of an American underclass whose misery is rarely addressed on the big screen. Korine arranges a total deterioration of narrative logic and social norms, and Gummo seems to be provocatively anti-everything: everything but life. Gummo is cruel, bitter, and sometimes offensive but also occasionally quite moving. For example: The infamous scene in which Solomon shoots the listless grandmother in the foot while his buddy disconnects her life support, could be read as an act of mercy. Gummo is full of despair, yet populated by an optimistic ensemble: “Life is beautiful, »
"Note: this movie is not for my littles," wrote Selena Gomez on her Facebook page recently. Gomez, 20, Disney starlet, singer of songs, breaker of Bieber's heart, is followed by 41 million people on Facebook, the vast majority of whom you'd hope are indeed "littles". She's heavily promoting Spring Breakers on her page, among the fashion line plugs ("My favorites the yellow with the hearts what's yours?") and Disney show ads. But she's right. It's not for them. Spring Breakers is a glorious beast of a film, a morally ambiguous piece of pop art, a lurid trip with hallucinatory highs and ugly comedowns. Substances are abused, humans are murdered. Guns are fellated. In Gomez World, it is very much off-message. Cover your eyes, littles.
Every March, for a week, »
- Alex Godfrey
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
No one would have ever predicted that a Harmony Korine movie would be getting mainstream press but the latest feature from this provocative filmmaker, “Spring Breakers” has been getting media attention for its use of established child stars like Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. At the screening that I went to, it was obvious that many of those in the theatre were there solely based on the stars and their reaction was quite hilarious.
The fact of the matter is, this is not Korine going back on his roots. This is without a doubt a Harmony Korine movie in the like of “Gummo” and “Trash Humpers”. The only difference is that this is the most coherent and straight forward narrative that Korine has ever produced which isn’t saying much as the film does its share of disjointed narration and future/past match action shots. This is his most polished film, »
- Patrick Hao
Spring Breakers is not a shy movie by any means, but it is a radical departure for director Harmony Korine. In fact, movies like Gummo, Trash Humpers, and Julien Donkey Boy are so gonzo-bizarro that Springbreakers arguably ranks among the most shocking wide-release departures for a director that we’ve ever seen.
You may have seen Kids back in the ’90s (which Korine wrote, but did not direct), and think you have a general idea. But you don’t. Seriously, you don’t. So to help those who think they’re up for a quick taste, we’ve compiled some »
- Mike Bruno
I’ve never had much patience for the “transgressive” avant-grunge indie-cinema noodlings of Harmony Korine. But Spring Breakers, his movie about four college women who go on a psychotic Spring Break bender (and, in vintage B-movie cautionary fashion, pay the price), is now threatening to become a crossover sensation in more ways than one. Without a doubt, it’s the first Korine movie that could at least be mentioned in the same paragraph with the word “mainstream.” Opening today on 1,100 screens, Spring Breakers will probably make more money in one hour than all of Korine’s previous films (Gummo, Julien Donky-Boy, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Spring Break Forever.
Ok, once you’re done LOLing over the cross-demographic marketing gimmick of tossing youth starlets with squeaky clean personas (that have been sold to us by Disney Channel and ABC Family) into an R-rated sin-fest soaked in sex, drugs, and Edm directed by the excruciatingly independent Harmony Korine (whose previous film was Trash Humpers, a movie about people who hump trash), maybe you’ll be ready to sit down with me and have an actual conversation about this transcendentally Brilliant filmic encapsulation, summation, exploitation, celebration, and deconstruction of where we are right here and right now. Spring Break Forever.
- Harrison Foster
For those not familiar, Harmony Korine is a writer-director and provocateur whose transgressive films like Gummo, Mister Lonely and Trash Humpers have earned him a reputation as the sort of counter-cultural artist you either admire or despise. He returns with Spring Breakers, casting Selena Gomez (Wizards of Wizardly Place), Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) and his wife Rachel Korine as a pack of gallivanting bikini-clad college gals.
The story revolves around Faith (Gomez) and her best friends since grade school: Brit (Benson), Candy (Hudgens) and Cotty (Mrs. Korine). When a lack of proper funds threatens to derail their spring break plans, Faith and her companions decide that breaking the law to finance their quest is acceptable (even necessary). Their subsequent pursuit of booze, drugs and general mayhem lands them in hot water – which includes ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Admittedly I’m having a difficult time sorting through my feelings about “Spring Breakers.” To call it half incredible and half annoying sounds hyperbolic and doesn’t tell you anything real about the film, but walking out of the theater, that sums up my reaction. If it feels like indie auteur Harmony Korine (“Kids,” “Gummo,” “Trash Humpers”) made a modern sexploitation movie about bikini girls with machine guns in the vein of a Monte Hellman flick, then you’d be right, because that’s precisely what this is. The film alternately screams and whispers “Spring Break,” in both a literal and metaphorical sense, for the entire run time. “Spring Breakers” is a strange mixture of frenetic T&A—think uncensored footage from MTV’s coverage of college kids yearly pilgrimage to Florida—and all the ecstatic mayhem that brings, with a low-budget art house sensibility, and all the pretension that involves. »
- Brent McKnight
Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” took a tidy sum in limited release last weekend, and add that to a $3 million+ opening in France and Korine’s film is already off to great start, and will easily be his most successful film ever. Cast your mind back now to a pre-commercially successful Korine so you’re in the right headspace to watch one of his shorts, “Crutchnap.” Just 42-seconds long and made back in 2009, the same year that saw the release of “Trash Humpers,” it was part of a project entitled "OneDreamRush." Created by a New Zealand vodka company 42Below, they enlisted directors Mike Figgis, David Lynch, Gaspar Noe, Leos Carax, Carlos Reygadas, Abel Ferrara, Larry Clark, Kenneth Anger, and more to create super brief shorts, all running 42 seconds. The video’s certainly very surreal, if nothing like any dream we’ve ever had (thank goodness), and sees our cameraman, presumably Korine, »
- Joe Cunningham
In Harmony Korine’s previous work, from his incendiary debut Gummo all the way through the almost-impenetrable Trash Humpers, he afforded his audience the luxury of distance. The people who watched his films celebrated Korine’s authentic absurdity because it in no way resembled their respective realities. His public persona, such as his infamous Late Show visits, brought him enfant terrible status; it is impossible to know if everything he’s said in interviews is real and almost as implausible for that to be the case. Korine and his films provoke laughter but it’s a disingenuous laugh, one used as buffer, not as release. Not so for Spring Breakers.
In this his most pronounced foray into commercial filmmaking, Korine has erased the comfortable gap between the mundane and the deranged, the centre and its Other. He implodes the American Dream, shows that the other side of wealth is greed, »
- Jesse Klein
Director Harmony Korine’s buzzworthy film Spring Breakers debuted to a highly impressive per-theater average last week in limited release, and now the filmmaker has already secured financing for his potential next project. Deadline reports that John Lesher (End of Watch) has signed on to produce an untitled film that Korine will direct with Dcm Productions. The logline is being kept under wraps, but the story apparently centers on “a multi-generational family of criminals in the South.” Having last helmed the 2009 feature Trash Humpers, one could say Korine has a very distinct voice as a filmmaker. Thanks to his scantily-clad cast and a wild performance by James Franco, Spring Breakers has picked up considerable notice outside the indie community, and it has garnered generally favorable reviews (read Matt’s here). Though this Southern pic could very well be Korine’s next feature, he’s also developing projects with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: Spring Breakers helmer Harmony Korine, on the verge of having his first breakout hit after a most eclectic career, has made a deal for his next film to be produced by John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions and Dcm Productions. Spring Breakers will open wide this week through A24 after garnering a huge per-screen average in limited release, starring James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and the director’s wife, Rachel Korine. The title and log line of the new film are under wraps, but I’ve heard it involves a multi-generational family of criminals in the South. Spring Breakers producer Charles-Marie Anthonioz will also produce the film. This is likely to be Korine’s next directorial effort, but he is also developing projects with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures; she bought Spring Breakers at Toronto last fall. Korine’s new jail-bait sex kittenesque heist film seems »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
On just three screens over the weekend, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, at a stunning $90,000 per theater, has already made nine times as much money as his last feature(-ish thing), 2010’s Trash Humpers. It seems odd that American arthouse moviegoers would choose to see four starlets sinning and shooting their way through Bikini Beach, Florida over random VHS footage of masked freaks rubbing their genitals against dumpsters, but as the French would say, chacun son cinema. The surprising wave of good reviews for Korine’s senses-staggerin’, Disney-princess-exploitin’, Day-Glo experiment in excess, combined with the project’s »
Today’s film is the 2010 short Act Da Fool. The film is written and directed by Harmony Korine. Korine has made a name for himself in the arthouse film community over his 18-year career as both a writer and a director of films such as Gummo and Trash Humpers. His latest feature, Spring Breakers, opened in limited release in North American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
People might think it’s weird that writer/director Harmony Korine would gather a bunch of teeny-bopper starlets – including Rachel Benson, former Disney stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, and Korine’s own wife Rachel – to round out the cast of his new film. Korine is, after all, the king of American white-trash indie-cinema provocation. One of his past films featured a character who drowned cats for fun. The same movie features a prostitute with Down syndrome. His previous film was called Trash Humpers. This is a guy who almost forces his films to live on the fringes and to confront the viewer with decrepit images, so why has he decided to create an explosion of beer-soaked neon millennial debauchery that’s an ode to annual rites of passage seen plastered across TV screens live from the MTV Beach House? The answer is easy – in order to show us one »
- Sean Hutchinson
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