Acting with James Franco
In Spring Breakers, James Franco has made the role of a lifetime: Alien, a gangsta white-boy townie from Florida who seduces (and in turn gets seduced by) the trio of bubble-gum co-eds turned criminals played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and director Harmony Korine’s wife, Rachel Korine. He’s a creepy, status-obsessed wannabe, but Franco managed to take inspiration from outside of himself anyway.
Since the beginning, rapper Riff Raff has been promoting the film, saying the Franco character was based on him. And the similarities are evident: the gold grill, the dreadlocks, the fact that one of his albums was called The Golden Alien and he and Korine appeared on a Sneeze magazine’s cover together.
All was kosher. That is, until James Franco got upset over the idea that his performance could have been done by the From Gs to Gents contestant himself.
Ultra-indie auteur Harmony Korine is screening his new film–the teen flick Spring Breakers, starring Disney alumni Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez–at the Venice Film Festival, and initial reviews describe the movie as James Franco’s show. The alternately reclusive and ultra-productive actor, decorated with multiple graduate degrees, “sits poolside at a cheesy white grand piano and sings Read More
Look, we all love Harmony Korine here. Well, not all of us, but some of us think that Julien Donkey-Boy was pretty good, all things considering. Trash Humpers we didn’t like. And we certainly aren’t fans of Mr. Korine enabling James Franco‘s artitude by making a movie starring him getting pounded on by female bikers for the Venice Biennale where the actor carved Brad Renfro into his arm. What? What.
But even if we allow Mr. Korine and Mr. Franco some leeway into their ideas on what constitutes “art,” we would appreciate it if they didn’t try to work it out using all the Disney princesses.
The Eight-Day Week
Wednesday, May 18
Most creative types have ambivalent memories of recess. While a respite from the strictures of the classroom were nice, the humiliations of dodgeball and other childrens’ “games” were for many the anvil on which a future of creative genius was hammered. But, hey, we’re past that now! Recess Activities Read More
Last night we caught up with Harmony Korine at the TFF premiere of his new film Mister Lonely. And get this—he’s a married man now! The writer of Kids and director of Gummo—and ahem, former Chloe Sevigny dater—arrived with wife Rachel Korine, a soft-spoken young woman of Lolita-esque beauty from his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Read More
Directed by Harmony Korine
Written by Avi Korine and Harmony Korine
Starring Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, Werner Herzog, James Fox
Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely, from a screenplay by Mr. Korine and his brother, Avi, is a more benign if comparatively overlong avant-garde enterprise than we have recently been accustomed Read More
Here in the U.S., Budweiser commercials tend to conjure images of sweaty dudes and babes throwing back a few cold ones under the sun or, more recently, of some red-blooded Bud spokesman explaining the science behind the King of Beer’s “unique seven-step brewing process” to thirsty patrons in a sports bar. But The Great American Read More
“It’s beyond X-rated. Beyond anything you’ve ever seen.”
Tiffany Limos was sipping lemonade at a café in Tribeca, talking about the movie she stars in, which is called Ken Park and which will be released in the fall. Sitting next to her was the film’s director, Larry Clark, who shocked audiences with his brutal portrayal Read More
After 22 years at The New York Times and too many bylines to count, film critic Janet Maslin is quitting. “I know this sounds impetuous,” she said on Sept. 20, just before going off to screenings for the New York Film Festival. “But I’ve known this wasn’t working for me and I didn’t want to Read More
Harmony Korine shot his latest movie, The Julien Chronicles , in the streets of New York with a hand-held digital video camera, without a script, and without special lighting or even props. Some would say the 25-year-old goofball auteur, who graced the world with the script of Kids and all of Gummo , is once Read More