Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers trailer just dropped yo.
I’m skeptical but I’ll still see it. Interested to see a Skrillex/Cliff Martinez collab.
Is the poster a Pussy Riot reference, or is it just a coincidence?
For Cinema Scope, Mark Peranson reported from TIFF:
First things first: despite the presence of Selena Gomez and the blonde Disney Channel twins, Spring Breakers is not a commercial film: it is hardcore art house. It’s not even Harmony Korine’s most commercial film, though maybe the many industry experts who have so opined associate boobies with commercialism. Nor is it at all revolutionary. Many things pop out of Spring Breakers along with those boobies, but first and foremost this is Harmony Korine doing late Hou Hsiao-hsien (say, Millennium Mambo and Flowers of Shanghai) via Miami Vice (the TV show and the movie) and Girls Gone Wild (the DVD and the downloadable internet version), and it’s as intriguing but also as problematic as that sounds. The structure is also right of out The Wizard of Oz, or I should say, thanks to the omnipresent vulgarity, Wild at Heart, as Korine’s four DTF heroine escape the glumness of small-town reality by robbing a Chicken Shack, bussing it to Florida, partying hearty, being arrested for drug possession, and eventually entering the last circle of hell when bailed out of jail by James Franco’s Scarface-adoring gangsta, a drug-dealing reprobate named Alien, who here substitutes for Bobby Peru.
The following is from the first page of Sam Shepard’s script for Paris, Texas.
(1) DESERT LANDSCAPE – EXTERIOR, DAY
A fissured, empty, almost lunar landscape—seen from a bird’s-eye view. The camera hovers over it. In the distance, a lone man appears; he is crossing this desert.
A hawk lands on a boulder.
The man stops, looks at the bird.
Then he drinks the last drops of water from a large plastic bottle. He is wearing a cheap Mexican suit, a red baseball cap , and sandals with bandages wrapped around them. His clothes are covered with dust and soaked with sweat. He has been walking for a long time.
This is Travis.
Travis throws away the empty plastic bottle, and continues on his way across the bleak, hot plains that lie before him.
Now watch the sequence. (In HD too)
23. “I’ve given up asking questions. l merely float on a tsunami of acceptance of anything life throws at me… and marvel stupidly.”
Source: Vice Magazine
Nagisa Oshima RIP
(March 31, 1932 – January 15, 2013)
“Since my very first films, primarily Night and Fog in Japan, certain critics have picked up on a shot that for them was characteristic of my work, one where a flame burns in the dark. For me, this flame represents the lives of my characters. But it’s also an image of our lives. I often cite this maxim: ‘Just like the fish that dwell in the abyss, we cannot find the light until we ourselves shine.’”
Here’s my favourite of his films Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1968) which i only watched two weeks ago due to it’s killer poster
I’d recommend watching Zero Dark Thirty and then reading this fantastic article by Alex Gibney
"It’s difficult for one filmmaker to criticize another. That’s a job best left to critics. However, in the case of Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, an issue that is central to the film — torture — is so important that I feel I must say something. Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow have been irresponsible and inaccurate in the way they have treated this issue in their film. I am not alone in that view. Yesterday, Senators Carl Levin, Dianne Feinstein and John McCain wrote a letter to Michael Lynton, the Chairman of Sony Pictures, accusing the studio of misrepresenting the facts and “perpetuating the myth that torture is effective,” and asking for the studio to correct the false impression created by the film. The film conveys the unmistakable conclusion that torture led to the death of bin Laden. That’s wrong and dangerously so, precisely because the film is so well made.”
UPDATE: Kathryn Bigelow has responded to criticism and has completely missed the point.
Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan
Girl From The North Country
From The Johnny Cash Show - June 17, 1969
This duet features somewhere towards the end of Silver Linings Playbook, which to my surprise I thought was quite good. It’s got a fantastic screenplay, an excellent performance from Bradley Cooper, and the first De Niro appearance that wasn’t god-awful in an age.