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The Best Male Film Performances of 2013
7 Jan 2014 // 8:14 PM
The best male film performances highlight how masculinity, managed within a more considered and complete character overview, can turn even the most rugged rogue into an equally strong if sensitive cinematic center.
Missed Movies of 2010, Part 2: Life During Wartime to Wild Grass
31 Jan 2011 // 3:00 PM
In our second half of 2010's overlooked offerings, we champion West Virginia 'white' trash, a mafia musical, the goriest (and goofiest) spring break ever, a trip to a town called Panic, and one unfairly dismissed, should have been an Oscar nominee mainstream hit from Ben Affleck.
Living Inside the Cliché: 'Spring Breakers'
8 Jul 2013 // 5:45 PM
Although one might condemn the girls of Spring Breakers for descending into the lustful materialism of St. Petes, it seems hypocritical coming from avid cinemagoers who also like to immerse themselves in the debauchery of horror films, musicals, melodramas, and the like.
'Spring Breakers', 'Pain & Gain' and Postmodern Folly at the Movies
9 May 2013 // 5:30 PM
Rather than exercise judgment or critical perspective on crime and punishment, Spring Breakers and Pain & Gain share their characters’ self-indulgence, making narcissism seem like a palatable or practical means to achieve goals.
Girls in Bikinis With Guns: ''Spring Breakers'
17 Mar 2013 // 11:30 PM
In Harmony Korine’s dizzy exploitationer, the beach bacchanals that entice bored college kids are essentially no different than the beer-bonging dorm parties they want to escape.
Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
31 Dec 1994 // 6:03 PM
A girlish figure skater glides across the ice, accompanied by a sorrowful Puccini aria. A young man (this is Julien, played by Ewan Bremner, best known in the United States as Trainspotting's hapless Spud) runs through snowy woods, his breath coming in gasps.
Trap Music and Old-School Britney: The Use of Music in 'Spring Breakers'
11 Apr 2013 // 12:00 AM
Harmony Korine’s film plays games with both the audience’s and the character’s perception of reality, fantasy, and familiarity. The various ways the music is employed throughout the film helps confuse, disorient, or ground us, and the play between diegetic and non-diegetic music brings us in and out of the characters’ perspective.
The Laughable Love/Hate for 'Spring Breakers'
25 Mar 2013 // 5:00 AM
As with any entertainment, opinions will vary and are always uniquely individual. Love it or hate it, Spring Breakers is not what you think. It's also not what the naysayers are struggling to suggest.
SXSW 2013: Selena Gomez Says ‘Spring Breakers’ Was ‘Liberating’
14 Mar 2013 // 2:30 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Among the most anticipated moments of the South by Southwest film festival was the U.S. premiere of “Spring Breakers.” Directed by provocateur