April 30, 2008 |
Harmony Korine burst onto the independent film scene in the late '90s as the twentysomething enfant terrible who wrote the screenplay to the controversial "Kids" and went on to direct the purposefully modulated provocations "Gummo" and "Julien Donkey-Boy." Then he seemed to vanish into a cloud of drug rumors, transient living and alleged projects. It was as if he had come to destroy cinema, and in the process nearly killed himself.
July 6, 2013 |
The Gatekeepers Sony Blu-ray, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Dror Moreh's innovative, comprehensive documentary was nominated for an Academy Award this past year and deservedly so. To tell the story of Israel's security agency Shin Bet, Moreh gets rare interviews with six of its former heads and illustrates them with archival films and dynamic animations of old photographs, illuminating both the violence that...
October 18, 1999 |
In the years since Harmony Korine, then 18, wrote the script for Larry Clark's controversial 1995 "Kids," he has directed two films himself, "Gummo" (1997) and "julien donkey-boy," which opened Friday at the Sunset 5. In that time he's been the subject of considerable ink, both as a chronicler of life on the brutal edges of American society and as a put-on artist with the press.
March 8, 2013 |
It remains to be seen whether "Spring Breakers" turns out to be one of the movies of the year, but it is without question a movie of its moment. It has been a source of intense interest since shooting first started around St. Pete Beach in Florida last spring, as images began to surface via paparazzi and social media of young starlets Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson. Seeming to be a part of raunchy spring break shenanigans, they were seen riding scooters, frolicking on the beach and being marched around in bikinis and handcuffs.
June 16, 2013 |
Forget "World War Z. " The true zombie movie this summer is "The Bling Ring. " Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, the film has the quality of a vacant stare, reflecting back a disturbing, unsettling blankness. The story is based on the real-life group of L.A youths who burglarized the homes of celebrities they ostensibly admired - an iconographic coterie that included Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Seeming to lack a conscience or sense of consequence, the gang grabbed tabloid infamy as a jaundiced apex of contemporary consumer/reality culture.
June 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK CITY - Sofia Coppola could have easily gone the studio route in choosing a distributor for her new movie, "The Bling Ring. " Instead she chose the upstart company that set loose the viral image of James Franco as a resplendently thugged-out Jesus. The Facebook posting of the actor in his "Spring Breakers" lizard-king persona, surrounded by his bikini-clad costars, director Harmony Korine and rapper Gucci Mane at a "Last Supper"-style banquet table, spread across the web in late March with a tide of 20,000 thumbs-up.