Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Movie of the Month: 'Spring Breakers'

This month marks the beginning of the college spring break season and five years ago, one movie took that experience and flipped it upside down. Acclaimed auteur Harmony Korine took his interesting mind and twisted it into the college experience in a now cult classic -- Spring Breakers. Four coeds including Korine's real life wife, Rachel, along with Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson travel to Florida to get away from their lives by stealing and conning their way down to the Sunshine State. Once they get there, they encounter a drug kingpin played by James Franco and his henchmen portrayed by the ATL Twins. Franco's character takes an interest in the women and uses them as his pawns or so he thinks. As the women rampage their way through the Florida nightlife, the film takes massive twists and turns and at points makes you feel like you are on the drugs they are taking. Like most of Korine's films such as Kids and Gummo, when the film came out it was hit with massive controversy such as the female leads shedding their Disney image for a risque thriller as well as some people said the film objectified women and promoted rape culture, while others said it empowered all females. As the debates rage on five years later, one certainty is that this is still a film unlike any other.