There is no doubt that James Franco is an intelligent guy. He's obviously read a book or two in his life. He's a student of literature and very publicly attended Columbia for an MFA. Lately he's taken to writing lengthy essays on everything from new movie releases to books to video games.

However, he has this sort of Jekyll and Hyde writing style that can be difficult to ignore. It may be that he's still searching for his voice. Until then, though, let's just enjoy the show.

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  • Franco on Gatsby's Desires

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/james-francos-impressions-of-gatsby" target="_blank">"Gatsby."</a>

  • Franco on Gatsby and Girls Getting Fingered

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/james-francos-impressions-of-gatsby" target="_blank">"Gatsby."</a>

  • Franco on Poetry Without Words

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/leviathan-i-love-you" target="_blank">"'Leviathan,' I Love You."</a>

  • Franco on Cranes and Seagulls and WTF

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/leviathan-i-love-you" target="_blank">"'Leviathan,' I Love You."</a>

  • Franco on Biblical Allusion and Melville

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/leviathan-i-love-you" target="_blank">"'Leviathan,' I Love You."</a>

  • Franco on Dead Fish, Dead Cows and Romance

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/leviathan-i-love-you" target="_blank">"'Leviathan,' I Love You."</a>

  • Franco on Video Games as an Artform

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/my-name-is-tom-and-im-a-video-game-addict" target="_blank">"My Name Is Tom and I'm a Video Game Addict."</a>

  • Franco on Good Porn Sex

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/my-name-is-tom-and-im-a-video-game-addict" target="_blank">"My Name Is Tom and I'm a Video Game Addict."</a>

  • Franco on Bret Easton Ellis' Use of Sex, Money and Consumerism

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/american-psycho-twenty-years-laterten-years-later" target="_blank">"'American Psycho': Ten Years Later/Twenty Years Later."</a>

  • Franco on Chubby Terminators

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/american-psycho-twenty-years-laterten-years-later" target="_blank">"'American Psycho': Ten Years Later/Twenty Years Later."</a>

  • Franco on the Innocent Spirit of a Child

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/american-psycho-twenty-years-laterten-years-later" target="_blank">"'American Psycho': Ten Years Later/Twenty Years Later."</a>

  • Franco on Ferris Bueller

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/american-psycho-twenty-years-laterten-years-later" target="_blank">"'American Psycho': Ten Years Later/Twenty Years Later."</a>

  • Franco on Superman as a Christ Figure

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/man-of-steel-the-super-movie" target="_blank">"'Man of Steel': The Super Movie."</a>

  • Franco on Superman's Douchey Invincibility

    From his essay <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/man-of-steel-the-super-movie" target="_blank">"'Man of Steel': The Super Movie."</a>