There's a trend in actor-turned-director helmed films at Cannes this year, an impeccable direction of the people on screen. One of the clearest examples of this is James Franco's new feature film, As I Lay Dying.
I had the opportunity to catch up with James Franco and Travis Matthews this week to chat about the public's reaction to Interior. Leather Bar., their intentions behind making it to begin with, how gay sex will save American cinema, and much more.
The movie, The Iceman, is all the chillier because it is based on a true story. A hit man procedural directed by Ariel Vromen, the film opens with a c...
Based on Anthony Bruno's book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, this compelling thriller (opening May 3) offers a gritty and satisfying alternative to today's slickly-produced, big-budget studio films.
It's my 35th birthday, not that anyone should care. Here's a poem I wrote on my 31st birthday. I have done a few things in the past four years, but this poem still captures how I feel on my birthday.
Harmony Korine likes to shock and awe. He's the boy who would line up first in biology class to dissect a frog; the one who would bring home road kill...
I've been traveling quite a lot lately (albeit not in a hot air balloon!) and encountering all sorts of beautiful creatures myself, and that got me thinking a lot about my own journey. After New York Fashion Week, I hopped a night flight to Paris for the Première Vision Fabric Show (PV).
Oz The Great and Powerful When someone asks, "Are you the Wizard?", you say Yes! The new prequel spin on the classic: The Wizard of Oz takes us on a...
It's populated with characters who seem to have no interior life -- only a devotion to the pursuit of sensation via the eternal party. And, in his own oblique way, Korine offers commentary about just how empty that world is.
It is all too apt that James Franco should dedicate, in the metropolis that made gender-bending an art form, his latest multimedia exhibition, Gay Town.
Spring Breakers, one of the oddest things (not just movies, "things") that you will ever see with your own eyes, opens in limited release this weekend. On the surface, it's about four girls (played by Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) who, while visiting Florida during Spring Break, meet a rapper/drug dealer named Alien (played by James Franco, of course). Here, we do our best to answer every question that you could possibly have about Spring Breakers.
The women of Oz: The Great and Powerful may have serious issues in how they are written and presented, but at least Oz: The Great and Powerful has women (plural) in it at all.
Another film that answers questions we didn't ask, Oz the Great and Powerful is a prequel showing how the magical land over the rainbow got its formidable-but-all-too-fallible wizard.
Any review of Oz the Great and Powerful that fails to use some variant of the word "wretched" is not to be trusted. A critic who avoids "queasy," "soul-chafing" and "aspartame" has almost certainly been paid off by Disney. It's conceivable that someone somewhere has taste just rotten enough that they can dodge these terms without being slipped a few bucks. But unlikely.
No red slippers. No need. Oz works. Color, vivid color, is the star.
While Oz: The Great and Powerful has its writing issues, it's far more satisfying than Alice in Wonderland and I can confirm that it went over like gangbusters with the packed general audience crowd I saw it with. All the signs indicate that it is in it for the long haul.