Continuing my countdown to the best movies of 2013
Harmony Korine brings us Disney divas as girls gone wild and it surprisingly works to great effect. Fueled by a great score featuring Skrillex and Cliff Martinez, the film is a neon-colored, black-light lit fever dream featuring killer performances from the four young leads and an almost unrecognizable turn by James Franco.
A truly, great documentary can serve to affect social change by shining a light on injustice and inhumanity. I can honestly say that after seeing the treatment of these beautiful killer whales at the hands of Sea World, I will never step foot into another of their parks. And in that way, this is truly a great documentary.
This is yet another film in a great run of coming of age tales. It’s a crime that it’s rated R simply for featuring young boys talking the way young boys do. But I guess saying ‘fuck’ a couple times more worthy of the restrictive rating than the buckets of blood and violence seen in PG-13 blockbusters. That point aside, this is a fun and sweet movie.
Director Alexander Payne loves to send broken men in fractured relationships out on the open road to discover themselves and to dig deep into their damaged psyches. His muse on this trip is veteran Bruce Dern who, with his son, sets out to claim a sweepstakes fortune. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a wonderful movie.