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Film, "Only the Young": Uncool Kids Who Belong Together

"Only the Young": Uncool Kids Who Belong Together

Faced with adolescent skateboarders in an atrophied suburban desert town, how do moviegoers not brace for the worst? What with the entire filmography of Harmony Korine and the Jackass legacy all extolling the sorrowful but ass-kicking doom of youth adrift,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

Threesomes at the Toronto Film Festival: James Franco + Vanessa Hudgens + Ashley Benson vs. Asia Argento + Charlotte Gainsbourg + François Cluzet

This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa…
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Film, Film Feature Karina Longworth's Top 10 Films of 2010

Karina Longworth's Top 10 Films of 2010

Every four years, the American people act en masse to send a message to the nation's power brokers, and every four years, this vote is interpreted as a sign of the decline in taste, intelligence, and moral rectitude of the…
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Music, Sleep plays stoner metal for an angsty generation

Sleep plays stoner metal for an angsty generation

Within the sweaty milieu of depravity that is Harmony Korine's Gummo, a film loosely based on the cat-hunting teens and other backwoods delinquents of Xenia, Ohio, one scene epitomizes the essence of misunderstood youth at the end of the '90s. Two boys,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Trash Man

Trash Man

Harmony Korine, aging enfant terrible and self-proclaimed "most American" of American indies, finds his level and brings it home to Nashville with the gloriously desultory slap in the face of public taste, Trash Humpers. Korine has proposed the film as…
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Music, Reviewed Spiritualized


While Jason Pierce's past few efforts helming Spiritualized have been topsy-turvy (the hyperbolic Let It Come Down, which was, well, sort of a letdown and the more bare-bones/low-budget Amazing Grace), Songs in A&E is his most harrowing yet. The album…
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Film, The Way You Make Me Feel

The Way You Make Me Feel

A man in a Michael Jackson outfit — red shirt, black jeans, white face mask — rides hunched over the tiny frame of a clown bike. Jutting out to his side, attached by a wire, is a stuffed monkey puppet…
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Film, The Terrible Infant Speaks

The Terrible Infant Speaks

The snapshot, smudged with soot, shows a man with a puzzled expression propped up in a hospital bed. He is clearly a patient of some kind. The object cradled in his arms explains the puzzlement: a clown-red baseball bat. Another…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Trailer Hitch

Trailer Town is a bad movie. You realize this early on, when a grizzled old man takes his shit on a date. Literally. He does his business, pulls up a chair, whispers a few superfluous sweet nothings, then ... well,…
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Momus Stars

"Have I been tarred with the brush of Dylan, Beck, and Harmony Korine, who all used down-home imagery ironically to amuse sophisticated urban audiences? Am I a craven and opportunistic rootless charlatan posturing, when it suits me, as a Scot?"…
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The Good Creepiness; the Bad Creepiness

Repulsion Directed by Roman Polanski. Written by Polanski and Gerard Brach. Starring Catherine Deneuve. Opens Friday, May 22, at the Castro. Gummo Written and directed by Harmony Korine. Starring Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Darby Dougherty, Chloe Sevigny, Carisa…
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