SPRING BREAKERS
2012, A24, 94 min, Dir: Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine presents a bold new vision of the seasonal American ritual known as "spring break" - the bacchanalia of bikinis, beach parties and beer bongs that draws hordes of college students to the Florida coast and elsewhere each year. Brit (Ashley Benson), Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) are best friends anxious to cut loose on their own spring break adventure, but they lack sufficient funds. After holding up a restaurant for quick cash, the girls head to the shore in a stolen car for what they discover is the party of a lifetime. They’re thrown in jail - but quickly bailed out by Alien (James Franco), a local rapper, drug pusher and arms dealer who lures them into a criminal underbelly that’s as lurid as it is liberating for a close-knit gang of girlfriends who are still figuring out their path.


AMERICAN PSYCHO
2000, Lionsgate, 101 min, USA, Dir: Mary Harron

Director Mary Harron slyly distills Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel down to its satirical essence, using the conventions of the slasher film to explore the sociological horrors of 1980s America. Christian Bale is hilarious, charming and disturbing as an upwardly mobile yuppie who goes on a killing spree - the logical extension of his desire to consume everything in sight. With a terrific 1980s soundtrack, a visual style of Kubrickian precision, and an ensemble that includes Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto, this is a literary adaptation that is fully worthy of its source.


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