James Franco in Spring Breakers

For a few days last fall, the big watercooler pop culture event wasn’t yet another premium cable antihero drama or $200 million superhero blockbuster, but a 148-tweet epic of a stripper’s Florida road trip gone dramatically awry. The true-ish tale of Aziah “Zola” Wells followed two sex workers, a violent pimp, and a very sad boyfriend through a drug- and sex-fueled odyssey that eventually involved betrayal, kidnapping, a suicide attempt, and even a murder.

Naturally, the story immediately won over the internet and had fans clamoring for a movie adaptation, and now it’s actually getting one. From director James Franco, of course, because if a feature film based on a sordid Twitter rant doesn’t sound right up Franco’s alley, what does?  Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we let Ira Glass talk us into giving him $5, have another go at a teen handicam comedy, see something truly unique about a man with a sketchy past and even blurrier future, and end it all with a story about a drummer who has an anger management issue. 

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