The Beach Bum (2019)

The Beach Bum
Director: Harmony Korine
Writer: Harmony Korine
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania LaVie Owen, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Jimmy Buffett
Seen on: 8.4.2019
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Plot:
Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) is a poet who has become somewhat of a local legend. He lives a life of leisure, ambling around the Florida Keys, every once in a while even writing something. He can afford this thanks to his wife Minnie (Isla Fisher). Their marriage is not really happy though, with Moondog sleeping with any woman he meets and Minnie having an affair with Moondog’s friend Lingerie (Snoop Dogg). Moondog and Minnie’s daughter Heather (Stefanie LaVie Owen) is about to get married and when Moondog misbehaves at her wedding, he not only angers Heather, it sets a chain of events in motion that changes things for Moondog.

I was doubtful about watching The Beach Bum – it didn’t seem like my kind of film at all. But it is a film by Harmony Korine, so I wanted to give it a try anyway. Unfortunately, I should have listened to the doubtful voices in my head – they were right. The Beach Bum is so not my film.

The film poster showing Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) very big, surrounded by other characters of the film, much smaller.

[Slight SPOILERS]

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Stoker (2013)

Stoker
Director: Chan-wook Park
Writer: Wentworth Miller, Erin Cressida Wilson
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole KidmanJacki WeaverDermot Mulroney, Alden Ehrenreich, Harmony Korine

Plot:
India (Mia Wasikowska) just lost her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a car accident. But on the day of his funeral, her uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) appears. India didn’t know he existed and her mother Evie (Nicole Kidman) barely knew it herself. Charlie stays and slowly gets closer to India, who is initially abrasive. But he does seem to have his own agenda.

I expected grand things of Stoker. And despite my high expectations, I was completely blown away by how good the film actually is. It’s tense, it’s beautiful and it has an amazing cast. Hats off to everybody.

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Spring Breakers (2012)

Spring Breakers
Director: Harmony Korine
Writer: Harmony Korine
Cast: Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez, James Franco

Plot:
Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) have been best friends since kindergarten. Now they’re dreaming of going on Spring Break together, but they lack the funds. Finally Candy, Brit and Cotty rob a restaurant and the four of them get going. But once there, they get arrested for possession. They are bailed out of jail by Alien (James Franco), a rapper/drug dealer who wants to recruit them as his new gang.

Based on the marketing campaign, I expected this movie to be all boobs and cheap thrills, but since Kids (written by Harmony Korine) was one hell of a movie, I thought that I’d give it a chance at least. And I was very glad I did. Whether or not Spring Breakers is your cup of tea, I don’t know. But it certainly isn’t your run of the mill “girls gone wild” movie.

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