Harmony Korine is an American director, producer, screenwriter, and occassional actor. He is best known for writing Kids and directing the movies Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy, Mister Lonely, Trash Humpers, and Spring Breakers. His films deal with the darkness of daily life and have a heavy use of dark humor. The plots center around typical drama in the lives of human beings that are then exaggerated to the points that the are absurd. This causes tense moments where the audience is left to wonder if the images are funny because of how over the top they are, or if they are in fact very realistic and therefore are not funny because they hit too close to home. He allows for a lot of improvisation in his movies and gives his actors suggestions on note cards rather than giving them full on scripts. He makes use of surrealism, non-linear forms, and mixing different kinds of camera styles such as Super 8 alongside 35mm. His movies show unique and bizarre individuals with a high emphasis on areas that consist of abandoned buildings and broken objects. He calls this portrait the “American Landscape”, and it can be found in most of his work. He has been the subject for much debate whether his movies are pieces of art and actually have something worth saying, or if they are just pretentious and self indulgent. He has said many times that he does not like to cram his movies with a lot of metaphors that force people to constantly try and figure out what it all means. He would rather have memorable images that speak for themselves and stay with the audience members. I tend to agree with him, because I think the images in his movies are extremely difficult to forget due to his focus and direction.
Movies Still To Review:
Julien Donkey-Boy (1999):
Mister Lonely (2007):
Trash Humpers (2009):
Spring Breakers (2013): 8.25/10
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