It was the performance of a lifetime. Absolute genius, no doubt about it. As the batshit über-douche Alien in Harmony Korrine’s groundbreaking Spring Breakers, James Franco was absolutely untethered from reality, looser and more fun than he’s been in any role in recent memory. No less an authority than Werner Herzog said that his performance made De Niro in Taxi Driver look like a kindergartener, and that the film was the most important film of the decade. So it’s really no surprise that Spring Breakers’ distributor A24 have released a minute-long cut reminding us of his well-rounded and mesmerising performance as Alien. Watch it and relive the magic. And think about it: If he DOES get nominated, what a FABULOUS catagory Supporting Actor is going to be this year. Jared vs James vs Jonah vs Fassy vs Bradley Cooper. WOW. Not a dud in the bunch. (via WeTheUrban)
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Here’s the shot-for-shot spoof of Kanye West’s much-discussed “Bound 2″ video starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, who apparently had a lot of downtime on the set of their forthcoming movie The Interview. You’re welcome. If you want to get all intellectual about Kanye’s video, see New York magazine’s art critic Jerry Saltz’s take on what Bound 2 represents here.
An excerpt; ‘Bound 2′ is certainly a piece of work — a freakish act of creation and destruction by appropriation. It stars Kanye and his fiancée, Kim Kardashian, and we see (along with the two of them) wild horses running in rivers, eagles flying to the sky, sunsets, purple mountain majesties, redwood forests, and gulfstream waters. It’s a teenage girl’s bedroom’s idea of romance crossed with Richard Prince’s Cowboy photographs, American Romanticism, Celestial Seasonings packages, shampoo commercials, Iranian music videos, Thomas Kinkaid, beer ads, Jeff Koons, The Onion, Lars von Trier, the House of Fendi, and Jeffrey Deitch and his own uncanny 1992 prophecy ‘The Freudian model of the psychological person is dissolving … freed of the constraints of one’s past.’ The New Uncanny is un-self-consciousness filtered through hyper-self-consciousness, unprocessed absurdity, grandiosity of desire, and fantastic self-regard.” That – and it’s ripe for parody, and pretty funny too.
James Franco heads into the AMA after-party at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood carrying – what else? – the homo classic City of Night by John Rechy, because what else would James Franco do at a party except let everyone know he’s reading a book about gay hustlers? WE GET IT. YOU LIKE THE GAYS. YOU FIND OUR DARK AND MYSTERIOUS SUBCULTURE WORTHY OF PLUNDERING FOR YOUR AHHHRT. *throws hands in air* Just leave the book in the car, Dr Livingston. (Photo: Pacific Coast News)
For his second cover of the day (see his Harper’s Bazaar China cover here), the squinty hunk sports a houndstooth jacket, a turtleneck, and a goatee. YUM.