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8. "Spring Breakers" (Harmony Korine)
Oddly enough, Harmony Korine's potent study of "spring break" as a state of mind shares the smallest of ideas with "Nebraska": the desperation for greener grass that grows like a fungus in small-town America. The film's imagery is gorgeously rendered by cinematographer Benoît Debie, hypnotic in its assemblage by editor Douglas Crise, its mise-en-scene a dreamy tapestry that hammers that very point: coaxing innocence from bored youth. James Franco's performance, in this context, rises above mere stunt into the realm of trickster serpent, wielding carnal and material temptation as his arsenal. Look at his shit, he says, as if daring his disciples to fight the superficial urge.