It stretches credulity to continue treating Harmony Korine like some crazed enfant terrible of filmmaking — dude’s past 40, married, a father, and by now has written and directed a substantial number of features, shorts, and unclassifiable oddities over two decades plus. And yet Spring Breakers, which from anyone else would be treated as a radioactive experiment in violent depravity, is instead discussed as Korine’s play for mainstream respectability. Guess it all depends where you’re coming from.
Much has been made of casting Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in this flick, and you can find ample chatter about that elsewhere. But who does Korine want to work with next? “Harrison Ford,” he says without hesitation. “Or Clint Eastwood.” After we got done imagining that, we talked with Korine about why and how he made Spring Breakers, how and why he makes movies at all, and his love of “liquid narrative.”
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