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Film of the Week: Spring Breakers

I'm in a film/video class this winter quarter. Shooting video isn't a strong skill of mine. I want to be really good at it, so hopefully, with the help of this class, my skills can progress. I thought to help motivate myself and maybe inspire others would be to post a film of the week. It probably won't be every week - but throughout this quarter, I'm going to draw inspiration from movies and videos.

This week: Spring Breakers.

If you aren't aware, in short, Spring Breakers is about four girl college students who are short on cash needed for a spring-break trip, so they rob a diner and go to Florida. The party they are at in Florida gets broken up by the police and the girls get arrested. The girls are unexpectedly bailed out by a drug dealer and aspiring rap artist. Soon after, three of the four gal pals decide to join the dealer/rap artist in a life of crime.

I wouldn't say the content of this movie is amazing. I don't dislike it, however, it's not a movie I want to watch every day or frequently.

I really did enjoy the cinematography and the audio of this movie. Throughout the movie, the phrase: "Spring break, spring break, spring break forever," is replayed. Also, the girls who stay with the drug dealer in a a life of crime have audio layered over scenes talking about how this experience changed them for the better and how it was a really amazing time. I just think it's really interesting putting this upbeat and inspiring speech on top of scenes that you wouldn't necessarily associate with happy things.

I thought the lighting and the mood of the scenes really made the movie what it is. I don't know if that makes sense, but I think all the scenes, the angles, and the lighting really made the movie into an artistic masterpiece.

If you haven't seen it, I recommend you take a watch.

You can find it on Amazon, Hulu, Netflix (maybe), and iTunes.

(Known Actors: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, etc.)



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