1. Spring Breakers
Director: Harmony Korine
Stars: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, James Franco, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane
Guns, bikinis, and a Riff Raff-esque James Franco—it’s a fix you didn’t even know you were fiending for. The most divisive film of 2013, Harmony Korine’s ecstasy trip follows three former goody-two shoes from the Disney channel and Korine’s wife as they embark on a drug-fueled spring break trip gone so wrong, but so damn right.
Sick of their boring bumblefuck nowhere college life, the powerful foursome rob a restaurant to travel to St. Petersburg, Florida, with the rest of the topless and twerking borderline-alcoholic students of the south. A party gone wrong lands them in jail, only to be bailed out by a corn-rowed rapper/dealer named Alien, James Franco. What follows is a nasty crime thriller that could make any parent send their kid to Jesus Camp.
Only it’s more than a crime thriller. It’s a bizarro feminist fairy tale. And an indictment of white privilege. It’s also a feature-length music video that contains a miniature music video for Britney Spears “Everytime,” with Franco on a white baby grand and the girls doing a synchronized dance with guns. It’s all of America in 2013 refracted through a sick kaleidoscope. It’s the most deliciously batshit movie of the year. —Tara Aquino