Harmony Korine has outdone himself once again. In a film with a title—The Beach Bum—that says it all, one of the favorites of New Horizon audiences invites viewers to an endless party with Matthew McConaughey. The Hollywood star masterfully plays with his image in the role of Moondog, possibly the greatest stoner in American cinema since The Dude in The Big Lebowski. Never without a Hawaiian shirt, McConaughey plays a hedonist who, with a stubbornness worthy of a better cause, loses himself in a whirlwind of casual sex, drunkenness and drug-fueled insanity. As you might guess, the director blows marijuana smoke in the faces of the self-righteous and doesn’t for a moment think to condemn the protagonist’s behavior. Instead, he looks at Moondog with admiration, seeing in him a truly free man, living life according to his own rules, with no concern for conventions or discipline. As a result, The Beach Bum, though much less cerebral than Korine's earlier films, is both an unashamed and refreshingly provocative work.
Harmony Korine (born in 1973 in California) never graduated because he wanted to skateboard instead. He debuted in the film industry with his script Kids (1995), directed by controversial photographer Larry Clark. Korine made his directorial debut two years later with the surreal Gummo, acclaimed and derided as the worst film ever. Other films include the Dogma ’95-like Julien Donkey-Boy, nostalgic Mister Lonely and his most radical work, Trash Humpers, where a band of degenerates destroy home equipment and copulate with garbage cans. His work is exceptional for its specific humor and small-town settings.
1999 Julien Donkey-Boy
2007 Mister Lonely
2009 Trash Humpers
2012 Czwarty wymiar / The Fourth Dimension (co-dir.)
2012 Spring Breakers