Todd Brown, Peter Martin, Ryland Aldrich, Brian Clark, Ben Umstead, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Ard Vijn, Patryk Czekaj, Joshua Chaplinsky, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Niels Matthijs, Patrick Holzapfel, Kurt Halfyard, Christopher O'Keeffe, Dustin Chang, J Hurtado, Jim Tudor, Ben Croll, Pierce Conran, Jason Gorber, Kwenton Bellette and Ernesto Zelaya Miñano contributed to this story.
James Franco in Spring Breakers
Todd Brown - Founder and Editor
Did I pick Franco last year after seeing this at the Toronto International Film Festival? I may very well have but even if so he's absolutely incredible. A mesmerizing, manic performance.
Ben Umstead - East Coast Editor
I've never been a Franco detractor, finding the man's seeming artistic recklessness and pretentious attitude outside of his studio pictures rather curious and playful enough to be amusing. He lends some of that "throw caution to the wind" gusto to his role as gangsta Alien and it is just glorious to watch. Excessive and garish and ugly to the point of posing, and on into passion and purity, this is Franco's best role since his defining turn as Daniel Desario on Freaks and Geeks.
Joshua Chaplinsky - Contributing writer
Franco deserves an Oscar for his sleazy, drug-dealing approximation of Bo Derek in 10. Sadly, he won't even be rewarded with a nomination. Seriously, Academy - wake the fuck up! This is next level shit, and will be remembered long after whatever boring performance wins Best Supporting Actor this year is forgotten.
J Hurtado - Contributing writer