The Florida Project review “Utterly absorbing”

The Florida Project PosterSean Baker made his name directing ‘Tangerine’ , an indie feature he shot entirely on an iPhone camera. ‘Tangerine’ told the story of an LA transgender prostitute and was frankly a marvel considering the low (non-existent) technology budget, teetering on visual masterpiece. His latest venture ‘The Florida Project’, shot in 35mm, is crisp, clear and colourful, but still clings onto that absorption with the beauty of the everyday in this lovingly told Oscar-nominated drama.

Six year old Moonie (Brooklyn Kimberly Prince) lives in Magic Castle with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) – a scrappy, contentious young woman with a silver piercing perched on her bottom lip, faded sky blue hair and rose tattoos bursting from her chest. She employs her daughter to sell discounted perfumes to the rich members of a nearby golf club, and when she is no longer able to, turns to sex work to provide for Moonie and make rent. Continue reading

“Disappointingly pedestrian” The Great Wall review

The Great Wall review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyAcclaimed director Zhang Yimou has been at the helm of some of China’s greatest film assets. 1991’s Raise the Red Lantern is widely regarded as one of the defining foreign-language films of its period and 2004’s House of Flying Daggers received huge critical acclamation for its stunning cinematography and exceptional script.

Here, Yimou teams up with one of Hollywood’s greatest assets, Matt Damon in a monster flick to rival all others. But does The Great Wall showcase the very best from its director and leading man?

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