By Evan Hamza, November 9, 2017
What’s New At The Hyland This Week
1. The Florida Project
After turning heads with the 2015 Sundance darling, “Tangerine” – a film shot entirely on an iPhone 5S – Sean Baker is back with another film that delves into the lives of the American underrepresented.
“The Florida Project” wistfully depicts the adventures (some good some bad) of underprivileged children growing up in a purple motel on the outskirts of Orlando. In what is already being considered one of the best child-actor performances of recent memory, 6 year old Brooklyn Prince stars as Moonee, the resourceful and imaginative daughter of a blue-haired burnout.
Baker paints his characters with a deft humanistic brush, resulting in a story that is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking. Willem Dafoe also delivers perhaps the most grounded performance of career as the benevolent motel manager.
The Florida Project
2. Goodbye Christopher Robin
Have you ever wanted to know exactly how and why Winnie the Pooh was created?
If you’re a child of the 90s like me, then you probably remember that strange Canadian Heritage TV segment about little blonde bowl-cutted Christopher Robin discovering a Canadian soldier’s bear at a zoo. Well it turns out, it wasn’t quite that simple, or that happy. Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie star in this melancholic and nostalgia heavy story about finding light in dark times. The movie suggests a connection between the trauma of World War I and the childhood innocence expressed in the Pooh series.
Goodbye Christopher Robin
It’s not too late to catch Andy Serkis’s directorial debut “Breathe,” a film based on the true story of Robin Cavendish, who was paralyzed by polio at 28 but lived on to become a champion for the disabled.
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Evan Hamza is a London based filmmaker, writer, and cinephile.