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What's On? 10.11.17

He's already famous for directing the low-budget Tangerine, one of the most uplifting accounts of transgender characters ever caught on film. Now Sean Baker returns with another low-budget special, The Florida Project, starring Willem Defoe and some unknown, brilliant child actors. If it's anything like as good as Tangerine, it will be worth watching.

That's my big recommend, from the images I've seen. It looks like a glimpse of the America you seldom see in Hollywood, the one caught in American Honey and the backdrop for those trippy films by Jim Jarmusch. The kind I never imagined as a kid growing up in a faraway country; instead what I saw was Disney and fuzzy, foreign-looking kids' TV shows like The Littlest Hobo. The Florida Project plays with those dreams, not necessarily in a dystopian way, but enough for some poignant contrasts.

Sticking with childhood, I was never into My Little Pony, the static-looking toys that you combed and, I don't know, trotted around in your bedroom. They've got a movie coming out this weekend too, and for that dazzling poster alone, it's worth a mention. Are they the shimmering mirage for children everywhere of what lies ahead in Trump's Magic Kingdom? But if there's one thing that Trump and I would probably agree on, albeit with different things in mind, it's the wistful question of what's wrong with dreaming and make-believe anyway?
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