Why Film Critics Are WRONG.

Film critics these days are wrong, besides the ones on YouTube like Chris Stuckmann and ralphthemoviemaker, which is funny. Guys on YouTube are doing better job of critiquing movies than “professional” film critics! Here’s why they’re wrong:



1. What they say is meaningless, most of the time


Go on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Read what critics have to say. It’s mostly just a bunch of big words with no analysis or evidence to back up their opinions. Chris Stuckmann once said that film critics these days are more interested in writing something that can be slapped on a Blu-Ray cover instead of, you know, actually talking about the movie.


2. Politics


Film critics are pathetic when it comes to politics. They will base an entire review of  a movie off of them trying not to look racist or sexist. They’re basically white knights and the white antagonists of Get Out, a movie that made fun of left wingers who try not to act racist and fetishize black people, which is what film critics do. According to critics, Blade Runner 2049 is misogynistic simply because some female characters die. Can someone explain to me how that is misogynistic?

3. Tropes that they ignore due to personal bias


There are tons of movies about actors struggling to get a breakout role, and many of them have the same plot. The reason these movies are always so critically acclaimed is because film critics are failed artists. They’re failed actors, failed directors, failed screenwriters, and failed cinematographers. So when they see a movie about a struggling artist, like The Artist, they guve it universal praise because they can relate to it (I loved The Artist but if it wasn’t a black-and-white silent movie, it wouldn’t be as good.) Meanwhile, a movie like La La Land that takes its familiar premise in a more modern different direction also gets universally praised at time of release, but then suffers backlash because it apparently “lacks diversity” even though there are many cast members of different races in the movie and its not as relatable.

4. Any movie that they can’t understand is a “masterpiece”

'Only a pretentious fool would call this art!' 'I like it.'

Yes, I’m talking about the movies like 2001 and Under The Skin. I’m not talking about whether I dislike those movies or not, but I do enjoy Under The Skin. However, critics who don’t understand the movie will just love it and talk about how it’s a “work of art” or a “masterpiece” or a “tour de force.” Stop trying to look intellectual.

Thanks for reading about why I hate a lot of movie critics today, and reviews of Molly’s Game and Blade Runner 2049 are coming up.



Overrated Movie Review – 2001: A Space Odyssey

Yesterday, I finally got a Blu-Ray of Blade Runner 2049. I wasn’t able to see it in theaters due to my age, and I’m still not allowed to see it, but I’ll probably watch it in secret sometime. Anyways because of that, I rewatched the original Blade Runner, specifically the final cut of the movie. I had to watch Blade Runner on my laptop the first time I viewed it, so no one could catch me viewing a film I wasn’t allowed to see. That was during the month of December.

I had been interested in Blade Runner ever since I became in love with mystery/noir/thriller movies back in late 2016. I wasn’t able to see it back then, but I decided to order it on Netflix many months after it peaked my interest. When I first saw it, I loved it and the slow pace of it didn’t really bother me since the plot, characters, and world were so interesting. You’ll be happy to hear the second time I saw it, I watched it on a big TV screen rather than a laptop. And I loved it even more.

Blade Runner is a masterpiece and beautiful work of art. During my second viewing, the slow pace of the film became nonexistent because when the movie isn’t developing its characters or progressing its plot, there is so much visual beauty and it’s so easy to get soaked in the world of 2019 Los Angeles. I’m actually surprised people can complain about it being slow paced. Moving forward, there was another movie that I watched a few months ago, a movie that I loved and would consider to be one of the best of the decade so far. That movie is The Tree of Life.

So what do these movies have in common? Well, many people complain about their slow pace. However, Blade Runner is universally loved, but The Tree of Life is a very divisive movie. The Tree of Life is definitely an experimental movie while Blade Runner is a narrative-driven one. When I think about these two movies, I’ve realized that I am able to ignore their slow pace and still be in awe at how brilliant I think they are. So, I thought to myself, “Well, I’m able to watch slow-paced movies now. The Tree of Life was a slow-paced, experimental movie. Now that I’ve grown to watch slow-paced arthouse movies, maybe I should give 2001 a rewatch.”

If you’re wondering, I still haven’t rewatched Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Every time I tell myself to rewatch it, another part of me reminds myself of the frustrating and mind-numbing experience I had when I first watched it in the November of 2016. I was so excited to watch it. It was supposed to be one of the greatest, most thought-provoking movies ever made. Countless directors I admired have named 2001 as an important influence on their films.

So what did I get out of the “smartest, most intellectual movie ever made?” Pretty shots and amazing special effects. Nothing more, no character, no plot, just technical marvel and some interesting ideas just thrown together. You can tell me about how dumb I am because I don’t like this movie. You can tell yourself how smart you are and how everyone else is just a dumb simpleton simply because you liked a movie. But, I’m going to tell you that that is a load of bullshit. Your taste in art has absolutely no correlation to your intelligence.

Moving along, I think Stanley Kubrick is amazing. He was a wonderful filmmaker. I can easily say Full Metal Jacket would be in the top 30 if every movie ever made was ranked. I just don’t think 2001 is all that great. It seems silly, but I would be willing to say that a group of the 2001 fanbase only like this movie because they feel that if they didn’t like it then that doesn’t make them smart or that they only like this movie because they want to seem artsy.

Now that I’m done ranting about some of the annoying fans, not all, but some, I’m going to talk about why this movie disappointed me. And by movie, I mean the first half since that was all I could get through. 2001 has a lot of interesting ideas such as evolution, life, technological innovation, and so on. But, it never makes a plot around these themes. It just showcases these concepts without any dialogue. Also, the only character in this movie is that computer that apparently goes rogue during the second half. Another infuriating quality about this movie is the unbelievable pace. I don’t have a problem with it being slow.

I have a problem with it being slow for absolutely no reason. 2001 wastes a lot of time drawing everything out so much. It makes the movie boring after you’ve stopped being in awe due to the amazing special effects and scenic cinematography. In The Tree of Life, the pace is slow, but the movie moves forward and doesn’t waste any time. Everything that happens in The Tree of Life is relevant to the plot and the development of its main protagonist, besides the birth-of-the-universe sequence which is inspired by 2001, and is probably my second least-favorite part of the movie. That being said, its still a good scene with great music, mood set-up, and excellent visuals.

And it doesn’t go on longer than it needs to, unlike 2001. Not just that, but The Tree of Life has a plot that connects with its themes, characters that are interesting, and its just an amazingly emotional experience. I am very surprised that people call The Tree of Life the 2001: A Space Odyssey of the 21st century even though the only similarities they share is that they’re both kind of the same genre, except The Tree of Life doesn’t have much to do with science fiction, and it has one scene that takes place in space. Overall, 2001 is a movie with great visuals, special effects, and music and I cannot deny how influential it is, but for goodness’s sake, I was so disappointed. It’s a great example of style over substance. Then again, maybe one day I’ll give in and rewatch it and realize that its a great movie since everyone says it requires multiple viewings to be appreciated, but honestly, if you need to watch a movie more than twice to think its a good movie, it probably isn’t that good. Anyways, thanks for reading and look forward to my review of Molly’s Game, a movie by my favorite screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin.


Ranking The Movies I Saw This Year

It’s the last Friday of the year, so it’s time to rank everything I saw from this year. I believe that ends up to about only 7 movies, but that’s because I spent so much time watching movies from past years. Most of the movies I saw were great, and there’s only one movie that I didn’t enjoy. Enough pep-talk, let’s get to it.


1. Dunkirk/Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I had trouble picking between these two, so I didn’t. They’re both masterpieces. Dunkirk was an amazing visual experience, beautifully directed, and with a story that was told breathtakingly. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the best written movie I’ve seen this year. It is complex and has some of the best characters of this year.

2. The Florida Project


The Florida Project was an amazing and emotional film that didn’t feel like I was watching a movie. It is very funny, dramatic, and has two of the best performances of the year. For more detail, click here for my review.

3. The Disaster Artist


The Disaster Artist was the most fun movie I’ve seen this year. It is great escapism, which is funny, considering it’s based on a true story. It’s impactful, hilarious, and boasts the talent of the understated James Franco. Like the previous entry, if you want more detail, click here for my review of The Disaster Artist.

4. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi


I know this movie is really divisive. I understand its problems. I have flaws with it too. But for what it was trying to do, it achieved it so well. A great experience for the new generation of Star Wars fans, as well as some of the old generation fans like myself. Here is a link to my review.

5. Baby Driver


Baby Driver has some of the best action I have seen all year. This movie is intense, and has a story that is entertaining and thought out well, even if the premise is familiar. Also it’s impossible not to mention the amazing soundtrack and sound design. I would describe this movie as an eargasm.

6. It

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This movie definitely relied heavily on jump scares, and I wouldn’t say It‘s a scary movie at all. It is definitely nerve wracking and unsettling though. The child performances were stellar, the cinematography was immersive, and Bill Skarsgard’s performance as Pennywise blurred the line between actor and character.

7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


One of the great Marvel movies for sure. It had great expansion on character arcs and relationships, and as expected, was just pure fun.

8. Spider-Man Homecoming/Wonder Woman

Another one that I had trouble picking between. I liked both of these movies, but I think they were both overrated. Regardless, they did a good job. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a movie that finally nailed the character after 13 years. Wonder Woman was a good adaptation of a character that people had been dying to see on screen for decades.

9. Justice League


Justice League had problems. It was disappointing and rushed. But, I still think it’s a solid, above-average movie. Most of the characters’ personalities were finally true to their comic book counterparts. This is actually one of the only comic book movies that I think does a good job at setting up future movies. The post-credits scene is the best scene in the movie, and I’m excited for what’s next in the DCEU.

10. Transformers: The Last Knight


Behold, the only movie on this list that I didn’t enjoy. The latest Transformers movie is predictable, with no character, a plot that’s a mess, and a failed attempt at trying to be a feminist movie. Which is ironic, coming from director Michael Bay, who gave objectifying body shots of Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington Whiteley, plus that girl who played the robot that tried to fake-seduce Sam Witwicky. Michael Bay has always said his movies are targeted towards teenage boys, which makes sense for the other Transformers movies with loud action and attractive cast members. Maybe he shouldn’t try to be something he isn’t.


So there it is, a ranking of all the movies I saw in 2017. I would add the King Kong movie that I watched on Blu-ray, but it was so boring that I was on my phone the whole time. Click here for movie recommendations by other film fans. Let’s go 2018!

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Review (SPOILERS)

At first, I liked The Last Jedi, but I did consider it disappointing. Maybe a part of me is still disappointed. This movie is one of the most odd movies I have seen this year. Unlike most movies, the more I think about this one, the more I like it. I think The Last Jedi is a great movie. I can understand why people don’t like it.

I still have one huge problem with this movie, and some other small problems. I believe the big flaw with this movie does take a LOT away from it. But, all the stuff this movie does well, is done SO unbelievably well. The story, for the most part, is pretty well-written, and easy to get invested in. The characters, for the most part, are expanded upon, and have more depth to them, especially Poe.

The action sequences in this movie are the best in the entire saga. The film is unpredictable and makes a lot of daring choices. Rian Johnson doesn’t hold back and makes sure that he isn’t playing it safe. I don’t think this movie is a masterpiece, just to clarify. The daring choices do become a problem, which I will get into later. This movie also makes up for all the flaws that The Force Awakens had.

I liked The Force Awakens. It has become cool to hate now, but I still think its a pretty good movie. However, J.J. Abrams played it too safe. I’m basically going to regurgitate what everyone else has already said. The Force Awakens is too similar to the original Star Wars trilogy. Rey and Finn are compelling, but very overpowered characters.(Side note to Daisy Ridley: We all love you, Daisy. You’re an amazing actress, and you’ve done a wonderful job of portraying Rey. You’re also a nice and funny person in general. But, Mary Sue isn’t a sexist term. Gary Stu is the male counterpart to Mary Sue.) The only time Finn isn’t overpowered and somehow automatically a master at using a lightsaber, AND a decent pilot within minutes of the movie, is when Kylo Ren beat him. This is just used as an opportunity to showcase Rey saving Finn’s sorry butt, by somehow becoming a great user of the force, and she’s even better with a lightsaber than Finn is.

Kylo Ren should’ve easily beat them both. Now, back to The Last Jedi, the characters aren’t overpowered. Rey is still pretty good, but it is shown that she does need training in this movie. Finn is also not flawless, and he gets captured by the First Order due to a mistake he has made. As I said earlier, this film doesn’t play it safe. The mystery of Rey’s parents is finally deduced, and it’s nothing anyone was expecting.

Moving along, in this movie, all the actors upped the ante. The performances were great as expected. I also loved how this movie showed that lightspeed could be used as a weapon, and that sequence was done beautifully. This movie is directed very well, which is also expected, as it’s coming from the man who directed Brick and Looper.

Now that I’ve praised so much about this movie, I will reveal what’s tying it down. I loved Rian Johnson’s work, but I don’t think he understood Luke Skywalker that well. And I’m not talking about the fact that Luke went into isolation. That’s something a Jedi WOULD do. That’s what caused Obi-Wan Kenobi to become Ben Kenobi in Tatooine. That’s what caused Yoda to live in Dagobah. I’m really frustrated with the fact that Luke thought about murdering Ben Solo. Luke wouldn’t have thought about killing Ben as his first solution, no Jedi would. This is such a big problem, and it’s what caused me to felt violated by this movie the first time I saw it. Luckily, we see the Luke Skywalker we all know and love at the end, but it’s as a force projection, and then he dies.

I also had a problem with some stupid things in the movie like Leia flying through space, and characters surviving attacks that should have killed them. Also, The Force Awakens completely ignored that Leia was training with the force, as Luke told her to in Return of the Jedi. This movie just shows her pull off a feat like she’s Superman. Another flaw I had with this movie, which is a flaw I had with The Force Awakens, and a flaw I’m certain I will have with Episode IX. This new trilogy is reusing ideas from the original trilogy, like a Jedi who turns to the dark side and is conflicted, a protagonist who is poor, but happens to end up on an adventure by chance. In this movie, Rey goes Return of the Jedi, and tries to turn Kylo Ren back to the light side.

That ends up in Kylo killing his master, Supreme Leader Snoke, kind of like how Darth Vader, a Jedi who turned to the dark side and is conflicted, killed his master, Darth Sidious. Maybe in Episode IX, we’ll learn that Kylo Ren is Rey’s true father. The last flaw I have with this movie is Rose. She’s a pointless character. They tried to give her some backstory, but it didn’t work, and I didn’t really care about her until she sacrificed herself for Finn.

Some people have other flaws with this movie and trilogy, like how it’s “SJW garbage” and “feminist propaganda.” And yet, hypocritical right-wingers wonder why the biased liberal media call them trolls. Just because the main protagonist in a movie is female, and the movie has some diversity, doesn’t mean it’s Ghostbusters 2016. I can slightly agree when people say Rose was only part of the movie for the sake of diversity, but I never got the idea that these movies were forcing an agenda on the audience.

So, there it is, my thoughts on The Last Jedi. Let’s all hope Episode IX isn’t as divisive as this film. If you’re interested in my ranking of the franchise, here it is.


  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Return of the Jedi
  3. A New Hope
  4. The Last Jedi
  5. The Force Awakens
  6. Revenge of the Sith
  7. Rogue One
  8. The Phantom Menace
  9. Attack of the Clones


The Disaster Artist Review

After The Florida Project, I saw three movies. Justice League, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Disaster Artist. I liked all of these movies, Justice League may have been a disappointment, but it was pretty fun and I liked the way the characters were written. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was a masterpiece of character depth, plot, direction, and cinematography and is tied for my favorite movie of this year with Dunkirk.

The Disaster Artist is also one of the best movies of this year. It is also probably the most fun I’ve had in the movie theater this year. My expectations for this film were high, and regardless of the certain “doesn’t have much style” criticisms this move has thrown against it, it still blew me away.  This movie is mostly a love letter to movies, dreams, art, comedy, and a showcase for James Franco. Speaking of James Franco, he was absolutely amazing in this movie, both as director and lead actor. I love the way this movie was directed, had this been any other director, it would’ve either focused too much on the comedy aspect of The Room, or it would’ve been pretentious style-over-substance jargon by some hack who’s completely full of themselves.

James Franco knows how to do the source material justice, however. Yes, we get some funny throwbacks to scenes from The Room, but we also get a lot of hilarity of what went behind the scenes. It is also an emotional drama, we easily fall in love with Tommy due to the writing and James Franco’s performance. Some people have criticized this movie because it isn’t that stylish. I thought it was pretty stylish, especially with its gritty, handheld camera work. Maybe its style wasn’t completely original, but unlike many film students and directors, James Franco understands that you don’t achieve depth with style, you achieve it with substance.

Going back to the performance of James Franco, he easily gave the best performance of his career. Definitely one of this year’s standout performances, and probably one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. I never saw James Franco, I always saw Tommy. This performance reminds me of Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs. Yes, he may not look like the person, he may not sound like the person, but in the end, he got the essence of the person. I hope James Franco gets an Oscar, but then all the pretentious film fans will riot since it’s a comedy performance, as well as a drama one.

 There isn’t a lot of things to pick apart in this film, and I can’t wait for it to be released on Blu-Ray. Definitely a must-watch for fans of The Room, fans of movies, and fans of comedy. It is probably the 3rd best movie I’ve seen this year. Thanks for reading, and stay in tune for a review of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. There’s a lot to talk about in that review, including how it disappointed me, how it compares to The Force Awakens and the original trilogy, and Rian Johnson’s treatment for Star Wars, specifically his spinoff trilogy. 


Film V Digital DOESN’T Matter

I don’t care how beautiful your grain mixed with the high-contrast, vibrant image is. I’m indifferent to how sharp and detailed your 4K resolution image is. If you want to shoot on film, go ahead. If you prefer the cheaper and more easy alternative, digital cinematography, then use that. Just don’t shove it down my throat.

Back in the 1890s, movies were just moving photographs with one scene, being only a minute long. Nothing more. As time progressed, movies began to have stories, they became longer, and they grew in technological progression. Movies went from black-and-white to color, from silent to having sound. The one thing that didn’t change was the camera format.

Ever since its birth, films were usually shot on a camera that had film celluloid loaded in. Each roll of film celluloid would provide around two and a half minutes of shooting time. Once the day was over, the celluloid would be sent to a lab to be processed, and then sent back. It’s a tedious process, but that’s just how it was done.

There are 3 main formats of film celluloid. Super 8, otherwise known as 8 mm (I’m making a short movie featuring Super 8 in the story), 16 mm, and 35 mm. Super 8 looks vintage and has a lot of grain and scratches, but amazing color and contrast. It’s not a great image, but amateur filmmakers would use it since it was the cheapest option. 16 mm is the best format of film celluloid since it retains the grain of Super 8, but has higher image quality, along with the beautiful color, which is expected. 35 mm is also good, definitely better than Super 8, but its hard to differentiate from digital nowadays.

In the present day, there have been other forms of film celluloid such as IMAX and 65 mm. But that’s not what matters. The point is, film celluloid is rarely used when creating a movie in this day and age. It has been mostly replaced by digital, which is a great format, despite what all the hipsters and nostalgia-blinded film students will say. Digital started in the late 1980s, when Sony tried to market “electronic cinematography cameras.” The cameras failed, but they are still revolutionary. Digital post-production became a thing, and soon enough, so did digital filming.

The first use of digital cameras that launched it into the mainstream was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The digital footage was combined with film celluloid footage and looked good, actually. This led to George Lucas shooting the remaining two prequels entirely on digital. 1-prequels

Slowly, theaters started installing digital projectors, and eventually, the prominent studio Paramount eliminated the use of film celluloid in their movies. The question is why did digital overpower film? What makes it so great? It’s all in the preparation and production of a movie digitally vs preparation and production of a movie with film. With digital, you put a card with a lot of gigabytes in the camera, and you can shoot as much as the card can hold. Then, you just load it onto a computer and begin the post production process of editing and special effects. With film celluloid, it’s more complex and expensive, as I said with the process in paragraph 3. However, digital cameras record very flat, dull, and boring images, so there is room for color correction and color grading on the computer. Film celluloid gives you the colorful, defined look that makes movies look different to real life.

Does that mean digital is just a cheap, easy way out? No. Film celluloid =/= more beautiful image. Some of the most beautiful movies ever made such as The Revenant and The Tree of Life were shot digitally. One of the most popular cinematographers, Roger Deakins, endorses digital opposed to film celluloid. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Critics and audiences won’t care if you shot your movie with the RED Weapon 8K camera or a 65 mm film camera. Cinematography has never just been about the camera you use. It’s about what you’re supposed to capture and how you capture it in a way that makes it emotional and breath-taking.

In conclusion, yes, digital has dominated film celluloid. Is that a bad thing? No. Film is still accessible, but it should be more cheaper. Student filmmakers shouldn’t be restricted to just using a digital camera, whether it be a smartphone, DSLR, or maybe even a digital movie camera. Either way, the directors in Hollywood should stop complaining about digital. You all still have the money for film celluloid. Celluloid is not going to die. It never will, no matter what comes. While I consider digital cameras equal to film cameras, I will say that film celluloid has always been more timeless than digital. The only digital cameras I would consider timeless are the ARRI Alexa and the Red Weapon 8K/Red Epic.


The Florida Project Movie Review

“The best movie you will see this year.”, said one of the most famous popstars in the music industry. That was a quote by the singer/rapper, Drake. He was remarking an indie film directed by a somewhat obscure man whose previous work includes a feature length movie shot entirely on the iPhone 5S. The director, Sean Baker, has proved himself to be a filmmaker to keep an eye on, with his new movie, The Florida Project. 

First, The Florida Project premiered at the TIFF 2017 Film Festival to widespread acclaim. It is considered to be one of the greatest movies of the year, and has been called, “a loving look at the innocence of childhood”, “destined to be one of the remembered films about childhood”, and many other praises about the film’ portrayal of childhood. Regardless of this, and the energetic trailer that displays a large amount of quirkiness and sweetness, the film is not just about childhood. It is much more complex than that.

The Florida Project is mainly about a child, Moonee, being raised by her young, single mother on the outskirts of Disneyland. They are poor and have to live in a hotel. They live off of buying perfume from a pharmacy, then selling the perfume to random strangers., and the mother, Halley, has a friend who provides a weekly portion of food from the restaurant she works at. Moving on, I had certain concerns and certain hopes for this movie when I walked in the Angelika Film Center last week.


For example, I knew that this movie was destined to have beautiful visuals and cinematography. After all, the film, Tangerine, directed by the same director as The Florida Project, was recorded on an iPhone 5S and it looks very cinematic and vibrant. So I couldn’t even imagine how good a movie shot by this director, in the 35mm film format, could look. However, I was worried that the cinematography would drown out the story.

Next, I was worried about the way the child actors were being directed. Although child acting has improved so significantly over the year (many children have been downright Oscar-worthy), there is a tendency to rely too much on the actors being cutesy and adorable, rather than giving a performance. Fortunately, I can say that most of my hopes were met and most of my doubts were not needed. The Florida Project has been called one of the best films of the year by many and it rightfully earns that title.

First of all, not only was the cinematography beautiful, but it was used in a clever way to show perspectives and build the world of the movie. When children are present on screen, there are a lot of aesthetically pleasing wide shots, which make the setting feel enormous, similar to how children view the world as a big and full of possibilities. However, as I said before, it takes place on the outskirts of Disneyland, near a motel, and it is pretty small. Connecting back to the brilliant use of cinematography, there is a sequence in this film that consists entirely of the adults, and there is not a single wide shot during this sequence. The camera is close up and personal.

Secondly, the writing in this movie is just fantastic, but it does have flaws. The characters in this movie aren’t characters. They’re real people. Moonee is a fun, lively six year old, and her young mother is complex and damaged. The film doesn’t hold back at all in terms of writing. The kids in this movie commit some unlikable acts, such as spitting on a stranger’s car and causing other trouble (Including one very serious accident that occurs due to children simply being stupid.) Halley can also be considered by some to be a bad parent, but in reality, she is trying her hardest to provide, even if that means she needs to do things that wouldn’t be pleasant for herself.

Willem Dafoe’s character is a supporting one, but he is the one character in this movie that people will love unconditionally, unlike the other sophisticated characters that will be loved, but also pitied. Bobby, played by Willem, is a good guy. It’s as simple as that. He tries to provide for others, is loving to the kids, and just a selfless person in general. There is a particular scene where he commits a heroic act, and it makes one want to cheer. Like the other characters in this film, their backstories aren’t gone over, audiences are just able to figure out their situation.

The directing in this movie was perfect, the movie doesn’t have a lot of music in it, and it is directed so it feels like an experience, rather than a time at the movies. The acting is phenomenal. There are 3 main performances that NEED to be nominated for Oscars.

The first performance is Brooklyn Prince. She is so natural in her acting. She’s funny at the right times, and can bring you to tears when she needs to. I don’t know if the Academy is just not used to nominating child actors that MUST have an Oscar (Jacob Tremblay in Room, for example), but Brooklyn Prince HAS to get nominated. She’s earned the golden statue.

Next performance is Willem Dafoe. As expected, he gives one of the best performances of his career. One of the main reasons Bobby is so likable as a character is because of this man’s performance. The Academy should do us all a favor, and give Willem his long overdue Oscar!

Finally, the last performance is Bria Vinaite’s. And there is just not enough praise to give to this actress. The performance she gives is the type of performance that acting was invented for. It’s the performance that makes someone inspired to become an actor/actress. I would say Bria Vinaite gives the best performance in this movie. It’s even more impressive, considering that this was her first movie. She had no clue about anything worked. It would be outrageous if she wasn’t nominated.

As for flaws, the main flaw in this film is the ending. I understood what Sean Baker was trying to go for, but for me, the ending didn’t work. It was abrupt and disappointing. Had this movie been about 30 minutes longer, it could’ve continued the amazing story and gotten its perfect ending. Had it not been for this flaw, I would’ve considered this to be the best-written movie I’ve seen this year, so far. Another flaw is the beginning. The movie opens well, and is enjoyable. But, it takes a while to introduce the characters and setting. During a large portion of the first act, the movie will be showing montages of characters just doing things that wouldn’t be considered important events since they don’t amount to much, other than the spitting-on-the-car incident. However, once the story starts, the movie picks up the pace and gets better and better (and darker, too.)

In conclusion, The Florida Project is a must-see for film fans. It is currently playing in select theaters. If you aren’t interested in watching Thor: Ragnarok this weekend, please try to find a theater near you playing this movie! It deserves all the money we, as an audience, can give it.





This is my first official movie review. Unlike other reviewers, I do not give ratings or grades to movies, since I find them pointless and arbitrary. Also, readers tend to just scroll down to find the rating, rather than reading the actual review, to see how good a movie is. The reason I believe this to be true is because I am guilty of it, myself.