The Florida Project creates a beautiful blast of life on the economic edges of the Sunshine State

It looks like a purple popsicle melting in the sun: a three-story motel, decked out with pastel towers and spires, where even the curbs lining the parking lot are painted a bubblegum lavender. This is the primary backdrop of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, and it’s a real place, tucked away on a strip of likeminded…

Our critics check into The Florida Project, one of the year’s best and most exuberantly alive movies

For his follow-up to the riotous underground comedy Tangerine, writer-director Sean Baker heads south to the Sunshine State, where he turns his camera on the occupants of a purple-painted motel called The Magic Castle. The Florida Project, which starts trickling into theaters tomorrow, traces the ups and downs of the…

A bunch of great directors are premiering new films at Directors’ Fortnight

Organized since 1969 by the French Directors’ Guild, Directors’ Fortnight (officially The Directors’ Fortnight, but rarely referred to as such) is the most storied of the independent parallel festivals at Cannes and something of a refuge for art films, genre movies, and debut features, away from the notoriously…

Tangerine is the frenetic transgender iPhone Christmas movie of the year

Gunning for Buzzard’s spot as the most credibly underground American indie of the year, in comes Tangerine, Sean Baker’s motor-mouthed, occasionally hyper-active, at times repetitious tour of the street corners, fleabag motels, and back alleys of West Hollywood. Let out of jail on the morning before Christmas,…