I struggled with Sean Baker’s The Florida Project more than any film I have seen this year. The more I thought about it, no matter what star rating I give it, I think this is a movie that audiences should experience. One of the most important things about cinema is that you the viewer, for a brief period of time, sits in a theater and experiences a life outside of yourself. That is what The Florida Project is about. It’s a slice of life that is different from a majority of people and it’s uncomfortable. It’s an impoverished existence, at a seedy motel in Orlando. We follow the lives of three children and their mothers, struggling to pay rent or find the next meal, while the manager of the motel (played magnificently by Willem Dafoe) attempts to control the chaos in the Sunshine State.
There is plenty of room to love Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. The new film from relatively unknown director Angela Robinson, about William Marston, his wife, and the couples mistress, is a well-crafted biopic, that juggles multiple human complexities, and how the three turned their love into the most famous female super hero of all time- Wonder Woman. The concept of polyamory may be something that others can’t make work, but the Marston trio did, by making their bond stronger than anyone that would feel inclined to judge them on their unorthodox relationship. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a delightful film with a mature look at what makes a family.