Sean Baker

A Look Into Sean Baker's World

Meet the director of "The Florida Project" and "Tangerine."


Sean Baker has a filmmaking style so unique that if you look at any movie he's directed, you'll immediately know it's one of his. Two of his most famous works are "The Florida Project," (2017) which received 17 major nominations in 2018 and "Tangerine" (2015) which was entirely shot on three iPhone 5s smartphones.

"The Florida Project," tells the story about a carefree and mischievous six-year-old and her motel-resident friends whose summer break is filled with curiosity and a sense of childhood adventure. Meanwhile, she is oblivious to the hard times that the adults around her are dealing with. The film paints an unforgettably touching and poignant story look at childhood while depicting the not so glorious aspects of America.

Meanwhile, "Tangerine" focuses on transgender prostitutes in Hollywood around the holiday season. Protagonists Sin-Dee and Alexandra each face their own problems, yet their stories are intertwined in a very genuine display of friendship.

Instead of using the plot in order to paint scenes and relationships, Baker relies on the locations to tell the story. He builds characters and conflict around that location, making it feel very authentic. For example, "The Florida Project" is set in what seems like a glorious place; it's nearly six miles away from the Walt Disney World Resort, which markets itself as the most magical place on Earth. However, what many don't see is the poverty around the "magical kingdom"; the film exposes that grotesque side.

Baker additionally focuses his films on environments and groups of people who aren't usually represented in Hollywood because of the nature of the topic. There aren't many movies focusing on transgender sex-workers, even when that group's story is so unique and needs to be heard. Baker puts them in the spotlight—his film representing a major leap for transgender people on film.

Not every aspect of life is going to go well, and Baker's films definitely represent that. His films are authentic. They portray harsh realities, giving audiences something new and refreshing to think about.

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The Story Of Annabel Beam

"Miracles From Heaven" movie review

Let me start by saying that I was skeptical of watching a religious film from the start. I do not consider myself very religious. I was born and raised Roman Catholic and have distanced myself quite a bit from the church life. But this movie really struck a cord with me that I think I should write about. The movie that I am referring to is called "Miracles From Heaven" and stars Jennifer Garner and Kylie Rogers. "Miracles From Heaven" is about Anna Beam, a 10-year-old girl who is battling a strange, rare condition that affects her intestinal track, called a pseudo-obstruction motility disorder. This type of disorder prevents people from being able to digest food and is currently incurable. This rare disease has a very high mortality rate, as well.

Jennifer Garner delivered a great performance as Anna's mother, Christie Beam. Christie is portrayed as a devout Christian who would do anything to help her daughter throughout her illness. During the movie, Anna and Christie go to Boston's Children's Hospital in search of Dr. Nurko, a world-renowned pediatric specialist that tells her there is not much he can do for them. This movie definitely has its highs and lows, and never fails to strike an emotional chord in me. It has been a while since any movie made me react in such an emotional way. (The last one able to provoke so much emotion was "Marley and Me.") Anna's condition kept getting worse and worse until her family decided to just head home and basically wait for her to die.

The ending of this story is truly remarkable and leaves you wondering how the hell it could actually turn out like that. After leaving the intensive care hospital in Boston, Anna and her sister were climbing a tree in their backyard when Anna fell into the hollowed-out tree trunk. Paramedics and firefighters saved her after three whole hours of being in the trunk. Anna claims to have seen God and her dead grandma when she was knocked unconscious after the three-story fall. Anna claims to have been told that it was not her time and that when she returned to Earth she would be healed. She came out of this incident with basically no injuries and broken bones, and immediately after this, her pseudo-obstruction motility disorder was asymptomatic. She has been healthy since the fall happened and has gained massive attention from the Christian community in the United States.

In my final thoughts, I have to wonder how this could have happened. This would definitely be considered a miracle, if everything lined up and proved to be true. I actually do not doubt this young girl's story, and I am hopeful for her bright future. This movie has done a great job in turning something tragic into encouraging. If you haven't seen this movie yet, I really encourage you to go out and rent it and see for yourself!

Anna Beam in the hospital due to her illness

Anna Beam and Dr. Nurka

Anna Beam being interviewed in front of the tree she fell from

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Thanos Isn't The Real Villain, Overpopulation Is — He Actually Fixed The Problem

Overpopulation is a real world problem, and Thanos posed a solution.


If you've ever seen any "Avengers," "Guardians of the Galaxy," or Marvel superhero movies, you'll know who Thanos is. He's portrayed as the evil father of Gamora and his goal is clear: to wipe out half of the population. Many of us were not expecting him to actually succeed — because, in every other movie, the Avengers prevail. But in "Avengers: Infinity War," this was simply not the case. He successfully wiped out exactly half of the population and we watched some of our favorite characters like Black Panther, Vision, The Witch, and Groot disintegrate. But why was this such a bad thing?

Thanos' logic isn't really off — overpopulation has been a real-world problem for years now, with the rate growing at two percent per year. Even though this doesn't sound like a lot, it's faster than any other time period in history. This means that death rates either need to go up, or the birth rate needs to decrease.

According to the World Population Census, in 2015 there were approximately 7.2 billion people in the world. But in 2016, it was approximately 7.3 billion. In just a year, a little more than 100 million people were born. At this rate, overpopulation will affect the amount of food available, poverty rates, and air quality. With so many people continuously being born, factories are going to be forced to produce more products, releasing more CO2. Poverty rates will rise because there won't be many jobs available so people won't be able to afford much. While this sounds like a very grave diagnosis, Thanos found a solution to this in the "Avengers: Infinity War" film. By collecting the infinity stones of mind, power, reality, soul, space, and time, he succeeded in fixing this overpopulation problem — that is a serious problem today.

Since infinity stones, unfortunately, don't exist, what can we do to prevent overpopulating our beautiful planet? The answer may lie in finding more effective ways to use our natural resources better, or it may not, we have no way to know for sure. Maybe the Earth can hold more than eight billion people and still maintain other species. While we may never be able to accurately predict what could happen, we know that overpopulation is eventually inevitable. So far, there isn't an answer to solve this issue either, which may sound like a very depressing fact, but it's true. Multiple theories have been suggested but, none have been enacted. "Avengers: Infinity War" was a cinematic wake-up call, and proves that maybe Thanos isn't so crazy after all. While infinity stones would be a great answer to this problem, they don't exist. So, in the wise words of Tony Stark, " Let's do something insane — let's save the world."

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