motel magic

Best Unreleased Lana Del Rey Songs

Mermaid Motel- Lana Del Ray (2010)

Disco (My Only God)- Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena (2007)

The Man I Love- unreleased (2012)

Kinda Outta Luck- unreleased (2010)

You Can Be the Boss- unreleased (2010)

Because of You- unreleased (2012)

Trash Magic (Miss America)- unreleased (2007)

Kill Kill- Lana Del Ray (2010)

Get Drunk- No Kung Fu (2007)

Try Tonight- May Jailer (2005)

The Florida Project (2017)

D: Sean Baker

With: Williem Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinatie

A blistering cold evening in Toronto, a small lineup of avid cinema goers, the smell of popcorn hanging in the air, and a packed house with four empty seats. I settled into my solitary chair beside a woman who was also alone. The lights dimmed, the projector shot it’s beam of light onto the screen and The Florida Project started. Save for positive reviews and online chatter I had no idea what to expect as the film started. After a brief introduction of two children playing and then Chic’s Good Times blasting over the main titles, I was brought into another world.

Moonee and Halley after their Dollarama shopping spree

The Florida Project follows a young single mother, Halley, living in a motel outside Disney World, trying to raise her daughter Moonee while she too is learning to grow up. It’s a sad story about a part of America that is not really talked about, the wasteland of Florida outside of the theme parks, and tourist beaches. Willem Dafoe plays Bobby, the Manager of the ‘welfare’ motel, he acts as a sort of father figure to many of the long-term residents of the motel, aptly named ‘The Magic Castle.’ As Halley struggles to find purpose and money to survive, including selling stolen or ‘wholesale’ perfume, her daughter befriends local children and they torment the neighborhood with their antics, eventually burning down an abandoned suburban house.

Driving this film is a documentary narrative about poor (mostly white) Americans, the ones who have been left behind in the promise land. By situating the characters next to ‘the happiest place in the world,’ it affords the audience a glimpse of the seedy underbelly of Florida life, behind the curtain so to speak. It’s a sad realization that one of the wealthiest countries in the world has one of the most striking contrast between wealth and poverty. The film delves into this world through the eyes of a child, and reveals the ugly side of American culture. Beautifully shot, the film really captures the colour and vibrancy of Florida and is used to juxtapose the drab and dreary life of the characters in the film.

This is arguably Willem Dafoe’s best role of his career. His character acts as the moral good cop bad cop for the characters. He constantly bickers with the ‘welfare’ residents of the motel but also protects them and their children. The most chilling scene occurs when Bobby is painting the motel to see a child predator trying to pick up one of the children. Bobby walks over to him and confronts him, ending in a haunting moment as the predator is kicked off the premises. As much as he fights with the tenants, he also doesn’t want any harm to come to them, it’s a strange relationship. He also struggles with his own relationship with his son and ex-wife. There is a sense of decency to him and he tries to correct his own shortcomings by protecting his tenants. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dafoe grabs an Oscar for his performance, it’s a perfect marriage for his talents.

Scooty and Moonee taunt Bobby in the motel lobby

Brooklyn Prince delivers an amazing and real performance as the young girl Moonee. She befriends Jancey, another motel tenant’s granddaughter, and the two girls develop a strong bond amidst the chaos of their lives. There’s two amazing scenes, the first is when Moonee leads her friend to a parking lot, telling her to cover her eyes, and then shouts surprise, the girl opens her eyes to see a gorgeous rainbow over the motel. The other scene is on Jancey’s birthday when Halley and Moonee take her to a field outside Disney World and tell her the nightly fireworks are for her. It’s a simple way of showing how these people have nothing, that they must find unique and creative ways to give someone they care about something special. The rainbow serves as a nod to something magical, something better, hope, while the fireworks act as a metaphor for the American dream. These characters must witness it in a field far away, they are outsiders.

The film might be too real for some viewers, much like Larry Clark’s Kids, but it is genuine in it’s honesty. It’s feels like an American remake of Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, but in a trans-formative manner. Truffaut used the backdrop of postwar France to tell his story, while Sean Baker uses post Trump Florida to tell his version. The film strikes the right balance between absurd humour and human tragedy.  Considering the junk coming out of Hollywood these days it’s refreshing to see an American filmmaker, as Buñuel describes, keep his countries penchant for films that are “always sincere-even if primitively so – and completely photogenic and totally cinematographic in rhythm,” alive.

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rubynovare  asked:

Magic, starlet, motel 🌷🌹❤️✨

omg im sorry this is so late i forgot it was in my inbox lmao oops

magic; favorite film?

im pretty bad with watching movies bc i have the concentration of that dog from up, but my fave childhood movie was sleeping beauty and i watched it at least 8392 times

starlet; what historical period is most interesting to you?

this week i’ve been really interested in researching pre-historic animals and dinosaurs and the evolution of humans, it’s all so fascinatingggg and im a new converted history nerd

motel; are you superstitious?

not really! my mom used to throw a fit if ever i put new shoes on the table or walked under a ladder etc #wildchild