David Mitchell-Baker

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I was a teenage anarchist, but the politics were too convenient.

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    ★★★★★

    This is one of the most important movies in my life.

    There's few that can really compare to it, no other film has me feeling as emotional as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and no film strikes such a resonant chord within me. I've met Stephen Chbosky and was able to thank him for this film and the book he wrote which it is based on, I was able to thank him for how it came to me at…

  • Old Joy

    Old Joy

    ★★★★★

    "Sorrow is nothing but worn out joy."

    Have you ever met up with a friend after a long time apart? Have you ever reencountered them at a time when it felt like so much had changed in both your lives? How did it go? Was it awkward? Was it maddening? How did it make you feel? Somehow, Old Joy knows exactly what that encounter is like, it knows the happiness you initially feel, it knows the confusion that comes as…

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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★★½

    A gorgeous, soaring spectacle for both the heart and the eyes, John M. Chu's In The Heights is a wholehearted, unabashed experience, it's a hand reaching out to pull us into the party, an invitation to step into this world and relish in all of its beauty, charm and heart. Such uplifting, yet truly empathetic films are hard to come by these days.

    Right from the off, Chu's effortless direction instantly transports us to Washington Heights and right into the…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★½

    Held up by Anthony Hopkins' utterly devastating performance, The Father is a disorienting, heart-breaking film that so staunchly entrenches the viewer in a mind deteriorating from dementia that it's near impossible to not be left shaken and profoundly moved by the experience.

    It's a masterfully edited film, scenes flow into each other as if they take place mere seconds apart, moments and motifs repeat themselves in a near identical fashion, save for some sinister alterations, we are chained to Hopkins'…

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    This is it. This is the one.

    Too often films are praised for their "good cinematography" which really just boils down to people raving over some combination of neon lights and pretty silhouettes, the meaning of the art has been lost in dialogue and it's always a surface level treat, it never delves deeper, it never seeks meaning. But this isn't the case for Columbus, the rare film that seems to have this notion at the forefront of its mind,…

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★★

    "The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship."

    I absolutely adore the filmography of Kelly Reichardt and First Cow was no different, classic Reichardt in every way, a beautiful, soothing, gentle, uplifting, yet sad film that ranks among her best.

    The chemistry between John Magaro and Orion Lee at the heart of the film is overflowing with warmth, the two become kindred spirits both in person and in nature, two loners who need each other, two down on…