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Sean Baker , Samantha Quan - BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea at The Four Season Los Angeles - Arrivals at The Four Season Los Angeles at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th January 2016

Sean Baker and Samantha Quan
Sean Baker and Samantha Quan
Sean Baker and Samantha Quan

Tangerine Review

Extraordinary

The fact that this film was shot entirely on an iPhone is forgotten before it reaches the end of the snappy opening conversation. These are some of the best movie characters in recent memory, and their interaction overflows with wit and attitude. The audience is immediately gripped, eager to see where they'll go and what they might do or say next.

It's set on the grimier end of Hollywood Boulevard on Christmas Eve, where Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) has just been released from a month in jail for prostitution. Her fellow tranny hooker pal Alexandra (Mya Taylor) meets her, reporting that Sin-Dee's pimp/boyfriend Chester (James Ransone) has started seeing a real woman. Sin-Dee is horrified, and sets out to find this "real fish" Dinah (Mickey O'Hagen) and give her a piece of her mind.

Meanwhile, Alexandra is preparing for her big night singing in a local bar, trying to drum up an audience. Along the way, she meets up with her regular client Razmik (Karren Karagulian), whose meddling mother-in-law (Alla Tumanian) is determined to prove to his wife (Luiza Nersisyan) that he's cheating on her.

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Tangerine Trailer Offers A Tasty Treat


Sean Baker

Take two transgender prostitutes, one busy Christmas Eve and a tale of betrayal and you have the basic premise to Tangerine, an independent comedy-drama from director, Sean Baker.

TangerineTangerine is a unique take on a life less shown by director, Sean Baker

Baker centres the action around several crime-riddled blocks of Tinseltown and on Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) who is back on the block after a 28-day stint in prison.

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Sean Baker - Shots of a host of stars as they attended Variety's Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors to Watch brunch which was presented by Mercedes Benz and was held at Parker resort in Palm Springs, California, United States - Sunday 4th January 2015

Sean Baker
Sean Baker

'New Worlds' Kicks Off Tonight: What Should We Expect?


Sean Baker Joe Dempsie Jamie Dornan Alice Englert

‘New Worlds’ is Peter Flannery’s sequel to the excellent English Civil War drama 'The Devil’s Whore.' Set in the 1680s, the drama sees two young men and two young women – from different sides of the Atlantic - take on the powers that be in a fight against tyranny and for love. 

New WorldsNew Worlds kicks off tonight (April 1) at 9pm on Channel 4

"It shows the beginning of the American dream," explains 19-year-old Alice Englert, one of the four young British talents starring in the Channel 4 drama. "What will be fascinating for UK audiences is looking at the beginning, how that dream was always going to be built on something quite… gross."

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Sean Baker - Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals at Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Saturday 23rd February 2013

Sean Baker
Sean Baker

Chris Bergoch; Julia Kim; actor James Ransone; Blake Ashman-Kipervaser and director Sean Baker 2013 Independent Spirit Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood - Arrivals Featuring: Chris Bergoch, Julia Kim, actor James Ransone, Blake Ashman-Kipervaser and director Sean Baker Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States When: 12 Jan 2013

Chris Bergoch, Julia Kim, James Ransone, Blake Ashman-kipervaser and Sean Baker
James Ransone
James Ransone
James Ransone

Take Out Review


Very Good
Shot in 2004 but making it to the big screen a long four years later, Take Out was worth the wait. This urgent little drama, shot on a shoestring with a frantic handheld digital video camera, is a slice of real life that feels painfully real, transforming a lowly illegal immigrant Chinese restaurant deliveryman into a compelling protagonist.

Ming Ding's (Charles Jang) day starts badly when he's rousted from his New York City hovel by a couple of loan shark enforcers who want to know where their $1,800 payment is. Ming has borrowed the money in order to clear the debt he owes to the smuggler who brought him to America, but at 30 percent, this loan is really hurting. Ming comes up with $1,000, but after a swift hammer blow to his back, the thugs tell him he has just one day to come up with the rest of the money. So after borrowing $500 from a friend, it's off to work he goes with $300 on his mind.

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Sean Baker and Darren Dean - Sean Baker and Darren Dean Thursday 19th June 2008 at Mann Village Theater Los Angeles, California

Sean Baker and Darren Dean

Greg The Bunny: Best Of The Film Parodies Review


OK
It's an old story. Cult fave public access show about a rather profane bunch of puppets moves to the Independent Film Channel, gets picked up for a sitcom deal on Fox that (almost) makes it through a whole season before being cancelled, and then returns in some abbreviated form to IFC again where they make short films parodying independent films. Or at least films the creators like. Unfortunately, the new two-disc collection Greg the Bunny: The Best of the Film Parodies is not so much a return to gritty form as it is a reminder of the Fox show's off-key genius. Dare it be said that a Fox sitcom was more groundbreaking than a no-holds-barred IFC production? Dare, dare.

The Fox sitcom had the advantage of an actual story, with Greg the Bunny playing the accidental star of a children's show populated by a sub-Sesame Street cast of puppets playing out a range of backstage clichés, from the washed-up B-film-actor (Blah, a cut-rate version of Henson's The Count who claims he was first) to the drunken slumming Shakespearean thespian (a small, fat, belligerent ape named Warren). Once it was canceled, Fox kept rights to most everything about it, so the only things which the creators were able to bring back to IFC were the names and voices of the main three characters (Blah, Greg, and Warren). Even the puppets themselves had to be left behind - one imagines their plastic eyes gathering dust in some Fox vault - the new ones are definitely mangier looking, in keeping with the new series' ultra lo-fi, ad-hoc aesthetic. The story line now, as put in the mock A-Team credits sequence, is that Greg & Co., looking for work after getting cancelled, are freelance parodists, willing and able to mock any "independent" film, anyhow, anywhere. The list of fourteen 15-minute parodies is less a roster of indie films than it is a roll-call of cineaste faves, everything from Annie Hall to 2001 to Easy Rider.

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Climax Review


Good
Truth be told, Climax is not about anything at all.

Whatsoever.

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