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‘The Florida Project’ Director Sean Baker on His Modern-Day ‘Little Rascals’ and America’s Hidden Homeless

Sean Baker’s vivid new film The Florida Project is now playing in New York and Los Angeles and it recently played at the New York Film Festival, fulfilling the director’s long-time dream. While at the festival, he sat down with his producer Chris Bergoch and acting coach Samantha Quan at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater.

The trio took part in Nyff Live, a nightly event held during the festival to go deep into the process of making the films highlighted across every category of the fest. Baker and Bergoch talked about stumbling upon the ‘hidden homeless’ in south Florida that inspired The Florida Project. They also discussed casting breakout star Brooklyn Prince and The Little Rascals influence throughout Baker’s films. Throughout the talk, one gets a taste for Baker’s humanism and how it drives every storytelling decision across his oeuvre. He is gifting American
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‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’ still resonates after all these years

D2: The Mighty Ducks

Written by Steven Brill

Directed by Sam Weisman

USA, 1994, imdb

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The Mighy Ducks podcast or read Josh‘s extended thoughts about the film.

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For any critic, opinions about a particular piece of art are influenced by your life experiences.

I grew up loving hockey in general and the Montreal Canadians in particular. The first hockey game that I ever saw was “The New Year’s Eve Classic” on December 31, 1975 between the Red Army and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens out-shot the Red Army 38-13, but every Soviet shot was a planned dagger designed to confuse and destroy Montreal goaltender Ken Dryden, while Vladislav Tretiak batted away shots from every conceivable angle. The game, which many considered at the time to be the unofficial World Championship ended in a 3-3 tie.

Some call it “The Greatest Tie Game Ever Played
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Holiday DVD Picks

The Post's Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick presents 26 DVD Picks for the Holiday Season.

Columbia Pictures Best Picture Collection

Eleven complete features, with supplements, in an album showcasing "It Happened One Night,'' "On the Waterfront,'' "Lawrence of Arabia,'' "Kramer Vs. Kramer'' and 7 other multiple Oscar winners from the storied studio. (Sony, $136).

"The Little Rascals''

O-tay! All 88 sound "Our Gang'' comedies produced by Hal Roach, most restored, in their first authorized DVD collection. Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla and many other gifted child performers (including
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Uncut Spanky? Oh-tay!

Shorts running 10 to 20 minutes were regularly shown in theaters with feature films into the 1950s, when many of these series began turning up on television. One of the most popular was the "Our Gang" comedies, which were renamed "The Little Rascals" for TV because producer Hal Roach had sold the original name to MGM.

"The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection," out today, features all 80 sound titles that Roach made between 1929 and 1938.

At that point, MGM continued the series with another 52 shorts, mostly inferior and many starring
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Thomas Bond Dies

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Thomas Bond Dies
Actor Thomas Ross Bond died in a Northridge, California hospital on Saturday. He was 79. The Texan actor died in Northridge Hospital following complications from heart disease, his manager Frank Marks confirmed. Bond was best known for playing gang member Tommy and later Butch the bully in 1930s TV shows Our Gang and The Little Rascals. He went on to play Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen in The Adventures Of Superman and Atom Man Vs Superman in 1948 and 1950 respectively. Bond quit acting in 1951 to direct and produce TV shows, before retiring in 1991. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Pauline and producer son Thomas Ross Bond II.

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