David Mitchell-Baker

David Mitchell-Baker

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

[favourites are four most recent first watches that I instantly loved]

Favorite films

  • TÁR
  • Titanic
  • Aliens
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

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  • Shotgun Wedding

    ★★★

  • The Sea Beast

    ★★★½

  • A Love Song

    ★★★★

  • Babylon

    ★★★

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  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

    Vivid memories coalescing around thoughts and feelings triggered by the sight of a home video, formative events that seem so real and lived in, yet are cut off at the edges with slight details which paint a vital, broader picture missing. Aftersun is a timeless and time-bending exploration of the duality of memory: on the one hand, there is the comforting nostalgia, and, on the other, a haunting melancholy of a once-considered joyous time, its entirety lost to the effects…

  • Women Talking

    Women Talking

    ★★★★★

    "This story begins before you were born,"

    Watching Women Talking felt like witnessing a filmmaker ascend to their zenith. From the first frame to the last, Sarah Polley's film is a commanding picture, one that draws the viewer in with a coldly, hauntingly delivered monologue - addressed to some ambiguous recipient - and closes with a defiant and monumentally moving statement. Whilst Polley's thesis could have easily have come across as a reactionary, impulsive story for this "#MeToo era", and…

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  • Shotgun Wedding

    Shotgun Wedding

    ★★★

    Must all cinema be a transcendent achievement of high art that expands our understanding of the human experience? Is it not enough to see Jennifer Coolidge as a paranoid mother-in-law to be wielding a machine gun?

  • The Sea Beast

    The Sea Beast

    ★★★½

    Pretty in awe of the sheer spectacle on display here, the action scenes are sensational, and the detailed backdrops and environments - in particular the palace - are stellar also. The voice performances across the board are all great, even if the script and story does them a disservice at times, but the dynamics between all of the characters are strong throughout. Whilst it may run out of steam by the end, The Sea Beast is still largely an engrossing…

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★½

    TÁR is held up magnificently by an utterly titanic performance from Cate Blanchett and coupled with the incredibly detailed, immersive direction and writing from Todd Field delivers a fascinating, awe-inspiring and thoroughly contemporary tale of power and control. Whilst the most easy label that could be applied to TÁR is that it is perhaps the first major film to directly tackle "cancel" culture head on (it's actually consequences culture - no parenthesis - just so you know where I stand),…

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★

    Babylon is an absolute mess. A beguiling, bewildering and sometimes brilliant mess, but a mess nonetheless.

    At over three hours, there is both so much and so little in Damien Chazelle's over the top, quasi-hate letter to Hollywood history. The budget and excess is clear for all to see, but between repetitive scenes and thin characters, there is a tremendous lack of substance and pure emotional depth to this elephant-shitting, rat-eating, extras-killing and almost constantly cocaine-snorting epic of pure grandeur.…