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

  • Tampopo
  • The Great Beauty
  • The Handmaiden
  • Paterson

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  • Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★

  • Days

    ★★★★½

  • Oslo, August 31st

    ★★★★

  • Reprise

    ★★★★½

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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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  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★

    Definitely one of those films that I admire for its impact more than I like for what it is. Great visuals, but the narrative was too complex and exposition heavy for an 80 minute film, none of the characters felt properly developed, and the whole climax is extremely rushed. For the first 40-50 minutes it's largely great, then it just barrels through to an abrupt ending that acts only as pure sequel set up. A shame really, but it did make me appreciate Akira a lot more.

  • Days

    Days

    ★★★★½

    In typical Tsai Ming-liang, Days is a slow, minimalist, contemplative picture, comprised of a small numbers of shots, a small number of traditional scenes, a small number of characters, but a vast plain of emotional turmoil.

    Days is all about loneliness and the mundanity in which it festers. The film takes these two individuals and shows just how bare their lives are, and how much they simply need and want, even if they may not be articulating and understand this…

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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,…

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★½

    Jackie is a unanimously cold film, there is no warmth, hope or levity to be found. And in that sense, it captures grief so starkly and immersiveley. Jackie is chaotic and raw, a stripped down examination of the life altering impact that a single loss can have on oneself. It is grief in its most primal form, and its channelled in a near overwhelming way through Natalie Portman's transformative performance as the titular First Lady.

    Whilst the delicacies of Jackie…