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Florida Phantasmagoria: A Cinematic Exploration of the Sacred and Profane in America’s Favorite Sinking State—by Lance Oppenheim

Lance Oppenheim’s acclaimed debut feature documentary, Some Kind of Heaven, which explores the residents of Florida’s largest retirement village, is screening now in limited theaters, virtual cinemas, and on demand. We asked Lance, a Florida native—who is also a Letterboxd member—for his top films shot in or about his home state.

Note from Lance, January 2021:

Growing up in South Florida on a faux-ranch swamp populated by cows, I was always fascinated by how many Floridas existed outside of the romanticized, sunny Florida image. Florida, as I came to later understand, was more of a feeling than a place. From its early days as a royal outpost to its identity today a bastion of the bizarre, Florida has long been…

  • Some Kind of Heaven
  • Absence of Malice
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Adaptation.
  • The Beach Bum
  • Cape Fear
  • Cocoon
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • The Florida Project
  • Florida Man
  • Lance Lizardi
  • Magic Mike
  • Miami Vice
  • Moonlight
  • My Trip to Miami
  • Pahokee
  • Pain & Gain
  • The Rabbit Hunt
  • River of Grass
  • Scarface
  • Space Coast
  • Spring Breakers
  • Sun Don't Shine
  • The Truman Show
  • Trans
  • Vernon, Florida
  • Waves
  • Zoo