Get Out (2017)

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Written and Directed by: Jordan Peele

I live about forty miles from Charlottesville, one of the most socially and politically liberal cities in Virginia. Last week, in the unfolding Theater of the Absurd that is the daily news, neo-Nazis were grabbing their five minutes of fame. Dressed in white and carrying torches — like a terrifying parody of themselves — they gathered at a public park, protesting the removal of a statue of  Virginia’s most beloved Confederate general, Robert E. Lee. Rumor has it they were joined by Richard Spencer, a vile lunatic whose blog has called for the genocide of Black people

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Lavender (2016)

lavWritten by: Colin Frizzell and Ed Gass-Donnelly

Directed by: Ed Gass-Donnelly

When she was a little girl, Jane (Abbie Cornish) was the only survivor of a massacre that took the lives of her parents and sister. Their deaths are a lingering unsolved mystery, and it appears that Jane might have been responsible. Now she and her husband (Diego Klattenhoff ) are trying to save their foundering marriage while raising their smart, spunky daughter, Alice (Lola Flanery). Jane struggles with memory lapses and doesn’t remember the night of the murders — and she has to confront the possibility that she might be the killer.

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I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

iWritten & Directed by: Macon Blair

Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) is disenchanted with humanity. Snippets of newscasts, in the background, paint a disheartening picture of the world. And in her role as a nurse’s aide, Ruth finds herself at the bedside of a dying woman who is a hateful racist; her last words don’t bear repeating to the family.

Then, to cap it off, someone breaks into Ruth’s house, stealing her legacy from her grandmother and leaving her feeling angry and violated.

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Moonlight (2016) (Mild Spoilers)

cyy-htkvqaadir8Written by: Barry Jenkins, based on “In Midnight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

At around age nine, growing up in Miami in the 1980s, Chiron (pronounced Shy-rone, not like the mythological centaur) has already learned to take care of himself. His mother (Naomie Harris) is sinking into the quagmire of addiction, and he is relentlessly tormented by bullies, who have already labeled him a “faggot.” He’s too quiet, too sensitive, too gentle — and he’s on the fringes of exploring the fact that he’s gay. In his struggle for self-preservation, Chiron camouflages himself in silence.

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I Killed My Mother (2009)

Written & Directed by: Xavier Dolanma mere

Setting: Québéc

Recommended by: Drew at A Fistful of Films

Seventeen-year-old Hubert (Xavier Dolan) is the only child of Chantal (Anne Dorval), an overwhelmed and somewhat emotionally immature single mother. Having survived her childhood with a severely mentally ill mom and struggled to singlehandedly support her son, she can’t understand why Hubert isn’t more grateful. Meanwhile, trapped inside his tumultuous feelings toward his mother, Hubert videotapes himself delivering monologues about his burgeoning dislike for her.

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Wish You Were Here (2012)

Wish_You_Were_Here_filmWritten by: Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price

Directed by: Kieran Darcy-Smith

Setting: Australia and Cambodia

Dave Flannery (Joel Edgerton) and his pregnant wife, Alice (Felicity Price), have taken a spontaneous vacation to Cambodia with Alice’s sister Steph (Teresa Palmer) and her new boyfriend Jeremy (Antony Starr).

Alice and Dave return home to Australia and resume life with their two young children. However, we quickly sense that something is very wrong. Somewhere between lounging beside the ocean and moonlit parties, Jeremy went missing. As his three friends try to figure out what happened to him, the tension escalates and painful secrets are revealed.

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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Oz_-_The_Great_and_Powerful_PosterWritten by: Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire, and Mitchell Kapner, based in the “Oz” books by L. Frank Baum

Directed by: Sam Raimi

I’m older than most of the bloggers I follow. Hell, I seem to be older than most people these days. 😉 I grew up in an era when VCRs were not yet a twinkle in anyone’s eye. We had network TV, which meant we got three channels — y’know, if we jiggled the rabbit ears just right. And springing for a movie theater ticket — a whopping $3 — was a luxury. So we kids lived for those revered television specials. Of which the best of the best was, of course, The Wizard of Oz.

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