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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Among Others by Jo Walton



Kindle Edition, 302 pages

Published: January, 2012 by Tor Books (1st published January 18, 2011)

Setting: Wales & England

Literary Awards: Hugo Award for Best Novel (2012), Nebula Award for Best Novel (2011), Locus Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Novel (2012), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2012), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2012) Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) for Best Fantasy Novel (2011), British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2012)

Among Others is a fairy tale, of sorts, about a lonely, precocious fifteen-year-old bibliophile growing up in the ’70s and struggling with loss. With her characteristic imagination and originality, Jo Walton captured the fierce intelligence and awkwardness, along with the mingled sadness, hope, and yearning, of adolescence.

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The Birthday of the World and Other Stories by Ursula Le Guin



Kindle Edition, 382 pages

Published: October 13, 2009 by Harper Collins (1st Published March 5, 2002)


Seven short stories and a novella comprise The Birthday of the World and Other Stories, a luminous showcase for one of the things LeGuin is best known for: using worlds she’s created — with different beings and customs that, at first glance, seem utterly foreign — to explore human relationships, society, injustice, sexuality, and gender. In this review, I will discuss seven of the eight stories in this book.

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White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

indexDirected by: Gregg Araki

Written by: Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Laura Kasischke

Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) has a difficult relationship with her emotionally unstable, unhappily married mother, Eve (Eva Green). Forty-two years old, gorgeous, and desperately lonely, Eve yearns to be admired and desired, and she shows nothing but loathing for Kat’s affable, passive father, Brock (Christopher Meloni).

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