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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Gone Girl (2014)

gone-girl1Directed by: David Fincher

Written by: Gillian Flynn, based on her novel

Setting: Missouri

This spring, I’ll reach an important milestone: my 27th wedding anniversary. Crazy, isn’t it?

In my mind, I am way too young and cool for that. A perimenopausal matriarch’s delusion.

Marriage is an amazing and difficult journey. A couple starts out young and hopeful, and at some point — or at multiple points — in the relationship, each person has a jarring realization.

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Disconnect (2012)

dWritten by: Andrew Stern

Directed by: Henry-Alex Rubin

Many years ago, I was a young mother with a spirited four-year-old and a newborn son. My husband and I had recently discovered the “Information Superhighway.” Equipped with the noisy dial-up connection that was then the height of technology, we ventured into cyberspace.

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Fruitvale Station (2013)

indexWritten & Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Setting: San Francisco Bay Area

Recommended by:  Alex Withrow

This week I hit a milestone that was inevitable, I suppose. For the first time, someone got angry and “unfriended” me on Facebook. And I wasn’t even being a sarcastic ass … honestly.

It started when I reposted an article highlighting my support of Black Lives Matter.

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