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  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★★

    This one got under my skin in a manner that I love as much as I hate. I found myself in every character's expression and helplessness as they moved along pretending they had it together and knew how to help others; an exploration of the parts of the family portrait that don't get immortalized on the mantle. I left the theatre feeling immediate ownership of the movie as if I needed to defend it for the rest of time.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    It's been months since I've seen this one but I miss it like a friend I haven't talked to in a while. Every moment of this movie elevates higher and brings the audience further into the psyche of Miles' character. Flashes of my own youth spent chasing perfection came flooding back as he lost himself in the pursuit of greatness. It reminds me of every moment when I thought I could go a little bit further until finally I broke.…