My Sunshine Away

By M.O. Walsh

Rated by Helen H.
Aug 15, 2016

Close your eyes for a moment and remember the gang. You know, the one from your old neighborhood. Those kids you ran wild with when it was OK to be kids outdoors. Now imagine an act of violence by an unidentified assailant against one of those friends, and you’ve got M.O. Walsh’s My Sunshine Away.

I strongly identify with our narrator. He’s completely honest in his youthful self-absorption and total lack of insight. Alternately a suspect in the investigation, then absolved, a suspect once again, he himself never quite denies this guilt or claims innocence. And the struggle for truth is

The Staircase (DVD)

By Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
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Rated by Heather B.
Apr 28, 2015

Did Michael Peterson kill his wife Kathleen, or was her death--as he claims--a tragic accident? This is the question addressed by the 2005 documentary The Staircase, directed by Academy Award winning (for his previous documentary, Murder on a Sunday Morning) filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. Starting mere weeks after Kathleen's death and continuing throughout the trial, the team of filmmakers has seemingly complete access to Peterson, his defense team, his children, and other supporters. The viewer is so completely enmeshed in Peterson's life and version of the story, and his defense team's

Apr 7, 2013

Thirteen Reasons Why focuses on the subject of teen suicide. 

Hannah Baker, a freshman, has committed suicide.  But, why?  It is a question that is always asked but many times has no answer.  This time, however, Hannah wants a chosen few to have that answer.  She wants thirteen people to know how their actions affected her and ultimately caused her to make the decision to end her own life.

Clay Jensen, also a freshman, doesn’t understand why he has received the tapes from Hannah.  In his mind, he’s done nothing wrong, certainly nothing serious enough to have been one of the reasons for

Feb 17, 2012

It’s Passover and Laurel, a junior in high school, her little brother and parents celebrate at their neighbor’s home.  Following the meal everyone decides to go to the ice cream shop for dessert.  Laurel and David, the neighbor’s son, both decide to forego the ice cream—Laurel to do homework and David to do whatever it is David does these days.  When they were little Laurel and David were good friends; however, upon growing up and entering high school they had grown apart.  The decision to skip dessert, after a painful family dinner, changed both of their lives forever.

Without Laurel and