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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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Possible Spoilers)

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Hardcover, Hardcover, 400 pages

Published: March 25, 2003 by Counterpoint (1st published January 1, 2003)

Literary Awards:  Orange Prize for Fiction (2005)

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Eva was a successful businesswoman and author as well as the wife and mother of two children. Now she is estranged from her husband and daughter. Her son Kevin is incarcerated, in the wake of a school shooting, for a series of brutal murders. Eva’s world is cold and narrow. Her only real connection to anyone is through letters she writes to her husband, Franklin.

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The Life Before Her Eyes by Laura Kasischke

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Paperback, 280 pages

Published: November 11, 2002 by Harvest Books (1st published January 1, 2002)

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They’re in the girls’ room when they hear the first dot-dot-dot of semi-automatic gunfire. It sounds phony and far away, and they keep doing what they’re doing — brushing their hair, looking at their reflections in the mirror…

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

We-Need-to-Talk-About-Kevin-Movie-Review-2Directed by: Lynne Ramsay

Written by: Lynne Ramsay and Rory Kinnear, based on the novel by Lionel Shriver

When I was in high school, way back in the dark ages when Ronald Reagan was serving his first term in office, I read Rage by Stephen King. It’s a dark, wonderful novella about a young teen acting out his violent urges in the classroom. I thought it was a clever, unique idea. Eerily believable, but safely outside the bounds of reality. Imagine … a student actually bringing a gun to school.

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