Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Border’ and ‘Watership Down’

‘BORDER’ (AMAZON, APPLE, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, YOUTUBE) There’s something about “Border” that made me think of the current DNA craze, the impulse by people to find the answers to themselves within their own genetic structure. Looking for your ancestry is one way of asking, “Who am I?” especially in a world where we fabricate race [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Dear Zachary’ and ‘My Brilliant Friend’

‘DEAR ZACHARY’ (AMAZON, FANDOR, HOOPLA, SUNDANCE) Given the current frenzy for true crime, especially on streaming television and in podcasts, a documentary like “Dear Zachary” has a very specific, and very important, role to play — in reclaiming these stories for the families and friends of the crime victim. In that way, while it states the case [...]

Susan Mara Bregman: New England Neon

A new book shines a light on the seductive history of New England signs — specifically a neon light. Susan Bregman’s book, “New England Neon,” features signs from all over the region, including two from Great Barrington, the signs for Cove Bowling and Gorham & Norton Package Store. Bregman, a Boston-based photographer, became fascinated by neon signs [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Alias Grace’ and ‘Clair Obscur’

‘Alias Grace’ (Netflix) Margaret Atwood had already made a splash on television earlier this year with “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which imagines a dystopian America where women are second-class citizens whose entire being is defined by their usefulness to men. It was excellent viewing, but the obvious question remains — do you really have to imagine such a [...]

Lenox mysteries set scene for new book, ‘The Duration’

A new novel that takes place in Lenox, MA, pulls from the childhood memories of the author to craft a haunted landscape of mystery that hearkens to another time for the town. Dave Fromm’s The Duration follows two childhood friends who reunite in their hometown of Lenox, with one friend acting out his obsessions with [...]