Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hello! I know that's it's been awhile since I've written on here. I've been lazy, I guess. I think that I'm mostly driven to write on this blog when I want to write at length about something I've read or watched and want to blather a bit (rather than a one-line Facebook status).

I've watched most of the 8-episode documentary "The Staircase" today, which follows the trial of a man accused of killing his wife. The defense says that she fell down a staircase and the prosecution says that he killed her in a rage after she discovered that he led a bisexual lifestyle. What's amazing is how much access everyone granted the documentary crew (the same guy who made "Murder on a Sunday Morning") so you can see the planning, the sometime machinations, and the anguish of the family and both sides (although one side more than another). I'm on episode 7 of the series as I write this, and I have already read a few articles in which I found out the final verdict. I have to admit I felt a little devastated once I found out, since it's tough to come out of the movie not rooting a certain way.

There's also some Nancy Grace footage of her covering the case in this series, and settles the idea in my head that she is a total, sensationalistic waste of space.

So, anyway, this series is pretty amazing and full of twist and turns. It's also incredibly heavy and not a little stressful. But, well worth the six hours of investment.

Okay...this is an add-on after I finished the series. Brutal ending and I sobbed. I still recommend it strongly, though.