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Old 02-29-2016, 08:31 AM   #1
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I haven't seen it yet, but it's definitely on my list.

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Old 02-29-2016, 08:39 AM   #2
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Movie was great. One of the best portrayals of real investigative journalism ever without Hollywood cliche touches. Thread should just be in the main forum, isn't political.
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Movie was great. One of the best portrayals of real investigative journalism ever without Hollywood cliche touches. Thread should just be in the main forum, isn't political.
It's not political, but it is religious.

The film is concerned with the Catholic Church pedophile scandal, something that was heavily debated on this board.
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It's not political, but it is religious.

The film is concerned with the Catholic Church pedophile scandal, something that was heavily debated on this board.
I guess, but the movie's about journalists investigating a cover up. There isn't religion involved, more institutional corruption.
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I guess, but the movie's about journalists investigating a cover up. There isn't religion involved, more institutional corruption.
I see the distinction you're drawing, but I don't think one can separate the institute from the religion in this case. The criminals were abusing their standing as priests to both gain access to their victims and insulate themselves from repercussions.
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I see the distinction you're drawing, but I don't think one can separate the institute from the religion in this case. The criminals were abusing their standing as priests to both gain access to their victims and insulate themselves from repercussions.
Yes, but what Spotlight is more about is how the church, as a whole, paid off victims and used their influence in the community to cover up the continuous scandal and how the reporters broke through to prove that. Obviously, the church is a religious organization, but the movie is about how the reporters broke the case. It's more like All The President's Men or The Insider than a film that's about religion.

The downside of the internet shrinking daily newspapers is that there's less of a budget for this kind of stuff.
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I haven't seen it yet, but it's definitely on my list.

But it's probably not on RIPF's list.
LOL i'd like to watch it too, sounds intriguing.

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The downside of the internet shrinking daily newspapers is that there's less of a budget for this kind of stuff.
We're in a transition period with respect to information dissemination.

Although investigative journalism of the Spotlight variety may be waning, it's also true that it's becoming harder to hide perfidies and cover up institutional evil such as what happened in the Boston Archdiocese.
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Here's a really good article about the movie written by one of the journalists who was on the team that broke the story: Matt Carroll.
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We're in a transition period with respect to information dissemination.

Although investigative journalism of the Spotlight variety may be waning, it's also true that it's becoming harder to hide perfidies and cover up institutional evil such as what happened in the Boston Archdiocese.
People are more attuned to sexual abuse/pedophilia (partly because of this scandal), so that's less likely to be tolerated. But, I'm not sure if there's a substitute in the wings for local investigative journalism.
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Finally got a chance to sit down and watch this.

Amazingly well-told story, powerful acting.

Just an incredible indictment of the Catholic Church.

I was going to write that I would like to see the Spotlight team go after the NFL front office, but it's better that they reserve their talents for the true criminals, as they did here.
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So busy in life this movie was on the “to do” list but fell by the wayside.

Just watched it.

Riveting. The best journalistic movie I’ve seen.

Can’t recommend higher. It was sensational. Aggravating. Infuriating. Puzzling. Heart wrenching. Everything in one picture.
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But it's probably not on RIPF's list.
Hey Tip,

One of the lead lawyers Eric MacLeish, was a classmate of mine in Law school at BU. Played by Billy Crudup in the movie. Haven't seen it yet but certainly will.

His Dad was Rod MacLeish. Some of you Old folk may remember him as news director at WBZ radio way back in the day. His Dad's uncle was the poet Archibald MacLeish.

Eric represented hundreds of these abuse victims and has disclosed that he himself was a victim as a youth in England.. It had traumatic effects on Eric apparently, but he seems to be doing well.

Anyway, a fascinating and traumatic Time. Really looking forward to it (though with some trepidation).


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