Tuesday, December 15, 2015

'Spotlight' on a Cover-Up


Saw and enjoyed "Spotlight," the critically acclaimed film about The Boston Globe's coverage of the Catholic Church's pedophile priest cover-up that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Because I prefer documentaries for things like this, I was leery then pleasantly surprised that the filmmakers DIDN'T try to create extraneous drama, relying on the actual (horrifying) facts to speak for themselves. Some have criticized the film for this, but I liked learning how the stories were reported and written, including the decision to hold off on publishing even when there was a so-called smoking gun. More than anything, though, it was -- as my brother Bill pointed out -- the first "journalism" film that got the profession 100 percent right -- read: No one screamed "STOP THE PRESSES!"


Worth noting: My brother works for Marty Baron and said Liev Schreiber IS Marty Baron


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