“Spotlight” An important but painful film.
In 2001, a group of Boston Globe reporters working on the “Spotlight” section of that paper, uncovered a major Catholic Church conspiracy [I emphasize that word]; wherein 87 Boston priests had molested close to 1000 young boys (and girls). The investigation was led by Walter “Robby” Robinson [brilliantly played by Michael Keaton] and included a sharp team of investigators [all outstanding actors] :
▪ Michael Rezendes: Mark Ruffalo-should get Best Supporting Actor nomination.
▪ Sacha Pfeiffer: Rachel McAdams.
▪ Matt Carroll: Brian d’Arcy.
This team, at the insistence of the new Jewish publisher from the NY Times, Matty Baron [Liev Schreiber] and the chief editor, Ben Bradlee Jr [John Slattery] probe the silent terror of a massive Boston Catholic Church’s cover-up instituted by Cardinal Law. Every aspect of this film should be recognized and lauded; from the creative direction of Tom McCarthy to the sharp script by Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer. The entire producing team of Blye Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Singer should be congratulated for a film well-made and well-timed for our present culture of national conspiracies.
A special mention must go to the writer/director Tom McCarthy who cleverly inserted another topic that might be considered a major cover-up [or conspiracy]--- and that, my dear friends, is the stand-down/false flag of 9/11. This film delves into the intricacies of lies, deceptions and co-optations involved in the large scale cover-up of the rampant pedophilia committed by the Catholic priests in Boston and in the rest of the USA[eventually the entire world].
“Spotlight” takes us into the world of the poor victims skillfully defended by the attorney, Mitchell Garabedian. The highly gifted actor, Stanley Tucci, plays the soulful part of an unappreciated lawyer who has to continuously fight the corrupt legal/religious systems in Mass. until victory appears unexpectedly from a reporter’s diligent efforts [Ruffalo]. The film systematically unfolds the full scope of the pedophilia epidemic committed by the priests of the Catholic Church which is overwhelming. The complicity and cover-up by various authorities is even more mind boggling until we realize that this complicity happens time and again throughout our history.
I am ashamed to say that while I worked at Mass. Mental Health Center [during 1970-72], we knew absolutely nothing about this raging epidemic of pedophilia; despite the fact that the Chairman of the Department had been the Director of Mental Health Services for the State of Massachusetts for several years beforehand. Clearly, we, in psychiatry, had failed; as well as, the legal and cleric institutions of corrupt Boston.
After having watched “Black Mass” with Johnny Depp as Whitey Bolger, I had a feeling that Boston had been dredged of all its moral pollutants….and.. Hollywood had been satiated. If you have a chance, take some time out and see, “Spotlight”. It’s really worth it.
You may come out of the theater with the feeling that not all of the press is corrupted by mega corporations..at least… not at that time… in 2001.
Good luck, Boston! I hope there is nothing more to uncover!