From Sept 14-15
It was January 2002 when the Boston Globe’s spotlight team broke the stunning news about widespread sexual abuse in the Catholic Church — dozens of priests accused of molesting children, and rather than confront the problem, the church instead moved those priests from parish to parish, hiding their pasts from unsuspecting new victims.
James Porter, Paul Shanley and John Geoghan were three priests who were said to have had as many as 100 victims each — victims whose parents complained to the Boston Archdiocese. At the time, Boston Cardinal Bernard Law admitted he knew John Geoghan had been accused of molesting children, saying:
“I was aware of the case. I was aware of the way the case was being handled. I was aware of the advice that was being given… and as I have indicated before — in retrospect — mistakes were made … I’ve acknowledged that the policy was flawed.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM
September 7, 2015
By Scott Tobias
In the 16 years I've been attending the Toronto International Film Festival, Tom McCarthy's The Cobbler may be the single worst movie I've seen here. And during that time, I'm typically seeing four or five movies a day over seven to ten days, so conservatively speaking, I've seen somewhere around 500 movies. Many of them are terrible: Bloated awards-trawlers, impenetrable navel-gazers, "discoveries" by first-time/last-time directors, and those random slot-fillers that yield a masterpiece two percent of the time and a dud the other ninety-eight. But The Cobbler was a special kind of misfire, a magical realist comedy featuring unsettling racial overtones, Adam Sandler at his most clinically depressed, and a shocking series of third-act misjudgments.
As I wrote at the time, "The Cobbler is a paradox: A film that must be seen to be believe, but mustn't be seen." One year later, however, McCarthy is back with Spotlight, a gripping account of the Boston Globe's comprehensive investigation of child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, and among people who report on Best Picture frontrunners, it has been declared the Best Picture frontrunner. As worst-to-first comebacks go, pick your analogy: The 1991 Minnesota Twins, '80s Neil Young to '90s Neil Young, 1941 to Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's tempting to say that The Cobbler is the sort of terrible movie that only a great director could make, but McCarthy isn't some cinematic visionary. His other films—The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win—are all small-scale, accessible, meat-and-potatoes dramas that rely on well-honed performances and empathetic storytelling. With The Cobbler, he made the mistake of trying to sing in a higher octave.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM
'Spotlight' And 'Truth' Shine Brighter Than 'Trumbo' At The Toronto Film Festival
Tom McCarthy's “Spotlight” chronicles the Boston Globe reporters who ... Michael Rezendez (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and ..
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