🎞 Spotlight (2015)

Watched Spotlight from Open Road Films (II)
Directed by Tom McCarthy. With Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and John Slattery. The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Interesting to see this again following Cardinal Law’s recent death. It’s still incredibly painful to watch. I don’t remember who I would have identified with the first time I saw this in the theater, but I certainly identify with Mike Rezendes’ rage in the end.

The stupidity of humans and how they manage to treat each other always astounds me; particularly here where it is the church that is the instigator.

Watched on Netflix via Chromecast to television

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👓 The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari | The Atlantic

Read The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari by Caitlin Flanagan (The Atlantic)
Allegations against the comedian are proof that women are angry, temporarily powerful—and very, very dangerous.
I love that the author discusses her personal background and cultural viewpoint here. It’s certainly an interesting perspective on the movement in the past six months. I’m quite curious to read the underlying source article. Until now I’ve not heard of babe as a source at all.
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🎞 The Post (2017)

Watched The Post from DreamWorks
Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Bob Odenkirk. A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
This was a bit over dramatic in parts and seemed to be attempting to pull at one’s emotions a bit too obviously. It is an interesting perspective into the battle of the sexes in the early 1970’s.

I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t some type of chyron coda to discuss the fallout from the Pentagon Papers and what happened to Daniel Ellsberg, but instead there was a cute bit foreshadowing the Watergate scandal just a few years later. Though it may have been difficult to pull off narratively, I suspect Spielberg could have done both, but decided not to.

Overall an interesting story well told.

Watched at: ArcLight Cinemas, Pasadena, CA, Theater 8, Row H, Seat 12

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Reply to 2018: Some Hope by Brent Simmons

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2018: Some Hope: http://inessential.com/2018/01/03/2018_some_hope
Brent, I think you’ve hit the nail directly on the head. I’m glad someone working on a feed reader has these ideals. It may be a bit pedantic for you, but since you mention it in the close, here’s a reasonable primer which may help: http://boffosocko.com/2017/07/28/an-introduction-to-the-indieweb/