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Michael Keaton and co. sit around a desk in Spotlight.

‘Spotlight’ sheds light on a dark corner in a modest manner

This year’s “surprise” best picture winner is a lovingly modest feature that tells the story of one of the most important journalistic exposes in history. The story, by now a secret to no one, is of the Spotlight team of journalists at the Boston Globe that in early 2002 brought to light the full scope of the Catholic priest sex scandal. Written and directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Thomas McCarthy, Spotlight is both aided and tarnished by its primary quality: modesty. Where it would be tempting to really celebrate these investigative journalists as heroes, the film wisely takes a less celebratory approach that while setting a perfect, realistic tone, also made it feel lacking to this viewer in at least my initial viewing. Continue reading ‘Spotlight’ sheds light on a dark corner in a modest manner

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Hints of ‘Birdman’ in director Inarritu’s old Nike commercial

Back in 2010 esteemed director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu made a stylish World Cup advertisement. I love it. I love seeing a short works show legitimate artistry. It restores my faith a little bit in things like music videos, advertisements, and even TV shows. It proves that it could be done well, it just isn’t most of the time. I remember trying to share this with people who, though they enjoyed the video, did not know or care who Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was. They had heard of Babel and recalled it was up for some Oscars, but that was about it. Given his recent Birdman success, now seems like a good time dust this little gem off. And after viewing it again, it feels even more timely because I couldn’t help but see endless parallels to the Michael Keaton theater flick.  Continue reading Hints of ‘Birdman’ in director Inarritu’s old Nike commercial

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