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Aug 01 2020

Revisiting "Spotlight" on Netflix

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As the 88th Oscars neared its conclusion, the anticipation for the Best Picture winner was high:The Revenanthad previously won the DGA and three Oscars including Directing,The Big Shorthad momentum, the PGA win, and an Oscar for Adapted Screenplay, and聚光灯had previously won SAG and on the big night Original Screenplay. Meanwhile, the critics had rallied behind疯狂的麦克斯:狂暴路and it just kept winning Oscars that night. But ultimately, it was聚光灯that prevailed, winning the top prize. With the film now streaming on Netflix, it's worth a revisit...

Looking back at last decade’s winners,聚光灯as a Best Picture winner is neither derided like绿皮书orThe King’s Speechnor highly regarded like12Years a SlaveorParasite. Instead, it exists somewhere in that Oscar limbo of Best Picture winners that are, if not forgotten, than infrequently talked about. Future consensus will most likely point to疯狂的麦克斯:狂暴路or to the un-nominatedCarolasthemodern classics of 2015. To add to that,聚光灯’s legacy is dwarfed by what preceded and succeeded it:鸟人的技术和炫技Moonlight“具有里程碑意义的胜利表示。然而,聚光灯earns its spot in that conversation and the Oscar for Best Picture.

聚光灯's "Outstanding Cast" SAG win

为了任何人谁需要提醒,这里是电影的简单总结:“聚光灯”队在波士顿环球报的记者为他们的纸做长期调查。随着新老板(里夫·施雷伯)的到来,球队敦促调查神父性虐待的儿童。他们的调查导致他们发现,还存在更多的牧师犯在波士顿,他们正在波士顿大主教保护这些令人发指的行为。

All of the team members have personal stake in this investigation: the editor Robby Robertson (Michael Keaton) rubs elbows with people working for the Archdiocese, Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo) is the one reaching out to the fiery lawyer representing the victims, Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) is living with her practicing Catholic mother, and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James) has children and is living near the house of one of the priests being investigated.

Co-written and directed by Tom McCarthy, the film is a demonstration of how precisely crafted filmmaking can triumph over showboating. The film understands journalism and treats the story like it is a full-blooded investigation: plot points are strategically mapped out, dialogues are infused with grounded intelligence, scenes are executed with necessary patience, and the pace is rhythmically pitch-perfect as reporting goes hand-in-hand with the personal lives of the journalists.

The fusion of strong acting, clear character work, and powerful series of events allows聚光灯to build its considerable cumulative power. It is easy to overlook McCarthy and his team's craft since "based on a true story" don't usually play out like this. In most cases, filmmakers perceive a necessity to dramatize, even sensationalize, true events for artistic purposes. That formula has worked well in terms of courting Oscar. And while聚光灯最初看起来是下面这个模板,它通过它的方法转移到故事改变方向离开。对抗和情绪爆发都保持在最低限度。描绘的场景与源面试夹持地观察到。编辑很少华丽,但现场后,不断升级的戏剧张力的场景。几个镜头都一丝不苟地组成进一步说明天主教教会对波士顿社区弥漫举行。讲故事的凝重,周密,有条不紊,但它也与诚实,勇敢,和人性灌输它。


Take the scene where the team is talking to Richard Sipe, a former priest doing rehabilitation work for pedophile priests. It starts with the close up of a telephone with Sipe on loudspeaker as he is being questioned by the team. As the team knows more about the case with Sipe’s answers, the camera pulls back very carefully to reveal the journalists and their reactions. As they reach the jaw-dropping revelation that 6% of priests in Boston are engaged in sexual abuse, the shot becomes a full-on wide shot, dwarfing the journalists stunned by that piece of information. Meanwhile, Howard Shore’s quietly powerful, somber score gradually gains power in amplifying the magnitude of that reveal.

What comes after is the inevitable series of events that will ultimately put the team head on against the Archdiocese of Boston and ultimately, the Catholic Church. Stakes are incredibly high, powerful people are involved, and they are asked to go all in. The work eventually becomes personally taxing, but the situation calls for it. This is not just a case of few bad apples; this is a systematic cover-up orchestrated by one of the most powerful institutions in the world.

And we reach the final scene: Robby and Mike, with differences resolved, arrive at their office. They were anticipating complaints and protests outside their office, but instead come numerous phone calls. Not by protesters, but by victims. Robby, slowly absorbing the gravity of the impact of their first article, stands there for a bit and then proceeds to answer a call.这对他和我们真正醍醐灌顶的时刻。虽然还有人挺身而出,分享他们的性虐待的历史,有很多在那里等着看谈话开始。它见证了#MeToo和#TimesUp运动,即使这种犯罪的高调揭露的只是表面。

随之而来的也许是影片中最可怕的“图像”。在一系列的产权证,该片揭示了红衣主教法已经被转移到圣母大殿在意大利,显示了天主教会在这些暴行持续同谋和虚伪。以下是各个城市,其中由天主教神父性虐待的故事被揭露了世界的一个长长的清单。不幸的是,聚光灯团队所做的工作仅仅是揭开了冰山一角。

就我个人而言,这部电影在th来到我的生活e perfect time. I watched it while I myself was making my thesis film in film school about a journalist investigating the crimes of a powerful religious organization. I had my story even before I knew about the existence of this film. My film and McCarthy’s film are vastly different in visual language and context but united in rage. This was the unexpected trailblazer that I needed to give me the courage to continue with my project.

As a mass communication student living in a country with one of the highest number of journalist killings in the world, the subject matter was uncomfortably close. As a believer, I am passionate about criticizing crimes committed within the religious community. As a rational human being, I am enraged by sexual abuses and victimization of children.

I remember vividly the first time I saw聚光灯.As the end credits rolled, I was crying intensely and shaking. I could not stop. It was truly one of the most powerful film experiences I have ever had. I still rewatch it from time to time and that gut punch still comes.

在奥斯卡角逐而言,也许片子出来有点早。特朗普对媒体的连续攻击(和字面上,谁批评他),自2016年,这是有趣的想象一下,如果影片会表现在奥斯卡更好,如果它被发布仅仅一年或两年后。亚博主页也许迈克尔·基顿会变得过于英寸也许原创配乐提名为好。

But here we are in 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic. Misinformation is rampant, and there are self-proclaimed “news organizations” that only harbor propaganda and deception. The value of the truth gets muddled when political histrionics, Twitter rampages, hateful rhetoric, and blatant lies dominated the world conversation.

聚光灯是一个重要的提醒我们,新闻和新闻代表orting should work. It inspires us to be watchful and critical of powerful institutions, and to break the silence once abuses are happening. This film is worth a revisit -- it is truly one of the best films of 2015.


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我很高兴这个获得最佳影片。这不是一个华丽的电影,所以我担心它会被遗忘。但我喜欢这部电影看起来怎么样的日常世界。不出现任何夸张。演员是一流的,但我一直感到遗憾的是鲁弗洛拿到了奥斯卡点头,当基顿和图斯都在那里。麦克亚当斯点头是不同的,太。这是所有关于积极倾听和思考;她基本上是平静的实施方案,彻底能力。这是在屏幕上描绘罕见的事情。

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterCash

@Cash: Ruffalo's eventual nomination makes sense because he has the "showiest" performance in this decidedly low-key film. He also has the impassioned speech which almost always works.

我记得那年是如此紧张,如果没有聚光灯的演员会做到这一点。·鲁弗洛,基顿,图斯和施赖伯都得到支持,从影评人奖提名演员和胜利。

The film winning SAG Cast, aside from its two Oscars, is probably its most deserving win that season since it was truly an ensemble work.

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered Commenter卡洛斯

I was shocked by how much I liked this movie when I saw it. And it holds up. I think one actor realllllly overacts in this, but apart from that it gets a full A from me across the board.

这也提醒我,我希望更多的人看到了欧容的通过上帝的恩典。这是一个强大的,制作精良的影片之一赫克了。

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterScottC

A beautifully worded summation of this film, thank you. I wasn't bowled over by it at the time but upon rewatch it held up very well. It has the feel of a procedural, like 1976's All the President's Men. As for the acting nominations, I think the academy going with the overacting of Ruffalo and the competent but not terribly distinctive McAdams was pretty disappointing. Keaton was to me was clearly the most deserving of a nod, he was excellent.

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered Commenter

It's a very well made film, and it does hold up, but it is a bland choice for Best Picture.

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterDl

It is an amazing film and I have no problem with the film winning Best Picture though for me,The Hateful Eight那年的最佳影片。

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

这当然是一个比preceeded它,肯定比月光电影更好,中投唯一的虚假说明是鲁弗洛我的钱做自己的职业生涯任何其他小伙子们的最差演技会一直声嘶力竭ESP顿谁可能从类别混乱遭受但在此之前,并且成为赢家年歪曲将是一个很大的弥补奥斯卡的一年。

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

这是一个安静的电影,但安静并不意味着它没有质量。

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered Commenter汤姆·G.

奇怪,因为它的声音,我认为赢得最佳影片让这部电影被人遗忘。如果失去了,我相信人们会在事后都回来,并说:“嘿,哇,真的科学院听错了这一年。”除非去怒道。谁知道世界是什么样子今天,如果这种情况发生?

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered Commenter德文d

Terrific film - for me the best of last decade's top winners alongside the other Keaton pic that won the year before. Its modest construction and understated tone belie what an extraordinarily astute and well modulated film this is on every level.

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterJonathan

I love this film and even though I was rooting for "Fury Road" as well am happy it won. While it may not be as loudly talked about, it is definitely highly regarded especially with state at "news " and lack of intelligent adult dramas out there.

August 1, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterMarshako

不是一个杰作,但非常接近,优秀的演员,完美的编辑和剧本避免老生常谈的话题。当然卡罗尔,是2015年的最佳影片,但是这部电影是一个很好的赢家。

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterCafg

我喜欢这部电影就好了。我认为这是电影中的水层的形状,虽然不是革命性的,我们真的不介意他们是最好的Pitcure赢家。

I do think "By The Grace of God" is an even better film, the same kind of movie but going even further. I'd recommend everyone to see it.

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterLucky

丢人现眼!
One of worst and weakest BP winners in Oscar History.
E real shame!
Is this the face of "New Academy"?
请带我回到旧时代...

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterFabio Dantas Flappers

伟大的文章!

聚光灯is my favourite Best Picture winner of recent times. This past decade, only Parasite comes close. Spotlight is such a quietly sensible, carefully crafted film. Its form suits the methodical and persistent ways in which its journalists uncover the story they are researching. It's very rewatchable, too - to see the subtlety of the characterisations and to take pleasure in the assured filmmaking. I do have a slight question over Ruffalo's work, but perhaps the film needs his more blatant energy as a contrast to the quieter energies of the rest of the Spotlight team. I think Keaton might have suffered from category confusion: he won best leading actor from the New York Film Critics Circle but was talked about as a candidate in the supporting category. He's terrific in his role. Really, I could praise everyone in the film - and everyone behind the camera.

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

Best Emmy's winner ever

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterPP

我很佩服巨大这部电影,如果仅仅因为它是一个准确和爱致敬的苦差事和科研奖励。它围绕建立一个至关重要的电子表格的建设的整个序列的事实,充满了我的心脏与喜悦。

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterIan O

坚韧的传统好莱坞电影的消息

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterJaragon

A perfectly fine film, but nothing more. One of the less deserving Best Picture winners of the last decade for sure--I can't imagine thinking this was better than Birdman or Moonlight.

Ruffalo was actively bad in this--and I generally like him! Not sure how he got in over Keaton.

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterSarah

是的,艾美奖得主。疯狂的麦克斯被抢劫。

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered Commentercal roth

聚光灯is a great example of humble aspirations meeting at the threshold of cinema with stellar commitment and talent.

The SAG win is more than deserved, because of all the films released in 2015, this is the truest ensemble. Even McAdams and Ruffalo, who got the lion's share of the praise (and, frankly, well deserved, as they are both wonderfully understated), blend in seamlessly.

As I watched it, I thought of that great tide of "message" films that rose in the '70s and then seemingly cratered in the '80s only to rise again (sort of) in the '90s in the form of tawdry Grisham adaptations (no complaint, as I find them all entertaining!) and then settle into quieter films, such as this one, or A Civil Action and Dark Waters.

It may not have the luster of a Moonlight win, but Spotlight's shine will remain long past trends or what's vogue passes.

August 2, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterManny