SPOTLIGHT

What makes Spotlight — the latest film from Tom McCarthy — such a strong piece of work, is that it is about the work. The time it takes to produce solid journalism. To knock on doors, read court documents and endless ledgers. To pester legal counsel and file motions until you get what you want. Spotlight is a movie about the Catholic sex scandal and the cover-up that followed, but it is also about the amount of time and work it took to bring that scandal to light. While that scandal is well-known in 2015, in 2001 — when the majority … Continue reading SPOTLIGHT

TAXI

In March of 2010, famed Iranian director, Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, The Mirror, Offside), was arrested along with his wife, daughter and 15 friends. Later that year, they were officially charged for “colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country’s national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic” and Panahi was placed under a six-year house arrest and a 20-year ban from making movies. It was initially crippling to Panahi, but one year later, Panahi made the spectacular This is Not a Film, a cinematic diary of Panahi is his Tehran apartment discussing his movies, his ideas … Continue reading TAXI