The Film: This is a movie I didn’t want to see, a movie about the sexual violation of children by priests. However, this film is a well done account of the Boston Globe’s dedicated Spotlight team 2003 Pulitzer winning investigation on the crimes committed by priests. Spotlight is the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in the United States. In the early 2000s, theteam uncovers the widespread problem of child abuse by priests in the Boston area. The string of trackable crimes dates from the 70’s to the early 2000’s. For a disturbing topic, the highlight is delightful cast including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup. Each actor seems to bring nuances of internal agony about the situation. The story illuminates the fraternity of silence about suspected crimes. I expected the film to be slanted with Hollywood propanganda but it seems just to be honest storytelling.
The Food: I deliberated about broaching the topic of food. It’s such a heavy movie. Set in Boston, I thought a bread bowl of New England clam chowder and Sam Adams beer would be perfect comfort food. You’ll need for this for this uncomfortable topic.