Spotlight (2015)

spotightDirector: Tom McCarthy

Writer: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (Screenplay)

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Elena Wohl, Gene Amoroso, Billy Crudup


Plot: 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.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Interesting Factual Film


Story: Spotlight starts with a short look at what happened in 1976 Boston where a Priest gets off any charges of molestation. Move forward to 2001 in the Boston Globe where the ‘Spotlight’ team Robby (Keaton), Mike (Ruffalo), Sacha (McAdams) and Matt (James) run an elite segment in the paper. When Marty Baron (Schreiber) comes into the paper people start fearing about their jobs, but one of the first things he does as a stranger to the city is to challenge the Spotlight team to look into the Boston Catholic Church and their molestation

The team of four start looking through the stories from the last 25 years that have all almost gone unpunished and what they dig up will change the way the world sees the Catholic Church forever.

Spotlight is a film that gives us a big history lesson about how corrupt the Catholic Church had become, it shows how easily they could cover up all their wrongs and thought that everything was just fine because of the contribution that made to society. The reality is how big everything got how far up the ranks the corruption within a religious circle things got showing just how bad things were for the innocent victims. This film shows how hard it was to speak up and remember all the things the victims were made to do showing how it has affected their lives forever. If you want a good, no a brilliant history lesson this is one for you.


Actor Review


Mark Ruffalo: Mike Rezendes is part of the Spotlight team who is liaising with lawyer Mitchell Garabedian who is also trying to take down the Catholic Church on his own, he gets pointed in the right direction as he investigates his side of the story. Mark is brilliant in this role giving us a performance that can go hand in hand with his Zodiac one.

Michael Keaton: Walter ‘Robby’ Robinson is the leader of the Spotlight team who is the one that can confront the higher officials that stand in the rest of the team’s way, he is blunt when it takes on these people. He has the most connections and is one of the most respected people in the newspaper. Michael continues to give brilliant performances after his one in Birdman last time out.robby

Rachel McAdams: Sacha Pfeiffer is one of the Spotlight team who gets to know the victims while being the partner to Robby in the interviews with the Catholic higher ups. She uses her ability to show her empathy towards the victims to help them feel comfortable about their stories. Rachel gives us a brilliant performance in this role where she shows her serious side.

Liev Schreiber: Marty Baron is the man who gets placed in charge of the paper where he comes to Boston to give fresh eyes on the Catholic Church cover up. He tasks the Spotlight team on this story to expose a story he had no idea would be one of the biggest in Catholic Church history. Liev is almost unlike anything you have seen from him before but I would have liked to have seen more from his character.

Support Cast: Spotlight has a brilliant supporting cast that all help get to the bottom of this story.

Director Review: Tom McCarthyTom gives us a brilliant story showing how the world we thought was safe could be filled with so much corruption.


Biographical: Spotlight shows just how much hard work had to be put in by a team that trusted each other to come up with their end of the story.

History: Spotlight gives us an example of a power who thought they knew all and could get away with anything and how easy they could be bought down.

Thriller: Spotlight has moments of thrills but it is more about how well the team puts the story together,

Music: Spotlight uses the music to show the moments unfolding without going to heavy on any side of it all.

Settings: Spotlight keeps most of the settings in and around Boston which helps us know where the story first broke.
: Spotlight is one to watch to learn about how the Catholic Church operated, but you do need your serious head on while watching. (Watch)


Best Part: The performances are brilliant.

Worst Part: Could be considered too serious for some.


Believability: Based on what really happened in Boston.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Nominated for 3 Golden Globes including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay

Oscar Chances:

Runtime: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

Tagline:  Break the story. Break the silence.


Overall: Brilliant history lesson of one of the biggest scandals in Catholic Church history


Opinion Battles Starts Next Week

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Opinion Battles Year 2 starts next Monday 11th January 2016 and our first subject is Favourite Quentin Tarantino Character, if you want more information on Opinion Battles click HERE or email

The question remains which one of Tarantino’s characters will get selected, will it be one from a film he directed or just one he wrote or even one he only starred in.

Directed Films

My Best Friend’s Birthday birthday

I think this would be one that most people haven’t seen, so I don’t expect to see any of these characters appearing.

Reservoir Dogs dogs

The Heist gone wrong film that really put Tarantino on the map and the one that first showed he can create an iconic scene because who will forget the scene with the ear?

Pulp Fiction pulp

The one that was robbed of Best Picture, well that is what the fans say, this is considered his true classic and with such an all-star cast this showed the film maker had everything in his locker.

Jackie Brown jackie

The one most people forget, I do think that this is the fair statement because he has made so many highly praised films this one is the one people seems to forget.

Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 2

The one with the beautiful vengeful bride, this one is where things start looking a lot more fun showing he can handle violence in an artistic style.

Death Proof 4

The one people say is his worst, while this isn’t on the levels of his other work it does work for the genre it is trying to give us very well.

Inglorious Basterds inglory

The war epic that is his own way of ending World War II, a film that is advertised as violent but really is a brilliant drama.

Django Unchained 3

The Revenge film that showed us DiCaprio can play the bad guy just as well as the good guy.

The Hateful Eight hateful

The Modern western that turns into a massive game of whose who.

Written Ones

·         True Romancetre

·         Natural Born Killersnatural

·         From Dusk Till Dawndusk

2015 Awards – Best Animation

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Best Animation and this year we saw Pixar return to their best along with a couple of very strong contenders for the award of best animated film.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Big Hero 6 big hero 6 We have plenty of superhero films coming out seemingly weekly but now we have an animated version that fills all the essential superhero origin ideas but keeping it fun from start to finish.

My favourite

·         Inside Out inside out Pixar are back with a bang with one of the most emotionally driven animated films of all time that will leave you in tears on minute before putting a smile on your face the next.

2015 Watched List The Final One

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.


So without further ramblings here we go 520 – 534 the final list:


1.      Spotlight spotight Brilliant investigation story against the Catholic Church.

2.      Concussion concussion Important film about how one man changed how one of the most popular sports is played.

3.      The Danish Girl danish Difficult but good drama about one man’s chance to trailblazer transgender movement in the 1920.

4.      The Good Dinosaur good dinosaur A weak Pixar film that should have been a lot better.

5.      Steve Jobs jobs Good drama looking at the man’s life moments before his big technological releases.

6.      The Mummy the_mummy_movie_poster Fun action adventure all around.

7.      The Mummy Returns mummy returnsGood sequel to the fun film.

8.      The Mummy Curse of the Dragon Empire mummy 3 Poor sequel but does move the story away from Egypt.

9.      Critters critters New Line Cinema trying to do their own version of Gremlins, fun but not perfect.

10.  Critters 2 criters 2 Solid sequel that gains the horror needed for the series.

11.  Trumbo trumbo Brilliant story showing how difficult it was to fight against the government.

12.  Critters 3 critters Yet another sequel that takes a step back from the original but DiCaprio his first film role.

13.  Critters 4 critters When the franchise is out of ideas take it to space.

14.  Rocky V rocky Rocky is getting older and wants to train but left with nothing he will not go down without swinging.

15.  Rocky Balboa balboa Computer simulator shows that Rocky versus current champion which leads to yet another come back.


The Best – Spotlightspotight


The Worst – Critters 4critters