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Lucy in the Sky

有在此笑话不再是滑稽和可悲变成一个点,这是非常早在两个多小时的运行时间。

午夜旅行者

The fact that Midnight Traveler even exists is a bit of a miracle.

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民谣的楢山节

“楢山节考”,是一个非常美丽和优雅的技巧一部日本电影,讲述惊心残酷的故事。它会打开什么空间?

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The Haunting of Spotlight

学生问我,如果听的情感代价,以他们的问题耗尽了我。在我作为一个牧师的工作,我是一个侦探寻找问题,途径和解决方案是什么困扰着二十多岁。然而,猥亵儿童和恋童癖的故事是关于灵魂每次听到他们的时间敲我下了毒。关于这一点,我第一次观看汤姆·麦卡锡“S“Spotlight”(2015年),我是创伤。我从我在我自己对这样的情况下工作,听到了电影对白的时刻震撼。这些都是句子,索赔,问题,挑战,都具有相同的动机瞒到保护,产生了捕食系统。

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“Spotlight” has the usual structure we find in similar docudramas about journalists discovering and whistleblowing major scandals, like “All the President’s Men” (Pakula, 1976), “业内人士”(曼,1999年),后来在“华盛顿邮报”(Spielberg, 2017). Meaning, many scenes are meetings about plans, findings, courthouse adjudication, juxtaposed with scenes of characters discussing those meetings. There are sequences of quiet research in cellars, the search for a golden-fleece-like set of documents that reveal all the secrets, interviews with experts, witnesses, victims, mixed with scenes about the struggles of personal and professional life, mixed with ethical questions about the whole system.

说完闭上了传道人的不当行为六个月前(成人)以及约在纽约亿万富翁涉嫌儿童色情毒贩落网最近的新闻灯的最后一种情况,我决定rewatch“聚光灯”。虽然波士顿和爱泼斯坦案件由专业记者的研究,我是一个单纯的牧师和大学教授谁得到的人谁也找不到其他人来支持他们拉进这样的情况。此外,也有穆斯林传教士,波士顿大主教管区和杰弗里·爱泼斯坦的情况下根本差异。

然而,所有的故事困扰着你。

我花了几年,因为我的第一种情况调查传道不端行为要弄清楚,什么是关于性侵犯的不是战争的幸存者的幸存者的故事不同。如果你是一个大屠杀的幸存者,你至少有一个统计数字,但在最好的人。人们同情。当你是性侵犯的受害者有人突出,但是,你成为一个道具。一个东西。人的一个社区,谁也不知道怎么除了反应自行关闭,而不是决定关闭你失望。

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Dirty preachers target young people who are easy to silence: lower socioeconomic class, broken family structure, and an eagerness to please the Divine. They lure them in, step by step, with a mixture of praise, pious gestures, and the steady crossing of taboos, until they trap their victims. You are trapped when you are too frightened to say “no,” too frightened to run, and too frightened to tell anyone anything. I have worked on cases involving as many adult victims as children, and the formula that predators use to pursue adult prey is the same.

In the film, the attorney Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci) comments that it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to abuse a child. The most common statement from victims in my work has been, “I told [X] and they did not do anything.” In the movie, one victim comments that his mother made cookies for the preacher.

Circles of people around the perpetrators recognize that something is wrong. Some ease their consciences with, “I am just doing my job;” some ignore the hints of corruption; some hide it behind pleasantries. The end result is a long trail of survivors struggling to live long enough to see sunlight the next morning, knowing they might destroy themselves as a way to cope with has been done to them.

Then, the self-appointed pundits haunt you.

In any community of believers, most worshipers are upright, humble people seeking ways to navigate what the world hits them with. All religions provide a well-tread path of healing for wounds. News of a corrupt preacher, thus, paralyzes a community. On top of that, you have to deal with politicians and sycophants.

If the only problem of exposing misconduct was that autodidacts decided to conduct their own investigation, it would be manageable. That happens, but so many others become political activists, using your case, using the victim’s story, using their own personal ambitions as the soapbox upon which they pontificate. Some of these people are sincere, trying to cope by pointing fingers. Others, however, are heartless, using any stepping stone they can—even if those steps are abused children—to elevate their own selves.

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As I type this piece, we see the same happening with the Epstein case. Numerous articles claim to provide inside information either to his life or to his mind. Some are seeking another stake to pound into the heart of the President. Some are linking celebrities to him. Some are critiquing the lifestyles of the wealthy.

In my cases, there were those who argued that religion itself is the problem, even though people of religion were conducting the investigations. There were those who pushed conspiracy theories. In “Spotlight,” Marty Baron’s Jewish bachelor identity became fodder for some to question his integrity. There are those who are convinced that I have an agenda to produce a “reformist Islam” by wiping out the carriers of our sacred traditions, even though I am a leader in the community and my teachers and mentors are immersed in tradition. In fact, it was the conservative scholars who gave the most support in investigations, risking their own reputations.

有那些谁主张对所有的人,好像什么人做的是宗法,有毒的,野蛮的。有那些谁主张对妇女,仿佛任何时候的女人是男人的存在,她是有过错的诱惑对他们的不当行为。有那些谁认为,这种情况下应保持安静,因为恐怖分子和Islamophobes已经给了错误的各种注意事项的社区足够。有那些谁希望被告肇事者及其机构夷为平地,谁忽略过去的案件被曝光,柏油和羽毛。

所有的最常见的,然而,这是道德的含糊其辞:从这些结构和别人的好处超过了自己的错误。你会记得这贝恩斯借口马尔科姆“马尔科姆X”(斯派克·李, 1992) to rationalize Elijah Muhammad’s behaviors. Further, some were of the belief that the sins of a fellow believer should be kept hidden, which means that the victims are to be thrown under the same rugs.

伟大的一部分“聚光灯”avoids the low-hanging-fruit of painting the Church as an evil entity, the likes of which we find in many other films. It wrestles with faith, when it could have dismissed it. Instead, the film focuses on the discovery of a systemic problem that has allowed for the destruction of numerous lives. The very real humans in the film, not realizing that they were endorsing inhumane stances by seeking to keep things quiet, were the exact humans I dealt with in my work. In contrast to the monsters, these attorneys, courthouse staff members, and other laypeople in the middle were not bad people as much as they were shortsighted, afraid to identify ogres as ogres, afraid to discover that the world can be as dark as their own scriptures dictate.

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该反应在“聚光灯”我们见证由传教士将是迷人的道德相对主义的世界,如果他们不是在任何合理的世界令人咋舌。最令人震惊的,在第一是谁理直气壮地声称他猥亵儿童,但没有强奸她们,也没有收到任何满足的牧师。换句话说,他没有毁坏的孩子受益,所以他不仅扔下了公交车有罪牧师的休息,但他也释放任何罪责的自己。

The truly vile response, however, came from Cardinal Law himself giving Baron a courtesy call: explaining he would not be commenting. I had a similar experience. One preacher I was able to get to confess and apologize for his crimes took a moment to praise me for conducting a fair investigation. Later, however, he was saying very horrible things about me. Such people are masters at using manners and pleasantries as a mask for demonic behavior.

我相信最恶劣的罪犯可以找到改革和赎回,但主要的障碍是自恋。相反,一些事情发生。有谦逊的小窗口,在此期间,犯罪人愿意招认和工作走向改革。然后,该窗口关闭抨击:,让他们相信自己是上帝或信仰超过它们的保护者的声音自恋,而且他们认为自己一切的受害者。自己的生活经历,自己的激情,领导力和名望的需求受害者。他们认为自己是他们虐待受害者的受害者。

他们使用经文,眼泪,假谦卑争取他们的追随者为他们辩护。我们已经看到在大众媒体上的各种相机崩溃名人,并指责这种掠夺行为的人选。我们已经看到他们的爪牙支持他们足够支付其费用。

Once I sat in front of a preacher who ran such circles around me with logic that sounded almost rational. We were sitting with a victim and her mother as he tried to dominate the conversation by spewing a narrative painting himself as a compassionate man wanting to reconciliation as a favor to the victim. In the work of religion, I had seen many people do evil things. Here, however, I felt for the first time in my life that I’m in the presence of the Devil himself. He later took a deal with the State, pleading guilty to some horrible charges. Even later, he claimed he pleaded guilty for the sake of peace in the community (and not because of the overwhelming evidence that would be ensuring a long prison sentence); meaning, he lied under oath, something foul in every religious and secular tradition.

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为了这一天,这些案件困扰着我:为什么我做的不够的受害者,为社会,并为肇事者?

在有关其信仰的尊重“聚光灯”另一个微妙的,重要的一点是,记者不仅热爱自己的工作,而不是只爱他们为人民服务,但也喜欢波士顿即使波士顿人不爱他们。在我的情况,我发现我不得不选择的核心团队中,每个人是宗教的,有诚信,和喜爱的社区。当我有谁恨社会的队友,他们是最困难的工作,更关注自己的个人品牌比调查的挑战的高度和保护。

The movie’s exploration of the dynamics of faith and loyalty are fascinating. All the journalists identify as lapsed Catholics. Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams)试图维持通过她的祖母的信仰她的信心。迈克Rezendes(Mark Ruffalo) left the church always having the hope he would return. Richard Sipe (Richard Jenkins) kept to faith in a way that superseded human intervention. But, as Pfeiffer gets deeper into the case, should could not continue. Rezendes has a moment—reading letters confirming the corruptions—in which he “cracked.”

我知道那种感觉。通过“聚光灯”的故事悬停马蒂男爵。各种各样的和尚,出来的地方是在一个天主教城市犹太执行。保存在专业工作我做的,作为一个穆斯林牧师和教授在耶稣会大学,我已经退出大多数社区的工作和大多数社会关系了。我已经看到这么多的黑暗。不想看多了,我已经成为我自己安静的禁欲主义者,寻求更深层次的沉浸到神州。我最近花了休假从社交媒体,因为有关爱泼斯坦喋喋不休正在采取我回到那个黑暗。我没想到的,然而,即使在一个几乎是空的感恩节晚上的电影院我的“聚光灯”的第一次观看了创伤,第二观看,流在我的笔记本电脑,是如此的治疗。

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