Oscar notes

Were you as unfazed as many about Sunday’s Oscars?

Were you somewhat disappointed?

Despite the lowered TV viewership, there were moments.

“We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters,” “Spotlight” producer and CIR board member Blye Pagon Faust said in her acceptance speech. “Not only do they effect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity for investigative journalism.” – RevealNews.org

As the cast and crew of the movie Spotlight celebrated the announcement of the movie’s being named Best Picture, reporters everywhere reveled in the importance of “investigative journalism.”

Here’s more about the background The Boston Globe‘s decision to pursue the sorrowful saga of systemic child abuse by many in the Boston Archdiocese in “Glare of the Spotlight.”

Here is the Spotlight report from the 2002 article that “broke the news”: “Church allowed abuse by priest for years.”

Interestingly, the Archdiocese’s Website now has a Protecting Children Webpage.

Yesterday’s The New York Times stated, ‘Spotlight’ Oscar Warms Boston Globe, and Journalism

The editor in the film, Marty Baron, is a Lehigh University graduate.

Widespread abuse continues

Grand jury: Hundreds of children sexually abused by priests in Altoona-Johnstown diocese  FOX43-TV

Grand jury report with all the details

Lady Gaga Genius

This woman just continues to come up with amazing performances. For those who dismissed her in the past, this genius is an amazing talent.

Watch Lady Gaga’s Powerful Oscars 2016 Performance here.

The Vice President’s message:


Revenant: A page torn from another book?

We were listening to a talk segment on WLBR radio yesterday. A caller made an impassioned observation that Revenant, the movie starring Leonardo DiCapprio, was an out and out reproduction of the “much-better” movie of the 1971 film, Man in the Wilderness.

IMDB’s synopsis says: “In the early 1800’s, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilisation and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide he’s a goner and leave him behind to die. When he recovers instead, he swears revenge on them and tracks them and their paranoiac expedition leader down.”

IMDB’s synopsis of Revenant says: “A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.”

This London Daily Mail article, too, states, “The Revenant has striking similarities to Richard Harris’s 1971 movie Man In The Wilderness.”

The WLBR caller insisted that renting Man in the Wilderness is a much wiser choice then shelling out big bucks to watch the revision film.

You decide; here’s the trailer for The Man in the Wilderness.


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