I put off watching Spotlight for a while. It had a lot going for it — talented cast and the subject matter — reporters investigating child abuse covered up by the Catholic Church — was charged, tragic, and topical. Way I saw it, this was gonna be a heavy, intense movie. Hence putting off watching a presumably gut-wrenching movie
Which is why it’s so frustrating that Spotlight wastes so much potential in favor of being painfully obvious at best, and poor melodrama at worst.
Spotlight is definitely about something: namely the Catholic Church covering up child abuse scandals. This is undoubtedly an important topic. The thing is, it doesn’t say anything about that, except that, well, it’s bad. Which it is, but that’s the obvious thing. It doesn’t say anything more about it, nothing about personal impact.
Since it’s hard to critique this movie in a vacuum, let’s compare it to The Big Short, shall we? There are some similarities; both discuss recent happenings, and both are about a group of people looking into it and are proven right. In Short this is about finance people who saw the housing crash coming and invested on it happening (and they’re right).
Now, Short has an excellent moment when the main characters are finally proven right when the housing market crashes. But rather than just letting it be a victory, the movie turns it tragic when the protagonists realize just what it means. Yes, they’re rich, but the economy is screwed over. It’s not sad just because we know what it means, but it’s sad because the characters realize exactly what their predictions mean.
Conversely, Spotlight has no stakes: the coverup is never made personal. The abuse victims who step forward are supporting characters, plot devices with some great moments, but we aren’t really invested in them. As for the main characters? They’re all lapsed Catholics, which is touched on in one quick scene and never comes up again. The closest we get is when Sacha Pfeiffer mentions that she can’t go to Mass with her grandmother anymore. But we don’t see how the revelations about the Church has affected their relationship (as Sacha only goes to church because of her grandmother). Imagine if we’d been invested in Sacha and her grandmother and we’d seen the rift Sacha’s pursuit of the coverup created between them.
As the movie is, there’s precious little conflict in the film. The Spotlight team never argue amongst themselves and there’s no debate at the newspaper if they should continue pouring all their time into this story. Furthermore, for all the talk of the influence of the Catholic Church on Boston, they don’t really get in the way of the team at all. We’re told that there’s a coverup — and we’re even shown it happening in the first scene — but beyond that the Church doesn’t take an active role in stopping the uncovering. Thus the Spotlight team carries on their investigation without any major obstacles and with little personal/non-professional investment.
All this could be done well enough, but the thing is Spotlight doesn’t spend time unpacking what the cover up really means. Yes, it’s bad, but so what? The movie doesn’t go any further than the first thought. Herein is Spotlight’s biggest flaw: it’s obvious, safe. It’s a good portrayal of investigative journalism, but doesn’t do much to explore just how important it is. Say that covering up child abuse is bad, but don’t get personal with it. Have all the potentiality for negative fallout should the piece go to print, but instead have them getting it published be a plain, obvious, victory. Use ominous piano music to remind us that this is serious.
Now, much of my dissatisfaction with Spotlight stems with my own expectations. Having followed the more recent spate of news concerning the Catholic Church covering up child abuse, I was expecting a movie that really got into it, really explored the corruption and awfulness; I wanted a movie that stressed how much of a fight it was to get this to light. That Spotlight played it so safe was disappointing. So much more could have been done with what they had that the movie can’t help but to end up being a bit of a let down.
It feels like only yesterday when I first had access to my blog during one of BZP's anniversary weeks. I thought it was so cool to have it back then. I still think its cool even though I'm a Premier Member now. I've really enjoyed having a place to post my thoughts on movies, thoughts on video game and movie trailers, random questions, and post about some crazy things I've either seen myself or read online.
Here's to another two hundred hopefully interesting entries!
I've actually been to the printing shop in town and ordered the shirts that will be printed on. So we can get that out of the way.
And that's about it. Sorry if this post is lack luster. It's 3:30 am. Leave me alone! D:
Have a lovely day.
As mention in my last few entries, I have a bunch of BZPower shirts that I brought from Brappy Hour's leftover shirts lot awhile back (Like two or so years ago, to be exact. XD). And well, I figure its about time that I put them up for grabs for you folks that miss out on them or just couldn't afford them at the time, etc.
So yeah, here's the list of shirts up for grabs:
- 6 Small 2012 BZP Shirts
The shirts are free and there is no charge for shipping (I will also ship overseas if needed.).
Also I did not create these shirts (Brappy Hour did and is currently creating a Piraka theme shirt for this year's BrickFair VA) and I cannot recreate them, so what you see above is all I have.
So if you are interest in one of these shirts, please leave a comment to let me know which one and what size.
That's about it. Oh, wait, I almost forgot to mention this... If I still I have shirts leftover by July 4th, I will closed this blog entry and drop off whatever leftover to a nearby Purple Heart station, so you have till July 4th to claim one of these shirts.
Okay, that's all I got to say for this entry. Once again, if you want one of the shirts, please leave a comment letting me know which one and what size. Oh, and thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope you all have a great day. Talk to you later, BZPers.
- JMJ 2016
That was wild.
I was asked to repair and fix up two computers, both of which are rather fast and good machines once they were fixed. The lady then asked which one was better, so I let her know, and she gave me the slower one as payment.
Not complaining, I needed a good gaming machine....
EDIT: Bumping this entry. If you're going to be at Brickfair VA this year and want to contribute, claim a piece. If you're Black Six or danny316p, feel free to claim a second piece. By next week, I figure I'll be making the rest of the unclaimed pieces, and want to give everybody a chance to order additional parts if need be. Thanks!
Piece 1: Unclaimed
Piece 2: Unclaimed
Piece 3: Black Six
Piece 4: danny316p
Piece 5: Unclaimed
Piece 6: Unclaimed
Piece 7: Unclaimed
Piece 8: Reserved for a friend
Piece 9: Unclaimed
Colors Used (Bricklink names)
Basics: Black, Dark Bluish Gray, Light Bluish Gray, White
Background: Lime, Classic Green, Dark Green
Gold Masks: Yellow, Orange, Tan, Dark Tan, Reddish Brown
Violet Armor: Dark Purple, Medium Lavender, Dark Blue, Blue
Eyes: Medium Blue. (Maybe stacked plates with trans blue on top of white for a different coloring affect.)
We'll go with our usual standards: Use bricks or 3 stacked plates, solid studs up (no brick studs with holes). We'll use the newer shades of grays and brown. This is intended primarily for BrickFair Virginia; if enough members want to keep it on the convention circuit, we can decide that at a later date.
If you're interested, claim the section you'd want. We have a couple of months before BrickFair, so this should give you enough time to make a parts order if you need to. (I can provide inventory lists in requested.) Ideally, I'd like at least five sections claimed. (I could fill out the other four sections; I think my brick supply can support that. At the very least, I expect to grab a couple of the ones with a lot of purple.) If you do claim, please do your best to make it, and if you have to back out, give me plenty of notice to find a replacement. (Like, seriously, giving me less than a week will put me at a rush to get all my parts together...)
Feel free to ask any questions about the design or the process... we have a lot of experiences folks who've helped before. (But major design changes will probably be resisted... since I kinda already published it.)
Anyway... yeah, here it is. Now to see if we can make this one a reality too.
the steam summer sale has begun
spend money on excessive amounts of games
relish in the fact that some companies decided to put games they just released on 40% sales. good job with that on DOOM, bethesda.
or be me and not buy anything because your computer can't run it.
My co-workers seem nice. I spent part of the day getting pizza with some of them. Though there was one guy who did make a gay joke in poor taste. Being the shy idiot I am who doesn't want to stir up drama, I didn't say anything. If it happens again I'll try to mention those jokes bother me and ask him to hold off on them around me.
So the weather has cleared up recently. I even went hiking a couple times. I got a bunch of great pictures too. Though pictures of the mountains hardly compare to seeing them in person. If only I were a better artist I might be able to capture what they really look like...
My job is going well. While I'm an assistant baker right now I'm probably going to be the lead baker soon. Due to certain circumstances our previous lead baker is no longer here and I'm the only one remaining with special training and experience. Basically it will look very good on a resume if I can make this work.
Other than that I do miss my cats and I boop pictures of them on my phone. I've been reading A Wolf Called Romeo which is a pretty sad and yet enchanting story thus far. I've also been reading Brothers Grimm fairy tales because I'm a dork about those stories.
Overall though I've been feeling happier than I've felt in a long time. It's good to be working again and I'm in a really beautiful place with friendly people. I really can't complain too much.
Prior to being discovered inside a TOTEM THING ominously position on the far side of flowing lava, it was not known where the MASK OF LIGHT was or why it was there, because as wise as the TURAGA are, they surely wouldn't put in a place that could have ended up with SOMEONE DYING, because that is IRRESPONSIBLE, and the TURAGA and JALLER lecture TAKUA on his IRRESPONSIBILITY multiple times throughout the film. Furthermore, it was completely unguarded, which would let the antagonist, MAKUTA; also known as Teridax, Terrible Pterodactyls, and on one occasion Maximum Operation System Version Unknown Would you like To Upgrade to MaxilOS 10 for Free Today or Tonight; easily recover the MASK OF LIGHT, which is what he wants to do because LIGHT is the antithesis of SHADOW or something. Thus, the TURAGA cannot have placed the MASK OF LIGHT on the TOTEM THING. The question: who placed it there?
Thus I present to you: in all of GENERATION ONE BIONICLE, but not GENERATION TWO BIONICLE or HERONICLE FACTORONICLE, there are only three beings that could have placed the MASK OF LIGHT in the TOTEM THING. We will go through them now. The first candidate is VEZON. VEZON is an 'insane' skakdi clone of VEZOK who is surprisingly lucid for an insane person with surprisingly coherent thoughts, and eventually had an OLMAK, MASK OF DIMENSIONAL GATES fused to their face, not to be confused with our neighbour OL' MAC. However, for answers, we must look to the past: in the past, answers were found using homonyms and homophones. And what is OLMAK? A homophone of OL' MAC'. OL' MAC, for reference, is a SCOUNDREL who STOLE MY CREATIVITY. Thus it is not a stretch to assume that, at some point, VEZON was fused with OL' MAC via the power of plot convenience, as was wont to happen with VEZON in GENERATION ONE BIONICLE. After such an event, it is likely VEZON inherited the SCOUNDRELNESS of OL' MAC, OL' MAC being a quarter of VEZON now. Thus, it can be inferred that VEZON stole the MASK OF LIGHT and placed it in the TOTEM THING. But there's a problem: there is no TIME TRAVEL, as VEZON came about after this.
So we move on to candidate two: TREN KROM. TREN KROM is an unknowable giant thing that is a thing that does stuff out of plot convenience, made from the same PNA (Plotribonucleic Acid) as VEZON, and was able to switch bodies with LEWA, the GENERATION ONE BIONICLE edition due to its shared properties with VEZON. It is also important to note the existence of the TREN KROM PENINSULA, which is named after TREN KROM, which was once CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. From this we can surmise that the TREN KROM PENINSULA is secretly part of TREN KROM, and when discovered, spoke to the sky that it was TREN KROM, and from that we can surmise further than TREN KROM switched bodies with someone like LEWA or POHATU, stole the MASK OF LIGHT, and placed it in a TOTEM THING. However, one must note that TREN KROM was occupied developing its web browser, TROOGLE KROME (available on the SpherusNet now!) for most of its life.
Now we introduce you all to candidate three: UMARAK THE HUNTER. UMARAK is a shadow hunter from the rich jungles of OKOTO, and enjoys torturing legendary creatures with these weird-looking traps, but more importantly, seeks a MASK. Now, you may be yelling at me, telling me that UMARAK THE HUNTER is a GENERATION TWO BIONICLE character. However, I'd like to take a moment to give you undeniable proof of Umarak being a GENERATION ONE BIONICLE character too: if you pause the comic BIONICLE IGNITION HEROES CHRONICLES 4: TALES OF THE HORDIKA at exactly 109:53:61, you will see a bunch of blurry horns on the edge of the ILLUSTRATION in the GAME. Furthermore, all those deaths you experienced in BIONICLE: THE GAME because you thought you messed up? No, that was UMARAK hiding the SHADOWS, because UMARAK is a SHADOW HUNTER. As mentioned before, UMARAK is looking for MASKS, specifically, the MASK OF CONTROL. It is possible, that in his multi-generational search, he came across the MASK OF LIGHT, and placed it in a unique TOTEM SHADOW TRAP, then went off to look for the MASK OF CONTROL instead.
However, you may be thinking, 'None of these are good enough! None of these make sense'! So I say, why do they have to make sense... on their own? What if it was a TEAM EFFORT? GENERATION ONE BIONICLE, after all, was all about UNITY, and who says VILLAINOUS PEOPLES can't use UNITY? That VEZON-OL'MAC, TREN KROM, and UMARAK teamed up in an effort to retrieve the MASK OF LIGHT and place it somewhere else in a heist movie? What if someone was to make that movie, profiting off of real events? What if they left it there because, disappointingly, it was a glorified torch left on a porch that you could wear on your face to protect yourselves from being bashed by a mace?
Thus, we learn why the MASK OF LIGHT was WHERE IT WAS.
The next mystery? When the movie PLOT CONVENIENCE VERSUS UMARAK: YAWN OF DARKNESS releases.
Definitely not sponsored by the upcoming movie PLOT CONVENIENCE VERSUS UMARAK: YAWN OF DARKNESS.
Mystery Solved: Location of Key To Nongu found
52 awesome ways to get your light drained - 38 is ABSOLUTELY GRUESOME
Agori Hate Him!: This Iconox Trainer figured out how to train Skrall with this ONE TRAITOROUS TRICK
Amazing: These six Skakdi turned a backwater island into a manufacturing paradise
Conspiracy: Is Velika really one of us? Possibly Matoro?
Hilarious: Skull Skeletons attempting to dance
36 facts the Great Beings don't want YOU to know - 19 is POSITIVELY SHOCKING
Boo: Hero Factory increasing production of Heroes despite all-time Villain low
Opinion: Teridax was misunderstood
Mystery Solved: What the Key To Nongu Unlocks
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Little bit of a catch-up from basically all of 2016..
I've been super duper busy being a human bean out there in the world, schoolin' and workin', messing up terribly and learning from my mistakes but also trying new things and finding a lot of good out there in the world. I'm entering my final year of college, so I've begun working on my thesis film this summer! What a doozy this project is gonna be. Contrary to everything I thought I knew about myself, it ended up not being about robots, or space, or magical robots in space (though it was a pretty close call!).
I forget how strict the blog guidelines are about the whole no religion/politics on BZP rule, so I'll be very broad about it. I've been getting much more involved in my religious community, and being more active in LGBTQ+ spaces and events. Last week I officially came out about my LGBTQ+ identity to everyone on facebook, so that's been big and very liberating. Recent tragedies that we've all heard about over the past few days, weeks, and months have been very hard on me, and slowly pushing me to be more vocal and active for the people and things I love.
I just got back from a big 5-6 week trip, so I'm finally going to be able to get back into my groove at home and get things done in the coming months! Looking forward to catching up on all the 2016 Bionicle stuff that I've completely missed out on, and hopefully pick up a few sets! All I've been able to do this year is watch Journey to One on Netflix and briefly skim the BZP Front Page news every week, and quickly peek into the blogs every now and again. I'm happy to see this place hasn't fallen apart without me I'd really like to get back to making fan content for Bionicle again, it's been far too long; it's such a passionate thing for me, I don't know how I forget about it most of the time but get so excited when I remember it again. Tohkann's animations from many years ago really inspired me as a kid, and now he's at it again, so I'm going to work on trying to find the time to relax and make fun Bionicle stuff while working on my film c:
Hopefully I'll be active on BZP again and find the time to get back into the swing of things here. I've missed you all while I was away, I really have! Hope everyone is doing well!
Coincidentally, the last possible day of exams next semester is in 150 days, whereby I will be done with school forever.
Either way, in 150 days, a world of dreams and adventures awaits!
But I was in a filming mood when I did this last night, so I made a short video detailing each piece:
Now, off to hunt for more!
I've played many a Spider-Man game, but this is the first I actually quit. The "story" was really boring, every level was pretty much the same (fight main villain, they run away, fight thugs, catch up with and fight the villain, they run away, fight more thugs, etc), and the combat didn't really seem fluid at all. This game seems to be getting a lot of praise, so is there something I'm missing?
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