Song of the Day #4,207: ‘Dear God’ – Lawless

Best Movies of the 2010s
#16 – Spotlight (2015)

Of the nine movies so far to win the Best Picture Oscar during the 2010s, only one made my list of the Top 20 films of the decade (that could change depending on how this year’s Academy Awards turn out).

The Oscars got it right by crowning Spotlight, directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, a depiction of the Boston Globe investigative team’s landmark work uncovering systemic child abuse by priests.

Procedural issue movies like this one aren’t often artistic triumphs, but McCarthy does a splendid job turning a series of conversations into gripping cinema. The movie is appropriately solemn and righteous, but still grips you like any great yarn.

McCarthy also crafted the best movie I’ve ever seen about journalism — one that captures not just the look and feel of a newsroom meeting, the schlubby wardrobes and love of retirement party cake, but the quiet majesty in piecing together a momentous narrative through hours of dogged research and legwork.

Spotlight came out a year before Donald Trump was elected and began dismissing the press as the “enemy of the people.” This film should be required viewing (or re-viewing) for every American four years later, lest we forget whose side the media is really on.

[Verse 1]
Dear God
I hope you get the letter and
I pray you can make it better down here
I don’t need a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image
See them starving on their feet
‘Cause they don’t get enough to eat from God

[Pre-Chorus]
I can’t believe in you

[Verse 2]
Dear God
Sorry to disturb you, but
I feel that I should be heard loud and clear
We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
And all the people that you made in your image
See them fighting in the street
‘Cause they can’t make opinions meet about God

[Pre-Chorus]
I can’t believe in you

[Verse 3]
Dear God
I don’t know if you noticed but
Your name is on a lot of quotes in this book
And us, crazy humans wrote it. You should take a look
And all the people that you made in your image
Still believing that junk is true
Well I know it ain’t and so do you

[Pre-Chorus]
Dear God
I can’t believe in, I don’t believe in

[Verse 4]
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Is just somebody’s unholy hoax
And if you’re up there you’ll perceive
That my heart’s here upon my sleeve
And if there’s one thing I don’t believe in

[Outro]
It’s you, dear God

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,207: ‘Dear God’ – Lawless

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m with you on this one. Great film. Well deserving of the accolades and Best Picture award, and it should be required viewing for the hordes that lambast or dismiss the “MSM” as they like to disparagingly refer to it.

  2. Peg says:

    I totally agree! Love this movie

  3. Amy says:

    Initially surprised to see this film on your list, as, yes, these type of procedural films tend not to age as well in terms of their cinematic achievement as their compelling narratives. I should watch this one again, as I did very much love it at the time.

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