Monday, July 28, 2008

Meet the Friedmans

Speaking of pedophiles, I just watched the documentary "Capturing the Friedmans" for the second time.

It's terrific!

You don't have to very tolerant of child molesters to feel something for this family. A father with a disorder he didn't fight hard enough; a son who, it appears, was wrongly accused of being part of a father-son child molesting tag team and a police force and DAs office willing to believe the most outlandish stories imaginable.

Perhaps the most sympathetic character in the whole film is the uncle who was molested by his older brother, (the father) when he was 8 years old. He still has no memory of it, but is gay today with no anger or resentment.

The least sympathetic, son David, the "Number one birthday clown in New York City."
That's one angry clown.

See it!


Anonymous r said...

Sounds like onea them Lib misplaced sympathies message movies.

July 28, 2008 at 11:59 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

where did you catch that, Gil? Is it running on one of the premium stations or did you rent it somewhere?

July 29, 2008 at 8:37 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...


Also on Spencerblog's recommended rental list is "The Aura." Check it out too.

July 29, 2008 at 8:41 AM 
Anonymous Bob said...

Spencerblog / Steve

Its been out on DVD for several yrs. now. Its a good watch, but quite bizarre. Another one you don't want to miss - "Crazy Love"

July 29, 2008 at 9:10 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Been there, seen that. "Crazy Love" is awesome. Boy does that guy get his just deserts.

Same director did "Ring of Fire." One of the more touching endings of any documentary I've ever seen.

Don't miss that one either.

July 29, 2008 at 1:16 PM 
Anonymous Bob said...


"Boy does that guy get his just deserts" LOL. The final scene. She's got a ring in his nose.
I'll check out Ring of Fire.

Again, thanks for the contact regarding the story about my son.

July 29, 2008 at 1:44 PM 
Anonymous r said...

Enough about your boy already, BB. Sheesh.

July 30, 2008 at 11:51 AM 
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