Tom Doyle Reviews Spotlight

One fall morning in 2001 I was sitting with Dick Sipe in a hotel coffee shop in Oklahoma City. We were both there for depositions in a case in which we were both expert witnesses. Not long after we sat down Dick asked me “Have you talked to Mike Rezendes yet?” I told him I hadn’t and what’s more, I didn’t know who he was. Dick proceeded to tell me that Mike was an investigative reporter with the Boston Globe and had been talking to him for information on clergy abuse cover-up in the Archdiocese of Boston. “I gave him Read More …

Movie of the Week: Gold Stars for Woman in Gold

Lawyers know the case as Republic of Austria v. Altmann, which revolves around a very dry and technical issue, namely whether the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) applies retroactively. In a 6-3 decision in 2004, the Supreme Court ruled that the FSIA does apply retroactively. The context was a lawsuit by Maria Altmann, whose beautiful aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, is the woman in gold pictured in this artwork by Gustav Klimt. Nazis stole the picture from Altmann’s family during World War II; after the war it hung in an Austrian art gallery until Altmann sued for its return. The Court’s interpretation Read More …

God Only Knows…..You Should See Love & Mercy

Summer is the perfect time to think about the beach…and the Beach Boys. Love & Mercy gives you the opportunity to do both. Love & Mercy tells the story of Brian Wilson, the brilliant and troubled musician who first gave the Beach Boys their California sound, and then, not content to rest on his laurels, pushed beyond that accomplishment to produce Pet Sounds, which may be the greatest album of all time. The movie shows Wilson descending into mental illness as he tries to reproduce the musical voices in his head. Wilson spends huge amounts of time with the members of Read More …