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Why We Love Movies Full of Paper Like ‘The Report’

What is it about those films that makes files, folders, and legal pads sort of sexy?

“The Report.” Credit: Amazon Studios

TThere is a particular scene in the movie Spotlight that is catnip for journalists, investigators, lawyers, and other research-happy nitpickers. It has to do with paperwork.

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Sarah Begley

Sarah Begley

Director at Medium working with authors and books. Formerly a staff writer and editor at Time.