The Post

Lauren:  I am giving it “Ticket” and the previews have not finished.  

Dion: Oh, I gave it “Ticket” when we decided to see it.

This week we had the pleasure of Aziz Metzger joining us as a guest reviewer.  Aziz has a degree in Political Science and is our favorite political historian.  

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From Aziz Metzger:
“If we don’t hold them accountable, who will?”
This single line perfectly sums up the entire premise for the film “The Post”.  Freedom of the press to report the truth and act as a check against corruption and greed is one of the hallmarks of the United States of America. Steven Spielberg uses “The Post” to serve as a friendly reminder that the ongoing hot button issues of gender equality, and government corruption have always been an ongoing battle. With Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and “Better Call Saul’s” Bob Odenkirk leading the way I came in with the expectations that the acting would be top notch and they did not disappoint. While they largely delivered what is now expected great performances, I left the theatre feeling as if the movie could have provided more historical context and still achieve the goal of enlightening the audience. I’m a bit of a history buff so the constant references and scenes of the process of how newspapers were made back then could have been left on the cutting room floor.  “The Post” provides hope and is a subtle reminder that while times may seem bleak now, history is always kind to those who bring truth to power. 
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War has officially been declared by Hollywood and the Press against the current administration.  It is no accident in the 24-hour news cycle and ease of access to the news that the timing of this film is a very clear reminder to the public, the press, and government officials that our Founding Fathers were very clear on the role of a fair and free press.
The other clear message in the film is that representation matters.  Women belong in the boardroom, the corner office, and we stand a little taller when we see an image looking back at us that reflects what we see in the mirror.  Call it coincidence, call it purposeful, or call it controversial…this film will go down in film history. Even if Hanks, Streep, Odenkirk or Spielberg do not win a single award for this film, which they all should, they did their job.  Facts matter.  The truth matters.
Graham Bradlee
From the desk of Dr. Metzger: 
The Post”came in with all the ingredients. It had a top director, highly awarded actors and the political drama that couldn’t be more timely. I will admit that I walked in biased because I absolutely adore Tom Hanks (I’ve seen Forrest Gump more times than I would like to admit), Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg. However, “The Post kind of dragged at times and left many questions unanswered. It was like watching an All Star Game where you know the best coaches and players are in it but the game itself is a tad boring. You see Streep and Hanks make their layups as always where neither of their roles were actually a stretch for them. I say see it in the theatre to catch these two star in a film together (this is the first time) and the important message of the press being a vital part of our democracy. However with the 30+ year winning stats of Streep, Hanks and Spielberg, I expected more.
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“The Post” 

Directed by: Steven Speilberg

Starring:  Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes

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