Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The Post

Sunday morning before the Super Bowl, Sharon and I went to see The Post at the Palladio Luxe in Folsom. We have now seen eight of the nine films nominated for Best Picture.

The film was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best film of 2017 and was named as one of the top 10 films of the year by Time and the American Film Institute. At the 90th Academy Awards, The Post was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress for Streep. It also received six nominations at the 75th Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actress – Drama for Streep, Best Actor – Drama for Hanks, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.

The Post is a 2017 American political thriller film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg. It stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, with Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, and Matthew Rhys in supporting roles. Set in the early 1970s, The Post depicts the true story of The Washington Post journalists and their attempts to publish the classified Pentagon Papers which outlined the 30-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War.

As the movie was ending, Sharon said "that was better than I expected." The Post exceeded both of our expectations. I enjoyed the film and recommend it. Years ago, Sharon read Kathryn Graham's autobiography [Personal History]. I am curious if Meryl Streep's performance is an accurate portrayal of Graham. [Note to self], I need to read Graham's autobiography.

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