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Plot: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
Runtime: 116 mins Release Date: 12 Jan 2018
"The Post" arrives to remind us about the indispensable role of the press in a democracy, ours in this particular case. An historical fact that comes to illustrate the dangerous times we're living now. The story of The Pentagon Papers is not ancient history and yet people seem to have forgotten. Americans in their 20's don't know about it as they didn't know about the House Of UnAmerican Activities. Education is at the center of our future so thank you Steven Spielberg for contributing to the awakening. In "The Post" the economy of the retelling is part of <more>
its brilliance. Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee is not Jason Robards but a Hanks, profoundly human, version of the man and Meryl Streep - Oh Meryl Streep ! - gives life to a woman who was not used to be the center of attention. A daughter a wife never in charge. Her dilemma is the sort of dilemma that, artists, teachers, parents, often confront. Her process to arrive to her decision is immensely moving and real. One of the miracles that Meryl Streep manages to perform again and again is that one forgets that it is her a second after she appears on the screen. I know this is a film I see again and show to youngsters at every possible opportunity. Thank you for that.
Recovering Democracy of Expression:Criticising JFK is not a taboo since then! (by hilaryswank2011)
This film tells us what filmmaking can precisely reflect the social consciousness on the most politically important issue of the nation of today. It is a typical example of realist moviemaking. Although this film was taken place in Nixon ear during failed Vietnam war in early 1970s, this is for this Trump era. Trump is also dictating and clashing freedom of expression in media and individuals like Shinzo Abe's regime does to its domestic media. Spielberg is the legendary master of filmmaking and socially responsible to defend the democracy of United States of America in filmmaking. Where <more>
is Ang Lee? Could you do this kind of seriously disturbs authorities' film like Mr.Spielberg did? You can't! We know that, KMT. There are several features of this film, such as JFK was equally criticised as war maker among Nixon and predecessors who engaged covered actions to invade and destabilised other countries like South East Asian countries in this film mentioned. Criticising JFK is not a taboo since then. He was the one who conspired Bay of Pigs invasion by creating fake attack from North Vietnam. Michael Kahn's construction of a scene in dialogue is unique that it is to carefully hide camera which takes revers cut from opposite position at the end of reverse cutting. It is a typical mark of this scene construction in editing. This film's importance is that its defended and encouraged the media to have courage to criticise and monitor the government even under the threat from the dictatorship. Like the tag line said: ''protecting expression of freedom of publishing is to publish.'' The Washington Post CEO and its chief editor did in Nixon's era, that is all of us need today! Japan also needs it! Why no one makes films like this? Thank you, Mr.Spielberg! You are Mr.Hollywood! Great American artist!
Nothing subtle about the First Amendment either (by mikesilversteinusa)
The Post is a solid Hollywood retelling of the events surrounding the landmark Supreme Court case of New York Times v United States 1971 , in which the Nixon Administration sought to prevent publication of documents detailing the secret history of U-S involvement in French Indochina and Vietnam. Those classified documents - the so-called Pentagon Papers - made it clear that multiple administrations were untruthful with the American public about growing involvement in a land war in Southeast Asia. The New York Times had first access to the secret papers, and Neil Sheehan wrote a blockbuster <more>
front page series that rocked political Washington to its core. But after the first part was printed, the Nixon Justice Department went to court and got a federal judge to issue an injunction forbidding the Times from printing additional stories from the classified Pentagon Papers due to national security concerns. Times executives and reporters were threatened with possible criminal charges under the Espionage Act.The Washington Post played second fiddle at first. The Times had the story, and the Post was playing catch up, but with the Times stymied, Post staffers were all hands on deck trying to gain access to the Papers or find the source. Some of the Papers were literally dropped in their laps. "The Post" tells the story of how the Washington Post got the first sampling of documents, how they tracked down the source, how they got the Mother Lode of documents, and how Post publisher Katherine Graham faced the decision of whether or not to publish the documents at a time when the future - indeed the very survival - of her family's newspaper was very much in doubt. Having lived through this myself as a very young Washington reporter at the time, I can assure you that the movie accurately captures the high drama of those few decisive weeks. The First Amendment really did hang in the balance. And reporters really did face the very real possibility of going to jail.Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks co-star as Graham and Ben Bradlee, and they are perfect in their roles and even better in their chemistry. Katie Graham was the owner of the Post and she made the major decisions, but Ben ran the operations. Streep captures Graham's initial doubts, indecision, and her strong will. Hanks is just as solid in his portrayal of Bradlee, who may have been the day-to-day boss at the Post, but still had to take orders from Graham. I'm not sure if Streep or Hanks ever met Graham or Bradlee, but they seem to have known them. The on-screen interaction is as good as anything Hepburn and Tracy ever did, She's the strong woman, and he's never once emasculated. Meryl Streep is going to win the Oscar for Best Actress for three reasons. First, because she's that good and deserves it. Second, because she's Meryl Streep and she's always that good. And third, because the message of this movie is a message that resonates today. When Streep accepts the award, she should thank Donald Trump and the ghost of Richard Nixon for making it all possible. There are times when the script gets a little preachy, but that's probably because it's meant to be. It's all done in vivid colors, because there's nothing subtle about our First Amendment rights and freedoms. Not back then, and certainly not now. It may at times be a bit over the top, such as one scene when Graham is leaving the Courthouse and passes what seems to be an endless line of young women who are looking up to her in hope and admiration. While that rope line of young women was an obvious exaggeration, Graham was and remains an iconic and inspirational figure and, as one famous conservative once observed, extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Graham put herself, her fortune, and her sacred honor on the line in defense of freedom. This movie is meant to be a movie for our times, but it's a classic American tale. It's about a great metropolitan newspaper, and the fight for truth, justice, and the American way. It's about the values some of us still cling to. And high among the hierarchy of those values is that of a free people informed by a free press in an open marketplace of ideas.The message of this movie is as clear today as it was 46 years ago, in Justice Black's stirring opinion when the Supeme Court affirmed the right of the Times and Post to publish the Pentagon Papers."In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors."This is, indeed, a lesson for our times, and for all times.
Economic, specific, brilliant. That should be enough to sing the praises of a work of art but in "The Post" there is more. much more. We can't ignore the fact imposed by the historical moment we're living right now. The press under attack. Belittled, insulted but not ignored. No, never that. Steven Spielberg puts everything at the service of the story and the magic stroke is Meryl Streep. She creates a real life woman again, after Margaret Thatcher, Julia Childs, Lindy Chamberlain and once again she creates a fully fledged human being and this time she plays a woman without <more>
a known voice until she finds it and when she does, she uses it. I'm absolutely transfixed and moved very moved by her performance
Watch it for the love of your Country (by pntr-27553)
I would rate it as one of the best of 2017, and one of Spielberg's best in recent times. In this age of 'fake news' its a reminder of the part that the free press plays in a democracy. Oscar worthy performance from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.
The Truth Hurts (by leahwsch)
Which is why this movie is so controversial almost fifty years after the fact, and why you see so many reviews express hostility to the real life "Washington Post" rather than addressing the merits of the story, the acting, the message, etc. My wife and I lived through the Nixon years in Washington, and the story so well told here is of determined and fearless professionals unafraid to challenge assaults on our liberties. As with "Spotlight," who knew you could milk so much drama out of folks typing madly away or pawing through stacks of paper? Or that the mighty vibration <more>
of a huge printing press starting up could be so moving? Despite nits, this story rings true on so many levels, emotional, dramatic, personal, historical, and I can think of lots worse ways for modern audiences to get an advanced education on the role of a Free press in a democracy.
a true story showing why the media is despised by despots (by CineMuseFilms)
The term 'fourth estate' was coined in 1841 by philosopher Thomas Carlyle when he said that the Reporter's Gallery was far more important than the 'three estates' of parliament. This titbit of history tells us the battle lines over 'fake news' are as old as 'the press' itself. It is also the context for The Post 2017 , a dramatic thriller and civics lesson about the media's role in checking government power. The Post shows why the media is despised by despots and is thus essential viewing for anyone wanting to better understand today's shambolic <more>
attacks on the media. The facts of the story became world news. By the mid-1960s, most Americans were losing faith in the nation's prospects of an honourable conclusion to three decades of conflict in Vietnam. While various Presidents told Americans that success was assured, the top-secret Pentagon Papers revealed that national policy was based on a litany of lies. Former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg notoriously leaked the Papers to the New York Times, but publication was suppressed by court order. The rival Washington Post acquired a copy and had to decide whether to publish and risk the paper's future, or not publish and lose the respect of its journalists.A dramatic high-tension wire is strung between Post heiress and socialite Katherine Graham Meryl Streep and her hard-core news editor Ben Bradlee Tom Hanks . They are polar opposites: she is a darling of the establishment, uncertain of her ability and fearful of losing not only the business but her social standing. Bradlee is a truth-seeking journalist who mistrusts lawyers and would publish at any cost. Described as "the most highly classified documents of the war", the President commands an army of lawyers threatening Armageddon if the paper goes to print. The film's period set design is brilliant: the reporter's room is a galley of buzzing typewriters and the printing press a mechanical maze of oiled steel grinding out papers in a frantic atmosphere of unrelenting deadlines. Against this background, the pre-feminist newspaper owner must make a decision that could bring down a President. When the choice is made, the Post must then face presidential retaliation via the Supreme Court. This story requires no narrative embellishment, nor does it need dramatic performances to convey the high-stakes of an extraordinary moment. The casting of stars and support is excellent. Streep and Hanks give their most understated performances of recent times; no other contemporary actors could have filled these roles with their authority and authenticity. Spielberg's direction keeps the events unfolding at a brisk pace to leverage the tension curve upwards while sticking close to the facts. This is masterful storytelling based on an important event that resonates into the modern era.
Steven Spielberg returns to top-form with 'The Post'. This courageous & rousing true-story on the quest of The Washington Post & co., who used the power of Freedom Of Speech & went against the government and exposed a shocking truth, remains as timely as it was during the administration of Richard Nixon and now with Donald Trump. Its a timely film, that never forgets to entertain, despite its strong theme of democracy. 'The Post' depicts journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published the Pentagon Papers regarding the involvement of the <more>
United States government during the Vietnam War.Spielberg has made a chase film with journalists. We watch the Team of The Washington Post go at it & their journey to uncover & publish the truth, will you you engrossed & captivated. With an outstanding ensemble cast who bring in their A-Game here, Spielberg edges out a historical political-thriller, with huge success. This is a relentless, courageous film, that has its pulse rising each moment & watching its HEROES uncover the truth & going against the government with force. 'The Post' is truly about informing the people about the truth & how the ones we lose at the war ground, are at times sacrificed in the name of cover-ups and heartless politics. Its truly a film punches you hard! Liz Hannah & Josh Singer's Screenplay is first-rate. Its gripping & sharp, never giving you chance to look away from the screen or the truth. Spielberg's Direction is terrific. The Legendary Oscar-Winning Director is in peak form, delivering one of his finest films in years. He commands the film with an urgency, that is much required here. He deserves some Oscar buzz for sure. Janusz Kaminski's Cinematography is fantastic. The lensman has captured the urgency of the narrative, to perfection. Michael Kahn & Sarah Broshar's Editing is razor-crisp. Art & Costume Design are top-notch. John Williams' Score is good, as always.Now coming to the performances! Meryl Streep as Kay Graham & Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, are in superb from. Streep is wonderfully restrained in her portrayal of a woman facing chauvinism, despite being in power. The legend sinks her teeth into the part & brings it out with flying colors. Hanks is flat-out-fabulous, enacting the part of a man in search of exposing the truth. Hanks is heroic all through. Of the rest of the terrific cast, Bob Odenkirk as Ben Bagdikian, Bradley Whitford as Arthur Parsons, Bruce Greenwood as Robert McNamara, Tracy Letts as Fritz Beebe, David Cross as Howard Simons, Michael Stuhlbarg as Abe Rosenthal & Carrie Coon as Meg Greenfield, stand out.On the whole, 'The Post' is a winner all the way. This is a timely film, that needs to be watched, that including the ego-maniac sitting in the White House. Strongly Recommended!
Greetings again from the darkness. It's the first time a movie marquee has read "Spielberg-Streep-Hanks", so expectations are sky high - and rightly so. The result is level of cinematic preciseness we don't often see. As an added bonus, it also features both historical and contemporary relevance - the type of relevance that forces us to consider where we stand and what type of society we prefer. So for the price of a ticket, we get Hollywood star power, a history lesson, and current societal commentary ... now that's a holiday bargain!Meryl Streep stars as Katharine Kay <more>
Graham, the first female publisher of a major U.S. newspaper, and she delivers her most nuanced performance in years ... that of a conflicted woman coming to grips with her immense power at a time when many men believed she lacked the capacity for making such far-reaching and weighty decisions. Tom Hanks slides into the loafers of Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor of Ms. Graham's newspaper, The Washington Post. The role fits Hanks like a glove, and he even brandishes Bradlee's trademark growling speech pattern. Bradlee is laser-focused on what he believes is the right thing to do, and steadfast in his commitment to the cause.Of course, the dilemma faced by these two involved the Pentagon Papers scandal of 1971. The film kicks off with a quick timeline of the political maneuverings that led to, and escalated, the Vietnam War. When Daniel Ellsberg Matthew Rhys leaked documents from the Defense Department's study on decision-making during the Vietnam War, and the New York Times published some of the pages, the ramifications were numerous and the fallout was ugly. The complicated web of deceit and bad decisions spanned 5 Presidential administrations Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon . It became obvious that those in power continued a war they knew we couldn't win. The cover-up was widespread and the string of lies were delivered by many. The government lost the people's faith, and then tried to crush the free press that had exposed its dirty secrets.It's only been a couple of years since SPOTLIGHT won the Oscar for Best Picture, and now that film's Oscar winning writer Josh Singer teams with Liz Hannah on a script that is elevated by an extraordinary cast and crew. We get the real feel of the organized chaos of a newsroom, and it's a thing of beauty. The clacking of typewriters, exuberant phone conversations, and a cloud of cigarette smoke all blend to create the fabric of an institution designed and intended to deliver the truth. As with all things, it's never quite so simple. We learn of the historical collusion between press and politics, as reporters and editors comingled with politicians, only to draw the line when deemed necessary. Both sides have flaws, yet as citizens, we simply can't tolerate the government manipulating and even quashing the free press - a free press designed to protect the governed, not those that govern per the Supreme Court decision .Spielberg has delivered a master class of ethics vs legalities vs political power, touching on not just the responsibilities of all parties, but most crucially on the conflicting objectives of a free press making money and the government system getting elected it is charged with holding accountable. Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski two time Oscar winner, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SCHINDLER'S LIST captures the authenticity of the newsroom, the intimacy of private discussions, and the fascinating look back at typesetting machines and a newspaper delivery system that silently forces us to recognize the power of today's internet.As you would expect, the supporting cast is remarkable and deep. Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood as Robert McNamara , Alison Brie Kay's daughter , Carrie Coon reporter Meg Greenfield , Sarah Paulson as Bradlee's wife , Jesse Plemons attorney Roger Clark , and Michael Stuhlbarg as NY Times publisher Abe Rosenthal all bring realism to their roles. Two particular standouts are Tracy Letts Ms. Coon's real life husband as Kay Graham's trusted advisor Fritz Beebe, and Bob Odenkirk as The Post reporter Ben Bagdikian who meets with Ellsberg. Gender inequality of the era is front and center for many scenes - sometimes even a bit too showy or distracting. The prime example is the scene where Ms. Graham is leaving the Supreme Court through a sea of silently admiring women - an unbelievably disproportionate crowd make-up. The gender point is made clearly through the position of Kay Graham and her actions, and no further proverbial slaps upside the head were required for the audience to "get it". A rare Hindenburg joke is tossed in, and Bradlee is referred to as a pirate ... two attempts to lighten the mood on a story that deserves serious attention. Composer John Williams' score is never over the top, and perfectly complements the various conversations throughout. The film is quite clearly meant to impress how history repeats itself those in power believing they are above all, while the free press tries to expose the abuses. It also makes the point that we as citizens must remain vigilant in our pursuit of the truth, as all sides have an agenda ... sometimes it's as complicated as covering up bad decisions, while other times it's as simple as driving up the stock price. With its cliffhanger ending, Spielberg's film could be viewed as a prequel to the fantastic 1976 film ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, and that's pretty lofty company.