I’ll admit it. I started crying the first time I saw Tom Hanks’ Ben Bradlee walk through a bustling, thriving newsroom in The Post, and I’m pretty sure that's what Steven Spielberg wanted. Countless films have shown crowded newsrooms in the past, but Spielberg makes sure that this one is extra busy and loud — that the clicking and clacking and shouting on the soundtrack, the reporters and editors working away or striding about, conjure not just a particular time and place, but a whole world that’s been lost. Today, a healthy newspaper office might as well be an Old West town out of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, and the director clearly knows it.In fact, “Once upon a time” might have been a good way to start this movie. The Post follows those heady days in 1971 when former Defense Department official Daniel Ellsberg (played here by The Americans’ Matthew Rhys) leaked the Pentagon Papers, a massive, top secret … [Read more...] about Spielberg’s The Post Weaponizes Nostalgia — for Good
TAMPA, Florida (KTRK) -- Nudists near Tampa, Florida are mad they will have to wear clothes in order to get their mail delivered.They say they haven't been able to get their packages for months, if one particular mail carrier is working. "There's a postal creed and it doesn't say anything about them not coming to nudist resorts. I pay for a service, I expect that service," said one nudist.The post office says the carrier is doing nothing wrong. If she's uncomfortable, she doesn't have to deliver the mail. The nudists say if she can't do her job, she shouldn't have the job. … [Read more...] about Rain, nor sleet, nor snow will stop the post office but nudity might
Combined, award-winning actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks have appeared in more than 100 films, but "The Post" marks the first time the two are on screen together. The timely tale features Streep as Katharine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post, and Hanks as legendary editor Ben Bradlee during the paper's famous and difficult decision to publish top secret government information about the Vietnam War from the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Streep and Hanks, who both received Golden Globe nominations for their performances, joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss the eerie relevance of the film's themes today and the evolution of Katharine Graham's leadership in journalism – an industry largely dominated by men. "It was 1971. It's when you wouldn't be in front of the camera, you wouldn't be in – it was a world of men really," Streep said to "CBS This Morning" co-hosts Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King. "I remember what a big deal it was when Barbara Walters broke on to the … [Read more...] about Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks on the timely themes in “The Post”
Warning: contains spoilers Having clawed its way to a $300 million-plus box office opening, Black Panther has surely confirmed its status as the cat’s pyjamas of comic book adaptations. But has director Ryan Coogler succeeded in his wider mission to give us a costumed crimefighter fit for the troubled times in which he emerges? And how effectively does the movie set up Avengers: Infinity War, the gang’s-all-here superhero smörgåsbord arriving in April? Grab the nearest chunk of Vibranium and hold tight as we grapple with the big questions raised by Marvel's latest smash: How did T’Challa become Black Panther prior to the death of his father? In Captain America: Civil War, it is implied the future King of Wakanda (Chadwick Boseman) has already inherited the Black Panther mantle of feline guardian of the hidden African wonderland. But in Coogler’s movie it is made explicit that the role is passed down through the royal bloodline – and … [Read more...] about Black Panther spoilers: where next for T’Challa? And what do the post-credits scenes mean?
Just watched HBO’s terrific documentary on the Borg-McEnroe rivalry, which got me thinking, and that is always going to lead to some typing… The program makes a searing point in the final chapter: After dueling so memorably, both Hall of Fame tennis players took breaks from the game at or near their presumed peak of their careers. And neither won a major after turning 26. Borg left the game at age 26 (with a younger McEnroe breathing down his neck) and that was it, except for a fizzled comeback 10 years later. McEnroe took a leave of absence a few years later (with a slightly younger Ivan Lendl hammering at him), at a similar age, and never was the same. And this leads us to Tiger Woods, his injuries, and his absence from the U.S. Open at Congressional this week–his first U.S. Open miss in 17 years. Hmm. It takes a fateful combination of talent, focus and will to dominate the game, and I don’t think Woods has it any more–the way … [Read more...] about It’s the official beginning of the post-Tiger Woods era