The Post

2017

Action / Biography / Drama / History / Thriller

706
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 140179

Synopsis


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April 08, 2018 at 08:29 AM

Cast

Bob Odenkirk as Ben Bagdikian
Bradley Whitford as Arthur Parsons
Meryl Streep as Kay Graham
Sarah Paulson as Tony Bradlee
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995.66 MB
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English 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
1 hr 56 min
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1.86 GB
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English 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
1 hr 56 min
P/S 7 / 71

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Instant_Palmer 9 / 10

Democracy Dies In Darkness

I have always been a sucker for a good newspaper film, and 'The Post' is one of the best.

Living in the D.C. area since 1987, The Post has been a fixture in my life.

Being a moderate Republican married for 25 years into a family whose business is being elected every two years to the U.S. Congresss, I was privelaged to have a front row seat and sometimes a back stage pass to talk with Congressional leaders and 4 U.S. Presidents.

In addition, I sat in on occasional press conferences, interviews, and off the record discussions.

In my own business, I have been interviewed multiple times by the WP as a SME on business matters.

I haven't always agreed with the Post's political editorial opinions, and I can attest first hand that reporters attempt to get the story right, but don't always quote verbatim when the subject matter is not of national security or similar level of importance.

Newspapers still operate on a journalistic level in fact checking and verification - there are rare exceptions and those are likely discovered at some point, so imo the esssence of newspaper journalism as it's taught in school is still alive and kicking...Television and tabloid journalism on the other hand has for the most part, become an entertainment industry and is devoid of such checks and balances as two source verifications, etc. It has become an opinion editorial broadcast to a great degree. It's what brings in the advertising dollars - big bucks.

PBS News Hour's Judy Woodruff and the late/great Jim Lehrer are perhaps the last TV journalist/news anchors to avoid coloring and opining their broadcasts, leaving the op ed element to panel opinion discussions where it belongs.

That all being said, The Post is a throw back to the days when journalists were still driven by standards and ethics. What they taught in journalism school was to a great degree being manifested in the newspaper rooms.

Katherine Graham inherited the paper and with Ben Bradley (the "pirate") running the operation, has a decision to make on running a story on the Rand Corporation/Pentagon 20-year ongoing research program of the viability of involvement in SE Asia, and U.S. chances of winning the Vietnam War.

Top secret documents are involved and the right for newspapers to report on such leaked documents, showing that every President from Truman to Nixon knew that it would be, and was a war we could never win.

Spielberg does a very good job of bringing the drama of this and the decision Graham must make to publish even at the risk of putting the then barely solvent paper out of business and those involved into jail.

Her place as a woman who inherited this three generation family business that operates in the men's club of newspaper journalism is obviously the back story and Streep plays it totally low key and true to Graham's sense of the moment and transformation evolving by necessity from her insider Washingtonian socialite origins, to the power inherent in being Owner of a publishing center-of-influence that requires "making the tough decisions" (and despite those decisions sometimes being in disagreement with the paper's long-time male executive team and trusted advisors).

As always a great performance by Streep, as was Hanks 'and the entire cast - Spielberg's ability to communicate what he envisions and needs from the actor in each scene, backed by his intuitive directing style, brings out actors' best instincts - it always has.

Spielberg holds nothing back in tapping into his deep refined set of film making skills, tapping his influences Hitchcock and Bergman in camera work and scene structure. It is a true work of art we are witnessing in 'The Post'. Like Streep, Spielberg is held to a higher standard than today's mere mortal film makers. This means he is unlikely to take home hardware, but this film could easily win best everything if it wasn't for his stature.

Was it good enough for the elite actors and director to win Oscars in a great year for film? Maybe, but I think Chastain or Robbie for Lead Actress, Oldman for Lead Actor, Plummer for Supporting Actor and Janney for Supporting actress take the hardware home.

Haven't screened Phantom Thread yet by the way - that could change things.

Should you see this movie? ABSOLUTELY! Of course, I LOVE newspaper movies! And this is a very good one. Not up to "Spotlight" (best ever newspaper film), but equal to 'All the President's Men" - it's a very good movie with a share of thrilling moments mixed into it's successful mission to capture the moment when a local newspaper became an influential national paper, with a then unheard of woman as it's Admiral making the toughest of business and journalistic decisions, and a pirate as its Captain to pull it off.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"Catastrophic events do occur, you know."

I'd bet dollars to a whole bunch of doughnuts that not many people watching this film today are aware that the history of the Vietnam War precedes the presidency of Richard Nixon by four prior administrations, dating all the way back to Harry Truman. Nixon gets most of the blame of course, for the country's failure in Vietnam, somewhat undeservedly, whereas he does shoulder all of it for the break-in at the Watergate Hotel. Perhaps the title of this picture might better have been 'The Pentagon Papers', with the Washington Post playing it's role, but it was Katherine Graham's newspaper, and as portrayed by Meryl Streep, Graham's stewardship required the requisite amount of diplomacy and resolve. I thought her confrontation with Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) over his relationship with the Kennedys while JFK was in office was quite remarkable, knowing that as President, he did get a pass on all of his extracurricular activities.

What this film probably does best is bring us back to a time in the country when there was such a thing as investigative journalism. Sources were double and triple checked before stories made it into print, while today all it takes sometimes, is a tweet, to send reporters into a frenzy. Personally, when the Pentagon Papers story broke, I was somewhat conflicted and on the fence whether or not a newspaper ought to print stories based on classified government data. In retrospect, the country's national security posture was not harmed, and as an informed public, we're better off knowing what our leaders are up to, especially when decisions to send soldiers into harm's way are concerned.

Reviewed by Ryota Nakanishi 10 / 10

Recovering Democracy of Expression:Criticising JFK is not a taboo since then!

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 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!

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