Huh. Is it just me or are things in the nation starting to run parallel to momentous events of the past? I apologize. Writing for you always makes me goofy… and I love it! This is the best part of the week for me, and I hope it is for you too 🙂 Okay enough of that. Let’s get down to beeswax!
This movie should interest you if for no other reason than the fact we are in a situation similar to the one from 1971: Nixon, the ‘Pentagon Papers,’ and a challenge to freedom of press. Today we have Trump, his loving treatment of the press, and no shortage of fun exposes.
Coincidences aside, this is a well-acted movie about what happened in 1971 at two rival newspapers during the time our government was deceiving the nation over realities of the Vietnam war. This was also a time when women were seen as mere baby carriages and glorified maids without a functioning mind. Anyhow… so it’s June 1971, and a military analyst (Matthew Rhys) sick of government lies leaks something from the Pentagon Papers to an New York Times reporter (Bob Odenkirk), and the bombshell is published. A judge subsequently bans NYT from printing anything further from that document, which is when Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) gets some juicy documentation from the same source. The problem: the widow (Meryl Streep) of the Post’s owner has just had to take charge of the newspaper, which has recently gone public. The last thing Katherine Graham wants to do is to shine a spotlight on government wrong-doings. Besides, she’s friends with SecDef (Bruce Greenwood),… who’s been spinning some lovely wool over the public’s eyes about the Vietnam war.
As you can imagine, tension is everything in a flick like this. Has Spielberg done his job well? Hmm… But, one thing’s for sure—Streep absolutely shines in her portrayal of a woman torn between the pressure of the wills of certain powerful men, and her own desire to do the right thing for the sake of the nation. Check out the trailer:
I still think TAKEN is Liam Neeson’s best thriller: it had heart, and the plot was believable. Ever since then director Jaume Collet-Serra has been milking the formula and this is the fourth flick. The plot is haphazard at best, but I’ll admit the combination of action and Neeson does work well. Unsurprisingly, however, your brain will judge these memories boring/ useless, and vaporize them the instant you leave the theater. Not convinced? Let’s see: Michael MacCauley (Neeson) is a 60-ish New Yorker suffering from massive debt. And not just that—he’s just gotten fired from his job at the insurance company. So he has a beer with his bud (Patrick Wilson) from his days as a cop, and gets on the train home. While he’s wondering how he’s gonna tell his wife (Elizabeth McGovern) they’re financially ruined, a hottie (Vera Farmiga) sidles up and tells him there’s 100K waiting for him if he’ll just find this one passenger and plant a GPS on him/her. If you know of a more predictable and contrived plot, let me know in the comments below. Here’s hoping Neeson doesn’t get typecast like poor Jason Statham, whom we haven’t seen in a while. Here’s the trailer:
Alrighty then! Those are the two new ones that caught my attention this week. I hope everyone has a nice weekend, and we’ll see you here again next week if not at the theaters! Bis dann!