Movies: The Post, Hostiles

Big HELLO to all.  We were hoping to squeeze in one more movie and review before tonight’s festivities at the Golden Globes.  Unfortunately, we simply ran out of time.

The 75th Golden Globe Awards will be on NBC tonight, Sunday, 5 PM Pacific time/8 PM Eastern time.

Seth Meyer’s will host the event.  Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award.  Expect both public and silent protests on a variety of topics.

We will be watching intently, sipping Champagne.  Our first toast will be to all of you!

J&J

The Post

Set in 1971.  Richard Nixon was President.  The Vietnam War still in its third decade.  Four Presidents had tried to suppress reports of the war to the press.  This film shows how the Washington Post defied the Executive Office and published the government’s cover up to the public known as the Pentagon Papers.

It was Directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks along with another 157 skilled actors.  It was not an accident this film was released this week.  Some see it as a parallel of current events and the political shenanigans about today’s press.

It is rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence.  Children may not find this to their liking, it’s really targeted for adult audiences.  The genre is listed as Drama, Mystery and Suspense.  It runs 1 hour, 55 minutes.  In our opinion one of the best films of the year.

Note:  This movie has been nominated for 6 Golden Globe nominations!

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Hostiles

Ah, the wild West.  It conjures up a nostalgic image of vast open land, an overwhelming sense of freedom, and of course, the near extermination of the indigenous peoples who occupied the lands for millennium.

Commentary aside, this is arguably the best Western movie out of the film industry in years.  It is visually stunning. It is not always easy to watch.  There are some pretty gritty scenes throughout.

It is set in 1892 as Native Americans settle into tribal lands and the wild West is beginning to evolve into vast expansion.

The cast is perfect.  Headliners include Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Wes Studi, Adam Beach and Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By My Name).  At least a dozen others round out the notable cast.

It is written and directed by Scott Cooper.  It is rated R for strong violence and language.  We do not recommend this for young children.  The genre is listed as Action, Adventure, Drama, Western.  It runs 135 minutes.

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