Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Post, trailer and quick thoughts

Next week I will have programmed the LGBTQ films for the Oxford Film Festival, and I can hit the Oscars full force. Ok...maybe half force. We shall see!

In the meantime, the trailer for "The Post," the latest from Steven Spielberg starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks dropped, and it's nothing more or less than I expected. It looks quite moving. A bit of a mesh between "Spotlight" and "The Iron Lady," perhaps? Some of the dialgoue in this trailer is certainly suspect.

It's very hard for me to keep an open mind when it comes to Spielberg. I enjoyed "Lincoln," I really did, but when it comes to the best of Spielberg, that ship sailed for me a long, long time ago.

I'm sure it will be exactly what others will be looking for come holiday season. And, who knows, perhaps it will be what I'm looking for come December 22nd.

That being said, do not underestimate Streep for a nomination here. Or even a win. I personally think Sally Hawkins is due for recognition, and then there is Margot Robbie. If an up and coming, young, beautiful actress gives a great performance, she wins. But...I haven't seen any of these performances, and I generally don't like to weigh in too early.

Will the changes in Academy membership change things? Will the current climate in investigative journalism in regard to Hollywood make a difference on this year's nominations? Did things already shift last year with "Moonlight?" Or was the Academy righting a wrong only to go back to their same old, same old?

More will be revealed.

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