Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Two actors whose careers have stood the test of time, starring in classic film after classic film. Their most recent venture into Oscar-worthy drama is Spielberg vehicle, The Post, that brings the sheer brilliance of both Streep and Hanks into the foreground, but also the sheer brilliance and bravery of the characters they portray.
The Post follows the true story of the Washington Post and the release of classified documents, the Pentagon Papers, relating to the Vietnam War. Streep plays Kay Graham, the owner, and publisher, of the Washington Post. Already, obstacles are encountered regarding her gender, in a time period where women were still expected to be behind the kitchen counter, rather than behind a desk. Continue reading
Hollywood is a world filled with glitz and glamour, and it’s sometimes very easy to forget that the people we see on our cinema screens are, at their very core, just normal people. Sure, they’ve got mansions and private jets and wads and wads of cash, but before the fame, they were just like you or I.
It’s all the more surprising then that we’re constantly bombarded with stories of misdemeanours from some of the most famous people in Hollywood. Whether it’s a demanding personality or cruelty to their fans, we’re never that far away from a Hollywood bad guy. With that in mind, I’m flipping that on its head and looking at the nicest guys in Hollywood. But who has made the cut? Read on to find out. Continue reading
BRIDGE OF SPIES (UK CERT 12A)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Music: Thomas Newman
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda
By Rob Stoakes
When it comes to film, the general public are always being portrayed as a load of big crybabies who run away from everything. Though, honestly, why not? When we’re not being stomped on by Godzilla, Loki is mind-controlling us with his evil magic and cute face, or were-vampire aliens are rising from the dead. No wonder we’re being portrayed as so panicky and frightened all the time; in the world of cinema, everything wants the public dead.
And in Bridge of Spies, the public is presented with the greatest threat of all; Russians. Continue reading