Tag Archives: Meryl Streep

The Post

Nothing is more stirring in Steven Spielberg’s The Post than watching the early morning newspapers get printed. Spielberg’s movie intends to rouse and inspire us, but the printing montage does that work all on its own. We watch the news text printed letter by letter, type placed into trays, trays imprinted onto a plate, and plates pressed onto newsprint. As Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks wax philosophical about the press, copies of the morning papers spiral up to the ceilings, ready to be delivered to homes across Washington. It’s dynamite for publishing and journalism geeks.

The 2016 Oscar Season

With the 89th Academy Awards a week from today, I’m thinking back about the 2016 season. And yes, I’m still catching up on last year’s movies! It’s always a scramble to see all the major nominees…

INTO THE WOODS

“Into the woods without regret, The choice is made, the task is set…” Stephen Sondheim’s found mixed fortune at the movies. Half his score to A Funny Thing… vanished on the way to the forum. Few in Sweeney Todd (enjoyable though it is) could carry a tune, and Elizabeth Taylor flounders through A Little Night Music without any help. So Into the Woods — musically and dramatically — […]

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

JOSH: I’ll start our discussion of August: Osage County with Tracy Letts’s play, which I saw in New York in 2008. Estelle Parsons (as the drug-addict mother Violet) was sadistically funny, and Amy Morton (as her bitter daughter Barbara) was indomitable. I know Hollywood doesn’t believe me, but dialogue-heavy plays are best on screen when […]

Always a Bride, Never a Bridesmaid

“Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?” Last week writer Mark Harris lamented about the “deplorable state” of the Best Actress race this year, arguing that by having a lineup of women who have already won awards (either in lead or supporting), we miss some of the lesser-known, yet […]