The Post (2017)

Day 8 : 13/01/2018

The Post, Steven Spielberg 

There are world famous events, big moments in life that we are familiar enough in one sentence – we know that Graham Bell invented the phone, Michael Phelps won 8 awards at the Olympics or we know history enough to be able to talk about it. But if we don’t have a particular interest on those subjects, we barely know the backstories, the intensities, the sacrifices or just the casual day to day lives of those characters. That’s why I love watching them written in intriguing ways – and since journalism is a very passionate side of me I really enjoyed every bit of this movie. This movies makes me remember how much I value seriousness about a subject – as boring as it may sound, being intensely connected to something and being able to work with people who try to do their best sounds like heaven to me. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors whose movies I would chose to watch without hesitation – he is like a sensor for good quality. So seeing him together with Meryl Streep and directed by Spielberg sounded like a good dream which actually came true. This is undoubtedly a compelling movie that deepens your perspective on journalism through its invisible questions.  When you are a journalist and close with the political people can you really know if they are your friends or if they just like to keep you close? Can you give up on their friendship and go against them publicly if needed? If what you have to write is against the government is it better to just risk being closed down and not be able to write at all or are you just gonna go with it and publish your stories? On that note, the most memorable scene for me was when Kay confronted McNamara. It was just so intense that you as a viewer understand the magnitude of what really is going on. The Post, just like Rush (directed by Ron Howard), shows that your rival can also be your best ally and make you a better version of yourself. As the shots, it was a delight to see papers, typewriters, the newsroom environment, the buildings with nice architecture – and those trucks throwing newspapers on the sides of newsstands driving away at dawn. I think the women empowerment side of the story was also at the right dose – it was fun to watch the character arc of Kay. The music is so nice but of course it is – it is by John Williams. A great movie with a pleasant rhythm to go along with.

Hotel Chevalier (2007) Cinematography Journal

This scene shows how he likes to (and pretends to) blend in with this new environment he created for himself.

It’s not just the color of his bathrobe to the overall tone of the room but also the way he tries to order his food in French – but that needs some help. He is happily messy in his room until he gets a phone call from his ex – after that everything starts to change.

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He cleans up the room and puts on a suit that is in complete contrast with the room – the way he likes to portray himself is different than his inner world.

When she comes, we see that she also wears grey – could we say he tries to match her by putting on a mask? Over prepared with the music and everything. Could this be the problem? People usually love to put on masks to make themselves look “better” than they are in their minds – but maybe if they would let others in and just be themselves, other people would find them way more original.

She comes in with flowers. Is she the “Chevalier” and him “the damsel in distress” waiting in his comfort castle?

Being the dominant character, she easily takes over the power in the room. She slips something in his luggage – will we know that this is in The Darjeeling Ltd?

Confrontation looks like this.

Is she over me? Does she know that I’m over her? Because I’m totally are. 

Does he still love me? Does he still care? 

Now they both stand out in the room – and slowly get closer.

Where many people reviewed this film as being vague, to me to me it is a really clear representation of vague relationships.

“Whatever happens between us, I don’t want to lose your friendship at the end”. 

“I never see you as a friend”

In terms of colors, they still belong to different worlds in the end.

Here is the Wes Anderson signature in the titles.

Hotel Chevalier (2007)

Day 7a: Forgotten 

Hotel Chevalier, Wes Anderson

I guess for everyone there must be someone who have entered their lives that they can’t get over, wouldn’t like to get over even if they could because in an imaginary world they would dream that with that person they could just live the way they wanted to – and if they are honest enough, another part will tell them that that would never happen – that they are not for each other at all and that them not being over each other is just a pointless waste of time. Isn’t that what love is anyway? Is it not?

HC is Wes Anderson’s expression on those and more with a pinch of yellow, Peter Sarstedt and a feeling of not having time for each other in 13 minutes. This short is also Part 1 of Darjeeling Ltd., his feature film that takes place in a train journey in India.  

What makes it a great short film: creates a deeper and greater meaning for the feature, one extra bite of a delicious meal with a different flavor. It serves a purpose and connects to the core of the story.

Watch it here:

Ah this song ❤

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