The Post, the latest film from Steven Spielberg, stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Streep plays Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper. It details the race between the Washington Post and New York Times to publish the Pentagon Papers. The documents revealed a decadeslong cover-up of government secrets and misdeeds. WBEZ film contributor Milos Stehlik of Facets reviews the film and will discuss its historical merits, despite criticizing acting performances.
He’ll also review the Matt Damon film, Downsizing. The film takes a Gulliver’s Travels dive into issues of class and inequality. Well-meaning people, who want to leave their stressed-out lives of mass consumption and consumer capitalism, take advantage of technology that shrinks them to five inches tall. Ironically, they find the issues they were running from are only heightened in their mini-world.