MikeyB's Monthly Movie Roundup: January (2018)

 Well my vacation is over and I'm still recovering from my post travel sickness that I seem to get, so this week's post will be a bit briefer then others. Luckily for me I only saw two of the films release this past January, and that means its time for the first "Monthly Movie Roundup" of 2018! Funnily enough both films, despite officially being released in 2017, did not actually receive their wide release until 2018 and on the same day to boot! Fortunately they were both excellent movies and I'm very pleased that these where the two films I ended up seeing. So lets get 2018 started and dive right in!

Released: January 12 2018
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson

 Plot: The first female publisher of a major newspaper, her cranky and cantankerous editor, and a government coverup spanning four presidents are the ingredients for this historical drama from master film maker Steven Spielberg.

 Opinion: Spielberg, who is mostly known for making the best "popcorn" flicks around, every once in a while likes to make a "serious" film, and "The Post" is a shining example of just that. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, two masterclass actors, are simply wondrous in their respective rolls. With Streep's Kay Graham being one of the best on screen character arcs in recent memory. In a world where once again our President is trying to tell us what is real and fake in the newspapers, "The Post"'s message and themes are all the more important and pertinent. There is a reason why this movie is up for 2 "Oscars", including Best Picture.

Paddington 2 (2012)
Released: January 12 2018
Director: Paul King
Starring: Ben Winshaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

 Plot: This sequel to the 2014 hit follows "Paddington" as he does odd jobs to pay for a pop-up book for his "Aunt Lucy"'s birthday present. After the book is stolen, and "Paddington" is framed for it's theft, he must survive prison and clear his name with the help of his adopted family "The Browns".

 Opinion: I absolutely adored the first "Paddington" film and how it was enjoyable at any age. I had high hopes that this sequel could live up to the standard set by the first film and I am so happy to say that it does. While I still like the first movie more, this sequel is still utterly charming, and has some great additions to the story in Hugh Grant's self-absorbed thief, and Brendan Gleeson's surly prison cook. Coming back to Paddington and The Browns is like curling up in a warm blanket on a comfy couch on a rainy day and I can not recommend the two films enough.

 Well that concludes my "Roundup" of the new releases I saw this past January. Did you see anything I didn't? Differing opinion then me? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, and as always thank you for reading and I'll see you next time!