HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » I just got home from watc...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:49 PM

I just got home from watching "Lincoln".

Damn, Spielberg hit it out of the park. Daniel Day Lewis is mesmerizing as Lincoln. A GREAT movie!

37 replies, 3470 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 37 replies Author Time Post
Reply I just got home from watching "Lincoln". (Original post)
rustydog Nov 2012 OP
russspeakeasy Nov 2012 #1
lonestarnot Nov 2012 #2
Staph Nov 2012 #3
rustydog Nov 2012 #4
Staph Nov 2012 #7
Blue_In_AK Nov 2012 #21
Frustratedlady Nov 2012 #5
Staph Nov 2012 #9
Frustratedlady Nov 2012 #12
Ruby the Liberal Nov 2012 #15
Frustratedlady Nov 2012 #30
Live and Learn Nov 2012 #6
romantico Nov 2012 #8
Ruby the Liberal Nov 2012 #16
aletier_v Nov 2012 #18
Ruby the Liberal Nov 2012 #23
SayitAintSo Nov 2012 #25
Frank Cannon Nov 2012 #36
SayitAintSo Nov 2012 #37
Lex Nov 2012 #22
corneliamcgillicutty Nov 2012 #26
larkrake Nov 2012 #27
fightthegoodfightnow Nov 2012 #10
bluestate10 Nov 2012 #11
mopinko Nov 2012 #13
Nightjock Nov 2012 #14
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #17
warrior1 Nov 2012 #19
Lex Nov 2012 #24
magical thyme Nov 2012 #20
fairfaxvadem Nov 2012 #28
Lex Nov 2012 #29
Frank Cannon Nov 2012 #33
PCIntern Nov 2012 #31
Locut0s Nov 2012 #32
Frank Cannon Nov 2012 #34
Paladin Nov 2012 #35

Response to rustydog (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:18 PM

1. You just sold 2 tickets. We're going on Monday. Thanks.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:19 PM

2. Soon!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:27 PM

3. I saw it yesterday with family and friends.

We could not stop talking about the movie, all through dinner and the rest of the evening.

It is history and politics and husband-and-wife and father-and-son and workplace dynamics and race and so many other amazing things. And Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn and Tommy Lee Jones are looking at Oscar nominations.


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Staph (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:40 PM

4. I will see it in the theater again then I will buy the DVD when it comes out!

My grand children will watch this with me when they are old enough.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:30 AM

7. We're talking about going to see it again.

It is such a dense movie -- dense in the sense of so much going on, in the dialogue and in the relationships among all of the political players of both parties and all of the different factions.

And I know that I'll be buying the DVD as well!


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Staph (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:09 PM

21. According to Spielberg, there were 140 speaking parts.

The first time through, it's hard to keep track of who everyone is. I saw an early screening in LA with my daughter who is a lawyer for the Directors' Guild, with a Spielberg Q&A afterwards. it was fascinating hearing some of the back stories from the great man himself.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:35 PM

5. How would a Republican react to it? I had a friend who went to see it last night, but

not one word. Just curious.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:37 AM

9. I think that an open-minded Republican . . .

(if that isn't an oxymoron), would be fascinated by this film.

We think of today's political climate as rough and tumble, but these folks were the real deal. Can you imagine Nancy Pelosi calling John Boehner "vulture guts" in an official speech on the floor of the House?



Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Staph (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:35 AM

12. I was hoping it would change their minds, but...

I doubt it. I keep chipping away at their loyalty to the Repugs, but I don't feel I'm getting through. They claim to be open-minded, but you know how that goes.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:34 PM

15. Today at dinner

my hard core RW aunt brought up this film. Said it was the most amazing movie she had ever seen - that Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field were positively amazing, almost that they were channeling Abe and Mary Lincoln. Never heard her gush about a movie before and honestly don't even know what her taste in 'good cinema' is, but she certainly convinced all of us that this is a must see.

Your post made me curious (I haven't had time to see it yet) - why would you ask about R reaction?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:00 PM

30. She seemed reserved to see it. I think many people consider Abe a Dem.

Also, she claims she isn't bigoted, but I think otherwise. Freeing the slaves probably wasn't something she'd approve of, but I may be wrong.

If she loved it, she would have gushed, as well.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:02 AM

6. Both my mother and my son found it too long (read boring).

Can you imagine that? I found it mesmerizing. It felt like you were really there during one of the most challenging times in the history of our country. I'll be getting the dvd too.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:37 AM

8. The

The trailer and clips do not do Daniel Day Lewis performance justice. I literally could not take my eyes off him whenever he was on screen.What I liked about this film was it was not a typical Spielberg film. Not a typical John Williams score either. Very low key but at the same time it had so much heart. I found myself getting choked up in scenes.James Spader and Sally Field were great but the entire cast deserves a round of applause. Tommy Lee Jones has never been better. I also liked Stephen Henderson who played Lincoln's valet (he always tried to give Lincoln a pair of gloves and he never took them) Loved everyone in it.

IMO, I think this will sweep the Oscars. Only one other film that may give Lincoln a run for it's money ad that is another Presidential biography called Hyde Park on the Hudson with Bill Murray.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to romantico (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:36 PM

16. James Spader is in this?

I have had a major crush on him for eons now. Sex, Lies and Videotape was a killer.

Who does he play?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #16)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:41 PM

18. A seedy lobbyist type

Lincoln delegated to Seward, who hired 3rd party types
to trade administration jobs for votes from lame duck congressman,
so Lincoln had plausible deniability.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to aletier_v (Reply #18)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:15 PM

23. I can definitely see him in that role.



Thanks for the heads up!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #23)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:52 PM

25. He was excellent in that role

Just saw it for the 2nd time. It was even better!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to SayitAintSo (Reply #25)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:16 AM

36. Spader stole almost every scene he was in.

You could almost say that he and his two cohorts provided the comic relief for this movie.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Frank Cannon (Reply #36)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:03 PM

37. yes...yes....Love Spader

Thought he did a little 'Denny Crane' in there as well

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #16)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:11 PM

22. Spader is wonderful in the movie.

Thoroughly enjoyed him in this role in Lincoln. He gets quite a bit of time on screen.



Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to romantico (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:05 PM

26. Glad you mentioned the clips/previews

because after seeing them, I could not imagine Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln. Now I will definitely go to see it. Thanks much!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to romantico (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:10 PM

27. Hunger Games is better all around, but Lincoln is disturbingly good and Tommy Lee Jones nd Lewis sho

and Tommy Lee Jones and Lewis should get noms

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:53 AM

10. Amazing Movie

Run...don't Walk

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:57 AM

11. I saw Lincoln earlier today. A bit slow at times, but great movie. Well worth the money and time. nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:25 AM

13. loved the movie, and the book

loosely based on doris kearns goodwin's 'team of rivals'. (which also had it's slow moments)
day-lewis is good, but i loved, loved sally field as mary todd lincoln. i have always been very sympathetic to her, and really glad they portrayed here in as a multi-dimensional character.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:30 PM

14. I saw it and could not stop thinking about

President Obama.
Lincoln is one of his idols and the way Lincoln went about changing things is almost exactly the way our Prez works.
Some of my liberal friends ( that always bitch about Obama not doing enough) need to see this flick.
I was glued to my seat for 2 plus hours and I have a bladder the size of a walnut!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:36 PM

17. Will see it

tomorrow...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:49 PM

19. Saw this yesterday.

Excellent. Please see this film. Put, hold off of drinking liquids. It is a long film.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to warrior1 (Reply #19)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:36 PM

24. It's 2:29 but it didn't *seem* long

however I agree about not wanting to miss a minute by having to go to the bathroom in the middle of it.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:53 PM

20. I saw it last Sunday.

Superb. Oscar performances to go around. Brilliant writing too. Love Sally Field as Mary Todd. One of her lines...I won't give it away....MEEEOOWWWW!...entire theater cracked up.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:41 AM

28. Plan to see it ASAP, however,

I'm curious about the "loosely-based" on Team of Rivals. Why that specifically? (an answer only Spielberg can answer). With Malice Toward None is a brilliant book about the Lincoln Presidency (among many), and Gore Vidal's novel, Lincoln, is one of my all time favorites. My copy is worn out. Just a beautifully written book.

I admit, I'm not the biggest fan of DKG...and wish other contributions to Lincoln's legacy were credited besides hers.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to fairfaxvadem (Reply #28)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:31 PM

29. I wondered about that too because it has little

to do DKG's book EXCEPT it seems to have used a lot of the research (and maybe some quotes from the various people) from her book to re-create this slice of time in Lincoln's life.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to fairfaxvadem (Reply #28)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 02:09 AM

33. I read an interview with Kushner (screenwriter)

And he said it was because there was just too much material in the book to make a coherent, focused movie and not have it turn into a five-part miniseries. Ultimately, it was Spielberg's decision to just concentrate on the passage of the 13th Amendment and use that to illustrate what the book's author was trying to get across.

I'm not a big Spielberg fan (I think he gets way too maudlin and sappy at times), but Mrs. Cannon and I saw the movie today and thought it was excellent. They might as well just send Daniel Day-Lewis his Academy Award right now. And Sally Field, David Strathairn, and Tommy Lee Jones will certainly also be in the running.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:09 PM

31. Just saw it just now...

Great...not quite The King's Speech,but lots o' parallels to today, etc. Day-Lewis is remarkable and Sally Field has sure come a long way since Gidget...
Terrific...thoughtful and provocative.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rustydog (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:25 AM

32. I wish Spielberg could stop being so sentimental. This could have been a GREAT film...

Instead it's just a good film with some amazing performances. Overall though it's just too sentimental and 'perfect' a portrait.

Spielberg's greatest failing IMHO is his inability not to sentimentalize everything he touches. Otherwise he has the skills of the great directors but IMO he almost always ends up marring his films.

Just my 2 cents, please don't burn me alive

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Locut0s (Reply #32)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 02:16 AM

34. I agree with you about his sentimentality.

My ONLY quibble about this film is that it should have ended two scenes before it did, with Lincoln walking down the steps. Then it would have been perfect. But no, Spielberg just had to tack on his usual signatory schmaltz.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Locut0s (Reply #32)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:35 AM

35. Too Bad Stanley Kubrick Isn't Around Anymore.


Kubrick's "Lincoln" flick would have been half as sentimental but twice as long. But folks like you would have been happy, I suppose......

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread