"Lincoln" starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience -- end slavery or end the war.


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76% of viewers liked this movie (out of 78,205 votes)
89% of selected movie critics recommended it (out of 238 reviews)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, History
Duration: 2hrs 30mins
Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Tony Kushner (screenplay), Doris Kearns Goodwin (book)
Language: English with Thai subtitles

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Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, who gave this film 4 stars out of 4 stars wrote:

I've rarely been more aware than during Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" that Abraham Lincoln was a plain-spoken, practical, down-to-earth man from the farmlands of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. He had less than a year of formal education and taught himself through his hungry reading of great books.

Lincoln lacked social polish but he had great intelligence and knowledge of human nature. The hallmark of the man, performed so powerfully by Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln," is calm self-confidence, patience and a willingness to play politics in a realistic way. The film focuses on the final months of Lincoln's life, including the passage of the 13th Amendment ending slavery, the surrender of the Confederacy and his assassination. Rarely has a film attended more carefully to the details of politics.

The capital city of Washington is portrayed here as roughshod gathering of politicians on the make. The White House is less a temple of state than a gathering place for wheelers and dealers. Lincoln is not above political vote buying. He offers jobs, promotions, titles and pork barrel spending. He isn't even slightly reluctant to employ the low-handed tactics of his chief negotiators. That's how the game is played, and indeed we may be reminded of the arm-bending used to pass the civil rights legislation by Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Locations and Schedule

6:45 pm - 7:45 pm - Coffee, snacks, and conversation at True Life / True Coffee (old branch) corner of Siam Square Soi 3 (one block off Rama 1 Road), not to be confused with the two newer True Coffee branches in Siam Square.  (Yes, there are THREE True Coffee branches in Siam Square.)Please read the detailed directions below so you don't end up at the wrong True Coffee branch.

7:45 pm - Walk to the theater. We will buy the tickets together so the group can sit together.  Tickets are only 100 baht per person (every-day price there).

8:00 pm - The movie, "Lincoln" at the Apex Lido Cinema, Siam Square.


After the movie - a 10-minute discussion of the movie.  Why did we like or not like the movie?

After the discussion - If you want to suggest a restaurant for some of us to go next, please don't be shy.

You can attend the coffee hour and/or the movie.  You don't have to be at both.

Click on "Will you attend?", above right to RSVP that you will be there.


Directions

(1) Leave the BTS Skytrain Siam (Central) Station at Exit 2. (If you're not arriving by Skytrain and you're walking under the Skytrain station towards MBK, pass by True Coffee and the Apple Shop in the building called "Digital Gateway.")

(2) When you reach the bottom of the stairs, do a "U-turn" to head in the opposite direction past True Coffee and the Apple Shop in the building called "Digital Gateway."

(3) When you reach the cross street, you are at Siam Square Soi 3.

(4) Turn left and walk one block. On the corner, you will see True Life / True Coffee.  It's across the street from Kasikorn Bank (K-Bank). We will be on the ground floor.

Grab coffee and a snack and join us for 60 minutes of conversation before we go to the movie!



Art, Organizer
Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup


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  • Jenny

    I love the movie :) I thought it would be very serious and heavy but it turned out to be touching as well as funny. Thumb up!

    March 31, 2013

  • Michael J. A.

    I like the Lido theatres, though I know some others don't. The price is certainly right, especially compared with the 3 and 4D venues.
    I thought the movie was very good and it is still giving me a lot to consider. One of the truly amazing things about it is that this was directed by the same man who directed 'Close Encounters' and 'E. T.'. He certainly is stretching himself.

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Parul S.

    It was a decent one.
    A suggestion though: Can we try a better place if the movie is longer than the typical 1..5 hrs?
    Thanks a tonne Art!

    March 30, 2013

  • James M.

    Sorry folks....last minute problems...enjoy the movie.

    March 30, 2013

  • Andrew B.

    Would love to go but away for work. Saw it on the plane and it's good,Day Lewis is great.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really sorry I can't make it :(

    March 30, 2013

  • Amornrat

    Look interested in to me!

    March 30, 2013

  • Parul S.

    I'll attend both

    March 29, 2013

  • Nils Den T.

    Great to be able to see this movie at last in a cinema setting.

    March 23, 2013

  • Pauline M

    I was waiting for this movie, definitely coming ! :)

    March 23, 2013

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