"Lincoln" (2012): Abe's momentous, final days

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE: WE WILL MEET AT 4:00 at TARTINE FOR DINNER.  PARKING, TICKETS, AND LINES ARE CHALLENGING RIGHT NOW.  Get your tickets early.  We will line up 1 hour before the film - 4:55!

We'll go to the 5:55 PM show. If you'd like to eat before the movie, we'll meet at Cafe la Tartine (click for info), across from the theater, starting at 4:00 PM. Note "dinner" in your RSVP, so we can get a head count. Order and pay at the counter. Non-diners, we'll see you in the theater starting around 5:30 PM.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln (2012) Starts: 5:55 PM, Ends: ~8:40 PM

Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Steven Spielberg
Plot: 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.

If you want to chat after the show, we can go for coffee at Tartine or a drink at the Spaghetti Factory afterwards.

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  • Russ

    Good but misses being great. The relentless focus on bearded, arguing white men ignores the impact of their arguments and actions on the population they're supposedly aiding, rendering the black population as mute witnesses to their own salvation (when they appear at all!). Too bad. The "Gettysburg" sequence seemed expositional and forced, and the movie stumbles badly in the presentation of the assassination, resorting to a trick that feels false and manipulative. How much better it would have been to see the emotional impact the return of Lincoln's body to the WH might have had on his loyal servants. Day-Lewis is a shoo-in for Oscar. The Times article gets it right.

    December 2, 2012

  • Roz

    Thanks Cindy for organizing.

    December 2, 2012

  • Cindy C.

    A few of us went to a nearby place called The Living Room. It's a great place to meet up. They have wine, beer, and a tasty, low-cost menu. Nice comfy couches, and tables where people were playing card and board games. I highly recommend it.

    December 1, 2012

  • Cindy C.

    This film is a huge gift to the American people. It also taps into current issues with the political parties, Congress and the Presidency. I really loved this film, and particularly Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones in their roles.

    December 1, 2012

  • Russ

    This article provides a great commentary on Lincoln, and some needed historical balance in outlining the role blacks played in the abolition movement. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/opinion/in-spielbergs-lincoln-passive-black-characters.html?_r=0

    December 1, 2012

    • Cindy C.

      Thanks Russ - I read that the other day. I talked about it with some friends who are African American, and they didn't have the same reaction as this critic.

      December 1, 2012

  • Polina

    It was too late to RSVP. I am going to come to the movie and bring a friend with me. Got my ticket online. Looking forward to meeting you

    December 1, 2012

    • Cindy C.

      Hi Polina, sorry we missed you tonight - hopefully another time soon.

      December 1, 2012

  • John

    Buy tickets online or at least 2 hours before performance. I saw this on opening night. Bought tickets 3 hours ahead of time and waited in line an hour to get good seats. THis movies continues to get raving reviews and the crowds are not letting up.

    November 30, 2012

    • Cindy C.

      Thanks for the heads' up, John

      November 30, 2012

  • Roz

    Hi-I won't be able to make Dinner
    Should we buy tickets early? On line?

    November 30, 2012

    • Cindy C.

      I advise buying early or online, Roz. When I saw Skyfall, I bought a ticket 2 hours early and it was the last one sold for that show. Lots of moviegoers right now.

      November 30, 2012

    • Roz

      thanks. yes i know; saw skyfall last week and theatre was packed!!

      November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone interested in carpooling? I live in Cupertino. I'd much rather carpool with someone willing to drive. I'd give some money for gas, of course. Let me know. Thanks. :)

    November 30, 2012

    • Cindy C.

      I won't be coming from that area, but I encourage as many people as possible to carpool. I will be coming from Palo Alto, but returning to Burlingame afterwards.

      November 30, 2012

  • Michael

    Already saw it, but it's excellent. Best film of the year. Terrific performances; brilliant screenplay. Can't recommend it enough. Enjoy!

    November 27, 2012

  • Cindy C.

    Hope to see you there! I'll be wearing a red scarf so you can find me. Bring Lincoln trivia questions!

    November 27, 2012

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