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Reel and Meal: Lincoln at Rosedale AMC Theatres

The movie is playing at 12:40. We'll meet in the lobby around 12:15 and head in at 12:30 to get enough seats together.

***We've had some issues with people signing up for events and then not showing up. As you can see, we have a large waiting list for this event. If you can not make it, please change your RSVP as soon as possible. Other Meetups actually keep "attendance" and will remove members who are chronic no-shows.  We don't want to parent individuals, but it's not fair to members who are on the waiting list. (We did put a limit due to the size of the party room at Davanni's.) Thank you!!***

In the spirit of the endless election season, this month's Reel and Meal is Lincoln. Oscar buzz for Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role Daniel Day-Lewis, Actor in a Supporting Role Tommy Lee Jones, Actress in a Supporting Role Sally Field and Best Director Steven Spielberg. David Strathairn, James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Hal Holbrook also star in this must see movie. We'll head to Davanni's after the movie for a great meal and lively discussion.

Lincoln is a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

After the show, we'll head to Davanni's  from 4:00-7:00 for food and discussion!

Hope to see you there!

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  • Jack C.

    The film wasn't a full biography but rather the story of the passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, and I felt it did a good job of showing the ethical compromises and political chicanery involved. Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln was excellent. Fun discussion afterwards, too. Thanks, Caroline!

    November 26, 2012

  • Heather H

    Hey, the word 'fuck' being used in the movie wasn't an inaccuracy. Wikipedia states that that "There is anecdotal evidence of its use during the American Civil War."

    November 25, 2012

    • Steve P.

      That makes me feel better.

      1 · November 25, 2012

  • Dawn M.

    Thanks, Heather! Any info on it's origins?

    November 25, 2012

  • Vaughn K.

    I thought the movie "airbrushed" Lincoln too much; I prefer to see more of the warts on historical personages instead of unabashed hero worship. Very little attention was given to Lincoln as a political opportunist and manipulator. During the Civil War he suspended habeaus corpus, shut down newspapers that were antagonistic to him, and played the "race card" as it suited him politically. Ken Burns in his lengthy documentary on the Civil War noted that Lincoln was agreeable to have the South maintain slavery if it would keep the Union whole. That aspect of Lincoln was, as I said, "airbrushed" out of the film. Moreover, Lincoln waited until two years into the war to declare the Emancipation Proclamation--which only freed slaves in the Rebel States, not the neutral states. Lincoln was a much more complex figure than I feel the film portrayed.

    November 25, 2012

  • Douglas H.

    Thanks for the opening, we'll be their!

    November 24, 2012

  • Eric

    Sorry that I can't make this! I loved the Doris Kearns Goodwin biography of Lincoln. And the Gore Vidal, "Lincoln" fictional book is a really fun read too.

    November 24, 2012

  • Jack C.

    The Meetup was changed to add a reminder to keep RSVPs current in order to avoid no-shows, which prevent people on the waiting list from joining us. There was also a time change (the show time was moved up by ten minutes) which necessitated another change).

    November 23, 2012

  • George K.

    I received an e-mail stating that the Meetup was changed.. I am at a loss. It is not obvious to me. What is the change I am supposed to be considering?

    November 22, 2012

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