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3:50 Showtime: Spielberg's "Lincoln" w/Daniel Day-Lewis; Table 3 afterwards

3:50 Showtime; I will try to get there at least 15 mins. in advance and save some seats. Based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, Team of Rivals; screenplay by Tony Kushner (Angels in America).

"One of the most anticipated movies of the year."

At right: Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln.

Stars Daniel Day-Lewis with a great cast, including Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, Sally Field, James Spader.

All I need to hear is Daniel Day-Lewis and I'm in:

The greatest actor of the last quarter century, certainly since he played the AMAZINGLY different roles in "My Beautiful Laundrette" and "A Room with a View" in about 1986.

He is the son of the late Poet Laureate C. Day Lewis, who was part of an ingenious circle of friends with poet W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender; and Jill Balcon, daughter of the producer of several of Alfred Hitchcock's early films, Michael Balcon.

DD-L is also married to writer and filmmaker Rebecca Miller, daughter of the great dramatist Arthur Miller.

Synopsis:

"'Lincoln' focuses on the last four months of the president’s life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed."

“Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition,” Spielberg says.

He said the film begins with “Lincoln’s realization that the Emancipation Proclamation, the thing he is most known for, was simply a war powers act that would easily be struck down by any number of lawyers after the cessation of hostilities after the Civil War,” Spielberg says. “He needed to abolish slavery by constitutional measure — and that’s where we start.”

DD-L replaced Liam Neeson in the title role, I believe. Go, DD-L!!!!!

***Meet near door of specific theater inside whose number is on your ticket stub ; Jane[masked], no voicemail--will have Simba or a meetup sign and will wait till previews start.

If enough people are interested, dinner or drinks after film at Table 3.

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  • jane d.

    Had a great time: powerful film, the only portrayal of Lincoln where I felt I was watching him as a person and not merely an actor in make-up. Very nice to have a chance to see everyone, meet new members, and relax.

    November 23, 2012

  • Kate K.

    Afterthoughts:
    1. So poignant today, talking about voting rights as there currently is an ongoing effort to thwart the voting rights of those already disenfranchised. The loud "gasp" in the movie against the idea of granting women the right to vote.
    2. Sally Field's performance as Mary Todd Lincoln matched my envisioned image of her, there even was reference to her opulent spending over allotted budget while at the White House.
    3. How times have changed: Republicans fighting for racial equality then, and now, many times GOP members and supporters making  racist comments about president Obama. 
    4. The most touching part was President Lincoln's tenderness and gentleness with not only his family, but with those he worked with. What a man.
    This is a movie I will watch again.

    1 · November 21, 2012

    • jane d.

      People may have been surprised because the way history is usually presented is very fragmented, neglecting to show how different movements overlapped. I hope they didn't think women had voting rights back then!!! Maybe it was surprising to hear of the issues-slavery and disfranchisement of different groups--together. And it is interesting to think of the meaning of the phrase The Party of Lincoln and what a historical legacy it shows in terms of his impact.

      November 23, 2012

  • Dr. Jeff T.

    LINCOLN is a superb film. Not since THE ADAMS CHRONICLES has an historical production done such a throrough job of explaining the politics of the day. All of the actors are excellent in their performances. LINCOLN surely will receive quite a few Academy Award nominations. I had a great time at the movie and at Table 3 with Dr. Jane Davis and others afterwards! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends!

    November 22, 2012

  • Marsha

    Finally got to meet Jane. She is a star! Since this is Thanksgiving week: Thanks to all the hosts for giving us such enjoyment.

    November 19, 2012

  • Michael T.

    That was fun. I really enjoyed the company and conversation.

    November 18, 2012

  • Marsha

    Awesome job on this Oscar contender. I had a nice time on the back row ;-) I drank WAY too much caffeine at Table 3, but the conversation was wonderful.

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for chatting afterwards, Jane and Oname. The book I mentioned is by James L Swanson. It's called, Manhunt - The 12 day Chase for Lincoln's Killer.

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow. We all knew how the vote resulted, but I found myself anxious nonetheless to hear the outcome. So well done.

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just bought my ticket on fandango without an issue. Maybe, Siri, you may have found a new feature in their software app. :)

    1 · November 18, 2012

  • Katy

    Yolos closed last week.

    September 12, 2012

    • jane d.

      YOLOS CLOSED!!!!!???? I didn't see that coming!

      September 16, 2012

    • Katy

      I don't think anyone did.

      September 16, 2012

  • Michael T.

    Table 3 sounds interesting.

    September 8, 2012

  • WANDA B P.

    I vote for Table 3!

    September 8, 2012

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