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2012-11-01 11:34:31 AM  
I really hope this Lincoln stabs or bludgeons someone to death. That's kind of what I've come to expect from my DDL movies.
 
2012-11-01 11:38:12 AM  
I saw this the other night. Daniel Day-Lewis is absolutely brilliant as Lincoln. It's one of the best performances I've ever seen. The whole movie is visually stunning. Even Sally Field as Mary Lincoln, best thing she's ever done.
Expect multiple Oscars for this movie.
 
2012-11-01 11:51:12 AM  

propasaurus: Even Sally Field as Mary Lincoln, best thing she's ever done.


What about Tommy Lee Jones? I mean, he sort of looks like Thadeus Stevens, but from the commercials, I can't help but think: f*ck, that's Tommy Lee Jones!
 
2012-11-01 11:52:21 AM  

propasaurus: I saw this the other night. Daniel Day-Lewis is absolutely brilliant as Lincoln. It's one of the best performances I've ever seen. The whole movie is visually stunning. Even Sally Field as Mary Lincoln, best thing she's ever done.
Expect multiple Oscars for this movie.


I'm curious, where did you see it? Advance screening?
 
2012-11-01 11:53:34 AM  
fta

DAY-LEWIS: (*ringing bell*) Boy! Come here! I've soiled myself again.
PA: God I hate this job. 

ha!
 
2012-11-01 12:01:08 PM  

propasaurus: Even Sally Field as Mary Lincoln, best thing she's ever done.


Have you not seen Smokey and the Bandit?
 
2012-11-01 12:09:59 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: propasaurus: Even Sally Field as Mary Lincoln, best thing she's ever done.

What about Tommy Lee Jones? I mean, he sort of looks like Thadeus Stevens, but from the commercials, I can't help but think: f*ck, that's Tommy Lee Jones!


Tommy Lee Jones is Tommy Lee Jones, but that is exactly what the part calls for. Joseph Gordon Levitt is just OK as Robert Lincoln. James Spader is a lot of fun. Jared Harris is good in a limited role as Grant.

Rincewind53: propasaurus: I saw this the other night. Daniel Day-Lewis is absolutely brilliant as Lincoln. It's one of the best performances I've ever seen. The whole movie is visually stunning. Even Sally Field as Mary Lincoln, best thing she's ever done.
Expect multiple Oscars for this movie.

I'm curious, where did you see it? Advance screening?


Yes, cast & crew screening.
 
2012-11-01 12:18:19 PM  
Who's going to play Lincoln's gay love interest?

Yeah, I went there.
 
2012-11-01 12:41:18 PM  

Cythraul: Who's going to play Lincoln's gay love interest?

Yeah, I went there.


It's actually alluded to.
 
2012-11-01 12:42:14 PM  
He's a consumate pro. Not many left like him. You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.
 
2012-11-01 12:45:23 PM  
FTFA: Someone needs to devise a way to get Daniel Day-Lewis and Andy Serkis in a movie together, where DDL is going strictly method and Andy Serkis is crawling around on the floor like a lizard covered in ping pong balls, and just film the director trying to respect their process.


I would watch the hell out of this movie.
 
2012-11-01 12:45:51 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.


t2.gstatic.com

/yeah. I went there
//TWBB is over-rated, IMHO
 
2012-11-01 12:47:30 PM  
It would be awesome if someone had footage of these guys remaining in character off set. Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, and John Wilkes Booth walk into an In-N-Out.....
 
2012-11-01 12:49:31 PM  

iron_city_ap: It would be awesome if someone had footage of these guys remaining in character off set. Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, and John Wilkes Booth walk into an In-N-Out.....


Booth isn't in the movie, but someone did snap a picture of Lewis having dinner at a local restaurant.
 
2012-11-01 12:49:43 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake: Lt. Cheese Weasel: You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.

[t2.gstatic.com image 171x253]

/yeah. I went there
//TWBB is over-rated, IMHO


Maybe, but he's beyond brilliant in it.
 
2012-11-01 12:50:18 PM  

iron_city_ap: It would be awesome if someone had footage of these guys remaining in character off set. Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, and John Wilkes Booth walk into an In-N-Out.....


Three go in...... one comes out.
 
2012-11-01 12:51:32 PM  

propasaurus: I saw this the other night. Daniel Day-Lewis is absolutely brilliant as Lincoln. It's one of the best performances I've ever seen. The whole movie is visually stunning. Even Sally Field as Mary Lincoln, best thing she's ever done.
Expect multiple Oscars for this movie.


I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?
 
2012-11-01 12:55:30 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake: Lt. Cheese Weasel: You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.

[t2.gstatic.com image 171x253]

/yeah. I went there
//TWBB is over-rated, IMHO


You're just made because you're the afterbirth that slithered out on your mother's filth.
 
2012-11-01 12:56:21 PM  
I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?

Lincoln's voice was said to be kinda high-pitched with an odd accent
 
2012-11-01 01:03:33 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake: Lt. Cheese Weasel: You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.

[t2.gstatic.com image 171x253]

/yeah. I went there
//TWBB is over-rated, IMHO


you have to be kidding. that movie was pure awesomeness
 
2012-11-01 01:03:47 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake: Lt. Cheese Weasel: You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.

[t2.gstatic.com image 171x253]

/yeah. I went there
//TWBB is over-rated, IMHO


SHUT YOUR MOUTH
 
2012-11-01 01:06:23 PM  

MugzyBrown: I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?

Lincoln's voice was said to be kinda high-pitched with an odd accent


Yes, I've read that he probably did sound like what DDL is doing.
 
2012-11-01 01:07:42 PM  

timujin: I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?


by all contemporary accounts lincoln had a very strange voice. high pitched and a bit off putting. many of histories great orators had weird quirks like that.
 
2012-11-01 01:08:57 PM  
I think that Daniel Day Lewis is a fantastic actor and PT Anderson a great film-maker, but There Will Be Blood left me feeling cold. Aside from DDL's excellent performance, there wasn't much to the movie to recommend it. Sorry, fanboys.
 
2012-11-01 01:14:37 PM  
So does he get to kill vampires? Oh wait a Spileberg film. Aliens. He gets to kill aliens.
 
2012-11-01 01:16:10 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake: I think that Daniel Day Lewis is a fantastic actor and PT Anderson a great film-maker, but There Will Be Blood left me feeling cold. Aside from DDL's excellent performance, there wasn't much to the movie to recommend it. Sorry, fanboys.


DDL's performance wasn't the only good performance in that film. The guy who played the preacher was excellent as well.
 
2012-11-01 01:16:40 PM  

Cythraul: Who's going to play Lincoln's gay love interest?

Yeah, I went there.


So, you're basically admitting that you have no originality.
 
2012-11-01 01:18:46 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake: Lt. Cheese Weasel: You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.

[t2.gstatic.com image 171x253]

/yeah. I went there
//TWBB is over-rated, IMHO


Yeah, well you're just a BASTARD IN A BAAASKET
 
2012-11-01 01:21:50 PM  

T.rex: Cythraul: Who's going to play Lincoln's gay love interest?

Yeah, I went there.

So, you're basically admitting that you have no originality.


So, you're basically admitting that Donna Reed was a really sore loser?
 
2012-11-01 01:25:23 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake: Lt. Cheese Weasel: You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.

[t2.gstatic.com image 171x253]

/yeah. I went there
//TWBB is over-rated, IMHO


I found the movie to be really really boring. It was well made, well acted, but just boring
 
2012-11-01 01:26:27 PM  

timujin: propasaurus: I saw this the other night. Daniel Day-Lewis is absolutely brilliant as Lincoln. It's one of the best performances I've ever seen. The whole movie is visually stunning. Even Sally Field as Mary Lincoln, best thing she's ever done.
Expect multiple Oscars for this movie.

I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?


A little of both. It's not what one might expect, but it really works, and from what I understand, likely more accurate.
 
2012-11-01 01:27:06 PM  
TWBB blew me away. If you think it was "meh", then you have no place in a DDL thread and should stick to the Twilight, Transformer, and Avenger threads.

Will see this in 15 days to be sure.
 
2012-11-01 01:30:16 PM  
James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson and John Hawkes as shady political operatives are great, seedy, rascals.
 
2012-11-01 01:41:01 PM  
All I've seen are the previews admittedly, but those make it like a giant steaming pile of limburger with a healthy side of ham. Add in Stevie's patented complete lack of subtlety and I think I'll give this one a pass.
 
2012-11-01 01:53:49 PM  

tlchwi02: timujin: I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?

by all contemporary accounts lincoln had a very strange voice. high pitched and a bit off putting. many of histories great orators had weird quirks like that.


well, it sounds like he was being historically accurate, at least...
 
2012-11-01 01:56:08 PM  

drewogatory: All I've seen are the previews admittedly, but those make it like a giant steaming pile of limburger with a healthy side of ham. Add in Stevie's patented complete lack of subtlety and I think I'll give this one a pass.


Yeah, because the civil war was nothing but people hamming it up. Lincoln held the country together by sheer force of will, I imagine there's a lot of tension and drama. You'll see it, and you know it.
 
2012-11-01 02:01:56 PM  

The Gentleman Caller: drewogatory: All I've seen are the previews admittedly, but those make it like a giant steaming pile of limburger with a healthy side of ham. Add in Stevie's patented complete lack of subtlety and I think I'll give this one a pass.

Yeah, because the civil war was nothing but people hamming it up. Lincoln held the country together by sheer force of will, I imagine there's a lot of tension and drama. You'll see it, and you know it.


?? Umm, my father was a military historian. I'd venture to say that I'm probably quite a bit more well read on the Civil War than your average bear. I certainly don't need what appears to be Spielberg's typically facile take on it.
 
2012-11-01 02:03:12 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: He's a consumate pro. Not many left like him. You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.


Nine.
 
2012-11-01 02:09:13 PM  

gunga galunga: Lt. Cheese Weasel: He's a consumate pro. Not many left like him. You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.

Nine.


Also The Bounty, The Boxer, The Crucible,GONY, and In The Name of The Father. Good performances most of them, but bad movies.
 
2012-11-01 02:09:29 PM  

drewogatory: The Gentleman Caller: drewogatory: All I've seen are the previews admittedly, but those make it like a giant steaming pile of limburger with a healthy side of ham. Add in Stevie's patented complete lack of subtlety and I think I'll give this one a pass.

Yeah, because the civil war was nothing but people hamming it up. Lincoln held the country together by sheer force of will, I imagine there's a lot of tension and drama. You'll see it, and you know it.

?? Umm, my father was a military historian. I'd venture to say that I'm probably quite a bit more well read on the Civil War than your average bear. I certainly don't need what appears to be Spielberg's typically facile take on it.


You sound like you need to be at the Civil War Reenactor's Club in 26 minutes.
 
2012-11-01 02:16:40 PM  

gunga galunga: drewogatory: The Gentleman Caller: drewogatory: All I've seen are the previews admittedly, but those make it like a giant steaming pile of limburger with a healthy side of ham. Add in Stevie's patented complete lack of subtlety and I think I'll give this one a pass.

Yeah, because the civil war was nothing but people hamming it up. Lincoln held the country together by sheer force of will, I imagine there's a lot of tension and drama. You'll see it, and you know it.

?? Umm, my father was a military historian. I'd venture to say that I'm probably quite a bit more well read on the Civil War than your average bear. I certainly don't need what appears to be Spielberg's typically facile take on it.

You sound like you need to be at the Civil War Reenactor's Club in 26 minutes.


Probably be more fun than what I'm actually doing, unfortunately.
 
2012-11-01 02:19:09 PM  

timujin: well, it sounds like he was being historically accurate, at least...


yeah. although i agree its distracting and somewhat grating, its kind of neat that they made the effort
 
2012-11-01 02:29:00 PM  

timujin: tlchwi02: timujin: I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?

by all contemporary accounts lincoln had a very strange voice. high pitched and a bit off putting. many of histories great orators had weird quirks like that.

well, it sounds like he was being historically accurate, at least...


Honestly if that's your sticking point you probably should just stay away.

Personally I'm thrilled he didn't do the stereotypical deep throated power voice that we give Lincoln in re-enactments and things like "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" at Disney.
 
2012-11-01 02:29:10 PM  
Daniel Day-Lewis is awesome. I just wish he'd work more.
 
2012-11-01 02:31:16 PM  

Lunchlady: timujin: tlchwi02: timujin: I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?

by all contemporary accounts lincoln had a very strange voice. high pitched and a bit off putting. many of histories great orators had weird quirks like that.

well, it sounds like he was being historically accurate, at least...

Honestly if that's your sticking point you probably should just stay away.

Personally I'm thrilled he didn't do the stereotypical deep throated power voice that we give Lincoln in re-enactments and things like "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" at Disney.


Never said it was a "sticking point", just that it didn't seem to follow with the idea that he was known for his oratory skills. Turns out I was wrong.
 
2012-11-01 02:35:15 PM  

timujin: Lunchlady: timujin: tlchwi02: timujin: I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?

by all contemporary accounts lincoln had a very strange voice. high pitched and a bit off putting. many of histories great orators had weird quirks like that.

well, it sounds like he was being historically accurate, at least...

Honestly if that's your sticking point you probably should just stay away.

Personally I'm thrilled he didn't do the stereotypical deep throated power voice that we give Lincoln in re-enactments and things like "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" at Disney.

Never said it was a "sticking point", just that it didn't seem to follow with the idea that he was known for his oratory skills. Turns out I was wrong.


Have you ever heard a recording of Churchill? Guy had a lisp!
 
2012-11-01 02:39:39 PM  
You shut your whore mouth when you talk about DDL.

Let the man keep being weird and awesome. He's extremely good at it.
 
2012-11-01 02:57:00 PM  

ltdanman44: I_Love_Cheesecake: Lt. Cheese Weasel: You can't name a bad DDL movie. And if you do, you're a stupidhead.

[t2.gstatic.com image 171x253]

/yeah. I went there
//TWBB is over-rated, IMHO

you have to be kidding. that movie was pure awesomeness


Thank you. That needed to be said. ( It's up there with Pulp Fiction in my book. Watched TWBB multiple times for the dialogue...)
 
2012-11-01 02:59:43 PM  

Lunchlady: Have you ever heard a recording of Churchill? Guy had a lisp!


Yes, it was well known that it was a condition he worked hard from childhood to overcome. He still had a good voice, though, even with the tiny bit of a lisp that was still evident. Haven't ever heard a recording of Lincoln's voice, obviously, and hadn't actually heard of any real descriptions of it, so the only thing I've had to go on is previous dramatic interpretations. The voice Day-Lewis chose made him sound almost weak, so it was odd to me. Turns out, that was most likely what his voice sounded like. I should have expected that, as Day-Lewis is a consummate professional and would have insisted on it even if it did seem off putting.
 
2012-11-01 03:07:34 PM  

Lunchlady: timujin: tlchwi02: timujin: I fully expect that Day-Lewis puts forth a fantastic performance. However, based on the previews, I was extremely disappointed by the way he decided to characterize Lincoln's voice. He sounds... petulant? Whiny almost... I mean, this is a man who was known for his oratory skills, but based on what I've seen, I can't believe anyone would want to listen to a speech made by him for more than two minutes. Is that consistent with the actual movie or is it better when presented in context?

by all contemporary accounts lincoln had a very strange voice. high pitched and a bit off putting. many of histories great orators had weird quirks like that.

well, it sounds like he was being historically accurate, at least...

Honestly if that's your sticking point you probably should just stay away.

Personally I'm thrilled he didn't do the stereotypical deep throated power voice that we give Lincoln in re-enactments and things like "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" at Disney.


And the script is brilliant, too. Particularly in terms of Lincoln's dialogue. His speech patterns, use of idioms, his penchant for storytelling.
There's a great scene which got a laugh, when they're all gathered around the telegraph waiting for word of the attack on Wilmington. Lincoln starts into another story, Bruce McGill as Secretary Stanton storms out "oh no! No, I will not listen to another one of your stories!"
 
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