Lincoln Review

You will never so intimately witness the endurance of the righteous men who sought the abolishment of slavery and the events that stood between its deliverance as in Lincoln. Spielberg’s Lincoln is not only an intricate political story of those events, but a moving and often disturbing portrayal of the men who contributed their lives to end the most ruthless war in American history.


The opening scene, the battle of Jenkins Ferry, is nothing but callous butchery. As the film’s only brief battle scene, it is enough to authenticate this era of human suffering. To demand any more scenes of bloodshed from this film would take emphasis away from the true intentions of the plot, which is to portray the political struggle of indoctrinating the 13th amendment.

War, family, politics, and how they are all conjoined within Lincoln’s story gives this film a number of different dimensions. Captured as a wise, caring, compromising, but above all a dedicated man, Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance as the iconic leader is certainly a believable one. It is a romanticism, but a merited one with historical accuracy. As Lincoln talks with representatives, soldiers, commoners and family, his character only grows more profound and inspirational. Though he is centred as an icon, Lincoln’s anecdotal humour manages to ground his magnitude, and is primarily the only humour to be sought in this dramatic picture.

You will not need a comprehensive understanding of politics to enjoy Lincoln, though political jargon can become overbearing. Scenes set within the House of Representatives are enthralling and are among the most moving throughout the entire film.  Spearheaded by Lee Pace as Fernando Wood, a charismatic anti-abolitionist, and Tommy Lee Jones, who plays Thaddeus Stevens, a sharp tonged and radical republican, you’ll witness a palpable tension and chemistry between the two. As they discuss the true meaning of the first amendment, that ‘all men are created equal’ Tommy Lee Jones’s performance and speech directed towards the opposition is a pinnacle moment in the film.

A whole nation waits as the telegraph clicks, communicating casted votes as they’re cast to determine whether millions shall be freed or remain in brutal oppression. Although the outcome is known, the tension is real, and you’ll share the relief of an entire continent upon hearing the 13th amendment’s final placement in the U.S constitution. And at this moment as a viewer you’ll catch a glimpse of what it meant to be free. But as a human being you might just feel its impact shudder through your entire family history, moral conscience, and your life today.

- Words by Guy Hirst

Official Trailer for LINCOLN Movie @lincolnmovie

There’s a new “must watch movie” movie added to my list of to-do’s and it’s called LINCOLN. This movie will hit limited theaters on November 9th and everywhere November 16, 2012.  Since this is a great looking movie with a topic that has my high interest I wanted to share some information with you.

First, the Official Trailer for LINCOLN

Second, the Google Hangout with Interview with Steven Spielberg

Like LINCOLN on Facebook. Follow LINCOLN on Twitter and Visit the Official LINCOLN website to learn more about this movie.


Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” 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.

During President Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office, he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery.

How many of you will be heading to theaters in November to catch this film?

Memorial Day Plans Anyone?

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend and I do not have my children so I have been thinking and thinking of what to do. One thing is an event happening in Manchester NH called The Sky Show but I just read news it was canceled so I guess that blows that plan out of the water!

Another event I just heard about from JuiceBoxJungle is an event in Jackson, NH. I don’t know how far that town is from me, but the event is called Wildquack Duck River Festival.  I guess there is roughly 3,500 rubber duckies sent out on the Wildcat River to take a nice ride, that would totally be awesome for my kids to see which means I certainly will be sharing this event with my daughters Dad and my sons father too! Maybe the kids will get to experience this event with their Dad’s!

Another event JuiceBoxJungle mentioned is called Ferndale Cross-Country Kinetic Sculpture Race located in Arcata, California. Every year on Memorial Day free-spirited artists race for 3 days from Arcata to Ferndale in huge crazy looking sculptures. The mobile art must be entirely people powered, must measure no more than 8 by 14 feet, and cannot be dangerous! Otherwise, anything goes, from giant watermelons to amphibious armadillos.

Other than the sky show I had hope to attend I will get to eat outside, mow my lawn and get some work done. I am hoping the sun is going to be out like it has been the past few days so I can catch some more sun rays! My tan is coming along nice and I hope to further the tan this weekend!

Question for Thought: What are you doing this Memorial Day weekend?

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