LINCOLN (2012), Directed by Steven Spielberg (Screener)

Not a flawless film, but certainly an excellent one. Everyone else has gone on about how great it is to see a figure as towering as Spielberg exercise restraint…and they’re right. The screenplay by Tony Kushner would have made a wonderful film in many hands, but that shouldn’t take away from the stellar work Spielberg turned in here. Everyone else is also talking about how obviously Daniel Day-Lewis is assured his next Oscar for this, though I take a bit of issue with that. My vote remains with Joaquin Phoenix’s Freddie Quell. Also, I want to see David Costabile in everything. That dude’s face is so open and expressive – if you’re making a movie, he’s a great card to have up your sleeve.

Project Status – 6:4

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