I saw Lincoln last night. Passing the 13th Amendment was sausage making. Depicting it a movie is a challenge that Spielberg didn’t meet, IMHO. It is tedious and does have jabs against our side. When the credits revealed it is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s writing, it was an “ah ha” moment. I love Day-Lewis’s acting, but it isn’t enough to win me on this one.
One of his worst movies was Amistad…dry and legalistic.Sounds like the same thing here.
In Goodwin’s book(about 600 pages),the bit about the 13th Amendment takes about 6 pages.The most touching part is about Seward and his near death experience,and how he surmised that Lincoln was dead.Did the film show that?
The whole film was the power struggle re: 13th Amendment power struggle.
Haven’t seen Lincoln yet, but Doris’ book is a great read and fairly balanced. She even digressed to explain the difference between a conservative position antebellum versus the 21st century definition. And she poked holes in the Lincoln/gay lunacy that was all the rage right before the book came out.
I would lay any slams against modern conservatives at the feet of the screenwriter
Amusing point,Floyd.She mentions the circuit riding in Illinois and how the lawyers had to sleep two or three to a bed…except David Davis,whose 300 pounds got him his own bed.
I had in mind the Three Stooges’ schtick where they’re all bunking down and the snoring, tossing and turning, etc.
Snore … Phew … EEEEBBBBBBBBBB
There was one scene that showed Lincoln’s son in a bed adjacent to another soldier’s. It clearly depicts the close proximity of the two men (they might even have been in the same bed), but was also clear that the situation has to do with logistics, convenience, practicality for the times, not homosexuality.
I haven’t read her book (and it’s not likely that I will), so I can’t defend against it. I reject her because she has lost her credibility in my world.
As with that other Civil War movie, Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, I see, hear, and smell the rats. I’ll be in my bunker.
More than likely Mary Surratt was a conspiritor.
This ma agrees.
The illustrious Jesse Jackson was quoted as saying the other day, that automatic weapons can blow up railroads! With my railroad experience, I would have to answer that with a resounding, “Not bloody f-ing likely!”
Coffee, krullers, and, as you can see above, quotes! Hey…it’s poetry! I didn’t say it was pretty!
Free spirits, every one. “Keep your hands off my body [unless you've hit the paypal button]”
They will take VISA, Mastercard and ATM…No Diner’s Club!
Do they take Dominican Pesos? Senator Menendez wants to know.
I watched a special on the Sunset Limited 1993 Big Bayou Canot train wreck yesterday.
It takes more than an automatic weapon to blow up railroads.
But an automatic weapon could blow someone’s brains out … if he had any.
I saw that too TCR. Horrible set of circumstances leading to disaster!
It was just awful, awful, but led to multiple regulation changes to prevent its happening again. The poor tugboat captain surely suffered. It was fair that he was found to have no criminal culpability.
I agree. He was a victim as well, and has to live with his unknowing mistake the rest of his life!
“There are plenty of reasons Texas has been named the best state for doing business for eight years running,” Perry says in the radio spot, crediting its low taxes, pro-industry regulations and limits on lawsuits.
“Brown rejected that. He told reporters that everyone “with half a brain” is coming to California, home of Apple, Google and Hollywood studios.”
Didn’t Apple recently expand in Texas and isn’t Hollywood beating feet to other states and countries to produce their films and television shows? Just askin’
I’m waiting for my scheduled lobotomy to be covered by ubamacare so that I can stay here.
It’s so beautiful to look at from sunny California, but I know it can be a dread for those within it. I hope you are “shovel ready” & safe.
The roads are plowed, the driveway’s clear, the stores are all open, so we can’t complain.
My sister lives in Sunny California. She sends me pictures of palm trees and beautiful beaches. I send her pictures of fall leaves and winter snow – both are beautiful, but we have to work harder.
That work pays off in character. A Floridian told me how odd it was for us New Englanders down here to sit out on our porches in the heat of summer, and cold of winter, while they retreat to AC and heat indoors. We’re used to both extremes up there, and can function in either one.
I think you’re right Matt.
Your home looks idyllic.
Thank you TCL. My husband, who calls himself a carpenter (I call him a very talented craftsman), built our house from cellar to roof by himself at the age of twenty-eight. The only work he didn’t do was plumbing and wiring. He built all our beautiful kitchen cabinetry from walnut trees which he had cleared from the property and had milled. He built all our casework. Fortunately, for our five kids and I, we were able to build a business together (hear me Obama) where he designed and built custom cabinets, bars etc. and I took care of the home and the book keeping and billing. We lived the American dream.
All that and five kids? I praise you!!
Meanwhile, we’re sitting here in “Rancho Nevada” freezing our tookuses off burning the fireplace to stay warm. C’mon 110 and summer!!!
I’ll remind you of this next August, luv.
Without meaning to create a huge “huzz factor”…I can always get naked enough to stay cool in summer, but can never put on enough clothes to stay warm in the winter!
Sorry if you have an unerasable visual over that!
Uh oh. I’m watching FNC and Ms. Molina says it’s windy in the South. I hope those people are used to wind.
A friend of mine reports that the tornado sirens are active at Fort Rucker, AL…so the latina weather guesser is correct in that regard.
Uh oh. I hope those people at Fort Rucker are used to sirens.