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Lincoln’s Lost Opportunities
National Review Online, by Mark Joseph

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/22/2013 5:09:29 PM

By Hollywood standards, Lincoln has done respectable business at the box office and Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance as America’s 16th president is stunning, but a botched marketing campaign and a lack of ideological diversity among those who made the film have left tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars on the table — money that could have lined the coffers of legendary director Steven Spielberg and his partners, Disney and 20th Century Fox. First, there was the team that brought forth this film about the president who founded the Republican party, a team led by the blue-state heroes Steven Spielberg,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Starlady, 2/22/2013 5:22:24 PM     (No. 9191477)

On the plus side this might appeal to LIVs who may not even know we had a President Lincoln. Hopefully there is some intellectual benefit to seeing the movie.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Balogreene, 2/22/2013 5:34:19 PM     (No. 9191491)

I did see Lincoln. I did not pay much attention to who reviewed it, I took the word of friends I trust. I don´t watch tv, so didn´t see the publicity tours. None of that would have made a difference, I would have gone.

I don´t like the language, don´t use it, but if I didn´t go to movies with foul language, I wouldn´t go to many movies. And I just don´t think my taking a stand would make a difference to Spieberg.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bison65, 2/22/2013 5:37:43 PM     (No. 9191494)

Except to take the grandson to a family friendly movie, we rarely go. We also do not watch any network TV.
The agenda driven by Hollywood and the rest of the MSM is something we can avoid and do.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 2/22/2013 5:41:45 PM     (No. 9191500)

I don´t think the writer is looking in the right direction. Those responsible for this film have all the money they will ever need. They are engaged in political propaganda and historical revisionism. The goal is to keep racial divisions alive, capture Abraham Lincoln for the Left, and to advance the Obama cult of personality. Obama, we remember, actually sees himself as another Lincoln. (The ideological agenda also explains the otherwise odd anachronism of juvenile potty mouth in the dialogue. Public obscenity, vulgarity and blasphemy are the mating calls of the sophomoric Left.)

I cannot imagine why anyone would even think of exposing themselves or their family to such material, much less paying through the nose for the privilege of doing so.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 2/22/2013 5:57:18 PM     (No. 9191523)

Fact: Lincoln and his family were suicidal. Read: A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, by Ghaemi.

And you were wondering how the US got into a civil war?!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: msjena, 2/22/2013 6:15:15 PM     (No. 9191550)

I decided not to see it after I read that Tony Kushner wrote the script. He is a gay playwright who wrote Angels in America (about the AIDs crisis, gay Mormons and people like Roy Cohn who were dead and no longer around to defend themselves), a truly bad play that, of course, got rave reviews from the New York Times, etc.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: msjena, 2/22/2013 6:19:00 PM     (No. 9191559)

And there is a movie out now that is suitable for pre-teens and up--Les Miserables. The libs from the New Yorker, etc., panned it, probably because it mentioned God too many times. The Academy is snubbing it in the Oscar voting (and snubbed the director, not even nominating him), despite it being a huge box office hit and the fans´ favorite.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Namma, 2/22/2013 6:23:10 PM     (No. 9191567)

Wont be seeing the movie. and why would anyone think obama is like Lincoln. does everyone forget that the civil war was about States Rights...abolishing slavery was a "by product"

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 2/22/2013 6:39:22 PM     (No. 9191583)

After a week marked by intense partisan bickering, LaHood again put the pressure on Republicans to find a way out of the impasse -- even going so far as to compare President Obama to Abraham Lincoln.
"Go see the movie ´Lincoln´," LaHood said, in a message to congressional Republicans. He said Lincoln brought people together in "the way I believe President Obama is doing."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/22/administration-ramps-up-budget-cut-warnings/#ixzz2LfrzgPrW

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pickle1, 2/22/2013 7:29:22 PM     (No. 9191636)

If Hollywood once tell the truth, I might go to see their movies.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: octrojan, 2/22/2013 8:06:04 PM     (No. 9191664)

You should go see the movie. It´s pretty good. I´m guessing the low attendance is do more to it being very talky and not having much action. Yes, it´s annoying to have to listen to that dolt Doris Goodwin preening in the media, but it´s worth seeing. Shows what pygmies we have running the country today.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Husker Infidel, 2/22/2013 8:51:39 PM     (No. 9191704)

I decided not to see the movie because of Spielberg´s snide remark about Republicans and because that Marxist Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay. Those people have enough money. They don´t need any money from me. I did see Les Miserables and I thought it was great.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: texaspast, 2/22/2013 11:14:38 PM     (No. 9191800)

#7, the problem with movie Les Miz is the same as movie Phantom of the Opera - putting lousy-singing actors in to parts written for great singers. Hugh Jackman acted the part fantastically - singing, fingernails on the chalkboard. OWWW! He was BAD! OK, the Thenardiers (Sascha Baron Cohen & Helen Bonham Carter) did a good job, but they were comic relief and didn´t have to sing well! Russell Crowe gravelling through ´Stars´ - good job unless you know what the song COULD sound like performed by a good singer. Ann Hathaway was the only surprise with ´I Dreamed a Dream´ - she should receive an Oscar nomination just for the song itself.

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