Viola Davis Wears Her Natural Hair as she intros Day-Lewis

Whenever I see that beautiful afro on Viola Davis I am reminded of her subtle rebellion against the need to blend in to appeal to industry voters who really only see one kind of woman.  She did it at the Oscars and she’s done it again last night. Also, Daniel Day-Lewis...
Posted On 28 Jan 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis in the Lincoln Bedroom

Nov. 15, 2012 “We had just watched the movie ‘Lincoln’ in the White House theatre with the director, screenwriter and many of the actors attending. Later, the President invited Daniel Day-Lewis upstairs to see the Lincoln Bedroom in the private residence. Here...
Posted On 03 Jan 2013

What President Obama Learned from Lincoln

As person of the year, President Obama was asked about the film, Lincoln: I wanted to ask you, Mr. President, about the film Lincoln. We know that you gathered a group to see it here. And for me watching that movie, it was as if I had spent three hours with Lincoln. And I...
Posted On 19 Dec 2012

SBIFF to Honor Daniel Day-Lewis with Montecito Award

Lincoln is now officially the highest grossing film of Daniel Day-Lewis’ career. If you adjust for inflation, it comes in second. Now, the Santa Barbara Film Fest will honor him with the Montecito Award, which I will hopefully witness in person. The Santa Barbara...
Posted On 18 Dec 2012

Top Fifteen Performances of 2012 and Their Supporting Players

1. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln. There might not be another actor alive who would devote many months just to find Lincoln’s voice. Fewer still who could take what history told us about him, subtract the multitude of falsely deep Lincoln voices because they sounded “more...
Posted On 07 Dec 2012

“Masterpiece,” Declares the New York Times as Lincoln Enters the Race with the Best Reviews of the Year

Because movies are mostly disappointing these days you sometimes forget why there are film critics at all, until a movie like Lincoln comes along. It takes awareness of both history and film history to appreciate Lincoln. It takes an attention span and a curiosity about life in...
Posted On 09 Nov 2012

“Lyrical, grand and immersive,” Lincoln scores an A from EW

EW’s Owen Gleiberman says Speilberg’s Lincoln, scripted by Tony Kushner, “is one of the most authentic biographical dramas I’ve ever seen.” As the title character of Steven Spielberg’s solemnly transfixing Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis is tall and...
Posted On 04 Nov 2012

Day-Lewis to Win Third Oscar, O’Neil Proclaims

Over at Gold Derby, Tom O’Neil has seen Lincoln and says the Oscar for Best Actor is over: Move over, Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman. Daniel Day-Lewis is about to join you in the pantheon of Oscar’s second-biggest winners. After...
Posted On 12 Oct 2012