January 12, 2013
Lincoln - AMC Essex Green CInema Suites
Mike: We haven't been back to the AMC Cinema Suites since Hunger Games came out, so we were excited that another loooong movie was coming out that would allow us to take full advantage of the ultra-comfortable seating at Cinema Suites. We brought my parents for a lunchtime screening of Lincoln. As usual, we tried to get there a bit early to at least get our orders in and get our food before the movie started. Since last time we were here, AMC has done away with the complimentary chocolate-covered popcorn before the show and Ghirardelli chocolate mints afterwards, but the comfortable reserved seating and solid menu still make Cinema Suites a great deal. I just wish they'd bring one of these to New York City, so I don't have to go all the way to New Jersey. I know there's the Nitehawk, and there's two Alamo Drafthouses coming to NYC, but the best part of Cinema Suites is really the comfortable reclining seats.
I know I'm in the minority, not being blown away by Spielberg's Lincoln. I found it to be too talky, too post-West Wing. I think it's a very good film, so I'm in the situation of trying to explain why I didn't love it as much as, seemingly, everyone else - which is silly. But as an example, I point you to the voting scene, where votes are cast in embarrassing cliches, one after another. I dare anyone not to cringe when Michael Stuhlbarg screams out his choice.
Erica: I felt like I was in a two and a half hour history class. I enjoyed seeing this movie in reclining seats though. Lincoln has gotten lots of Oscar nominations, I, like Mike, was not blown away by this movie. I am not saying it was bad, just not amazing. I am sure Lewis will win the Oscar for playing Lincoln because that is how the Academy works. I never seem to like the movies that the Academy ultimately chooses on the big day. I think I will be one of the few not cheering when this scoops up a lot of awards at the Oscars. If you want one big history class about Lincoln in two and a half hours, you can watch this movie.
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