Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Lincoln. Courtesy of Disney Pictures
With the USA battling through election pangs this year, it’s fitting that we take a look back to what a great president like “Honest” Abraham Lincoln can do for their country. In Steven Spielberg’s latest historical epic, we follow Abe as he fiercely battles the confederates and most of the nation to rid the United States of Slavery.
Daniel Day-Lewis is absolutely brilliant as the 16th president. His performance is packed with a special blend of both subtlety and power – The kind of which only great actors can deliver. The supporting cast keeps close to Lewis’ charisma, with Sally Field leading the charge.
Spielberg has nothing left to prove in his career, yet shows no complacency in his direction of Tony Kushner’s excellent adapted screenplay. There is a constant tension throughout the film that is perfectly broken with rich comedic relief from the statuesque president himself.
As far as cinematography is concerned, this is some of the best the Hollywood has offered this year.
My only minute criticism is toward the sheer quantity of names being thrown at you. It can lead to confusion when you’re trying to decipher whom the characters are referring to scene after scene.
Again, that is just a tiny blemish in this phenomenal film that will light up the Academy ballots come 2014.
Bottom Line: Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis are a winning combination in this must see taste of American history.
Runtime: 149 minutes
Don Cherry’s story continues in Wrath of Grapes II. Courtesy of eOne Entertainment
Without a doubt, the most recognizable broadcast face, voice and flamboyant wardrobe in Canadian hockey is the one and only Don “Grapes” Cherry. Cherry’s momentous rise to broadcast fandom continues its tale in Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II, now available on DVD.
In the sequel to the first series, Wrath of Grapes II takes us from Cherry’s last days of coaching the Boston Bruins, right up to his current days on Coaches Corner during Hockey Night in Canada. Interspersed in his mature years are his recollections of his youth and how his past has affected him as an adult.
It’s hard for anyone not to become wrapped up in the life story of a man who has dominated Canadian sports broadcasting for the last three decades. The production team did a wonderful job of convincingly recreating the multitude of eras while keeping the story tight.
Jared Kesso (I Love You Beth Cooper) does an eerily incredible job of portraying the legendary coach. Not only did he get Cherry’s physicality down, but his voice imitation is uncannily spot on. Close your eyes and you’ll think its Don himself yelling at you.
For the DVD release, the three hour long feature delivers solid audio and video quality. On top of this, an intriguing Behind-The-Scenes featurette is included that takes you through most every aspect of the production.
Bottom Line: For fans and newcomers, you’ll enjoy every second of Cherry’s rocky story from brilliant coach to sensational broadcaster.
Runtime: Approx. 180 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1