Within the decided limits of a Hollywood blockbuster, Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln presents a nonheroic version of the 16th president. Though some iconic images are carefully polished—Lincoln as folksy storyteller and as lonely bearer of the ravages of war—the film focuses on Lincoln as wily politician, twisting arms and trading favors.
Super 8, written and directed by J. J. Abrams of Lost and Alias
fame, is a curious film that gets curiouser and curiouser as it goes
along. It's the first time I have ever seen a cinematic homage to a
filmmaker who is actually in the film's credits.
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