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Old 10-01-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default The Green Blade Rises (Another Abe Lincoln movie)

Yes, ANOTHER Abe Lincoln movie. Don't really know what's going on with all these movies and books about him all of a sudden.
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September 28, 2012 – Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) and Brit Marling (Another Earth) have joined The Green Blade Rises, the feature film about Abraham Lincoln’s formative years, with a cast that also includes Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) and Jason Clarke (Public Enemies), who play Lincoln’s step-mother and father. Wes Bentley will play the future President’s first teacher and Brit Marling will play Nancy, his biological mother who withstood the challenges of pioneer life.

The Green Blade Rises tells the untold story of the youth of America’s greatest hero. It chronicles the hardships that shaped him, including abandonment by his father in the harsh winter wilderness, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women who guided him to immortality, putting him on the path to becoming one of the most influential Presidents in United States history.

The Green Blade Rises is the directorial debut of AJ Edwards, who also wrote the original screenplay, and is produced by Terrence Malick (The Tree Of Life), Nicolas Gonda (The Tree Of Life) and Charley Beil (To The Wonder) with Joseph Krigsfeld, Jason Krigsfeld and Suzanne Deal Booth as executive producers and Jake DeVito is co-producer. AJ Edwards has worked with Terrence Malick on three of his films including To The Wonder, The Tree Of Life and The New World. He got his start as an editorial intern on Malick’s The New World and served as the editor on his most recent film To The Wonder.

Margery Simkin (Avatar) is the Casting Director and the Production Designer is Caroline Hanania (Serendipity). Hank Corwin (The Tree Of Life) is the film’s Editor. Christopher Tandon (Kill Bill) is the Art Director and Lisa Tomczeszyn (X-Men: The Last Stand) serves as the Costume Designer. The music in The Green Blade Rises is composed by Zbigniew Preisner (The Secret Garden).

The Green Blade Rises is being produced in association with Brothers K.
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We've had an Abe Lincoln film, we've had an Abe Lincoln film fighting vampires, we've had an Abe Lincoln film fighting Zombies. Now we have Abe Lincoln up against his toughest enemy yet...BATMAN!!!
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:40 AM   #3
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We've had an Abe Lincoln film, we've had an Abe Lincoln film fighting vampires, we've had an Abe Lincoln film fighting Zombies. Now we have Abe Lincoln up against his toughest enemy yet...BATMAN!!!
But we haven't had an Abe Lincoln film fighting aliens.
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Nothing will top this Honest Abe portrayal

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To depict the hardships of future president Abraham Lincoln's log-cabin coming-of-age in rural Indiana in the early 19th century is a worthy idea for a film, but it is squandered amidst thinly developed ideas and overbearing directorial impersonation in The Better Angels. Understand, writer and director A. J. Edwards is a disciple of art-house veteran Terrence Malick. He served as an artistic consultant on The Tree of Life and co-edited To the Wonder. In his directorial debut, Edwards does nothing to establish his own style or voice. Instead, he simply copies, replicates, and otherwise lifts from his master without mercy. It is at once sad and a bit amusing. Noticing the overt stylistic gestures—the ant's-eye-view of trees reaching for the heavens, the montages of people twirling in fields, the blend of solemn voice-over and thunderous orchestral music—becomes far more engaging than contemplating Abraham Lincoln and his presumably formative childhood experiences.

Compounding the problem is Edwards' curious disinterest in Lincoln as a human being with a personality, a sense of humor, or any distinctive characteristics, even ones still coalescing as he grows from a child to a teenager. Perhaps it is fear, a belief his film must hop from detached ellipsis to detached ellipsis lest austere credibility be sacrificed. But spare me. Neither the character's first name nor his surname are ever mentioned. (So cute! So coy!) Others mention how special and wise he is, how advanced he is for his age, yet he says perhaps ten words in the film and is often shown staring into the distance absentmindedly. As a Portrait of the President as a Young Man, The Better Angels' noncommittal and pretentious abstraction is frustrating. The closest the film comes to a center, to a heart, is an early maternal transition: Abraham's birth mother (Brit Marling) abruptly dies, and his taciturn father (a grunting Jason Clarke) rides to town for a while and returns with a second wife (Diane Kruger). Any intriguing domestic tension is undermined, however, because neither woman is a well-drawn character. The talented actresses are simply utilized as ornamental sprites. When they are twirling in the aforementioned fields, they could also be the same person. Sadly, this is a film with next to nothing of substance to say regarding its subject and no new visual ideas to obscure its intellectual and thematic deficiencies.

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