Holy crap! This is late. LOL. I got caught up in the excitement of the Oscars, I completely forgot about posting this.
Inside Job (Charles H. Ferguson) ***1/2 - Despite having been raised by two people who worked in banks, I know next to nothing about financial stuff (math scares me - why else would I be into the arts? LOL) so one of the things which this film does quite successfully is to turn potentially confusing, complex financial banking principles understandable for the lay man while at the same time crafting a compelling narrative (and cinematic too) about the global economic collapse of 2008 and the fall out. It's one of those films which got me royally pissed off and outraged being the bleeding heart liberal that I am.
Lincoln (Steven Spielberg) **** - Calling this simply self-important "Oscar bait" is kind of doing it a disservice. The film about Lincoln's struggle to pass the 13th amendment of the U.S. constitution that abolishes slavery may sound like a history lesson but director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner manages to make a talky historical period piece into a rather gripping, rousing and even moving and thrilling drama. Spielberg's direction and Kushner's writing is a magical combination. And what puts this over-the-top is the terrific central performance of Daniel Day-Lewis who simply wows as Lincoln. If that's not enough, Spielberg populated the cast with an all-star ensemble of character actors who manages to make an impression not make simply just the Daniel Day-Lewis show. This is top-flight Spielberg for sure.