Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln, How Was the Play?
Occasionally the planets align and something that I happen to take a natural liking to becomes popular with mainstream culture. For example – I love a nice loose-fitting pant. I often wear them in the privacy of my own home whilst binge eating and now, thanks to simply changing their name from “fatty fatty boom boom time pants” to “harem pants,” it’s suddenly socially acceptable to wear them outside. Ditto for my favorite old-lady classic, the housecoat, which now due to divine intervention, is considered borderline trendy when you synch it at the waist, say it’s “vintage” and mumble something about an Olsen twin. The key is that you can neither be rocking slippers nor shuffling down the street with rollers in your hair at the same time as wearing said housecoat or you’ll be revealed as a style imposter.
I also enjoy reading much more than the average person and now it’s cool thanks Oprah’s book Club… Let me re-phrase: I enjoy staying in on Saturday nights to read much more than the average mid-twenties gal. Thank goodness I’m allergic to cats or I would clutching a one-way ticket to cat lady land. But affinity for felines or not, some would argue it’s cool to be into books. And the “some” I’m referring to is, of course, my mother and my imaginary friends.
The L.T. As Taste Maker Phenomenon (or LTATMP as the experts call it for short) could also be seen when I said, sometime around 1999, “Hey people, stripes are cool! Celine Dion is cool! History is cool!” Then, lo and behold, J.Crew grows an empire based on nautical looks, Celine gets a ninety-year contract pounding her chest in Vegas, and finally Robert Redford directs a historical drama. See, there was an EPIX tie-in just waiting to bust it’s way through the two paragraphs of utter bologna above.
The Conspirator is the kind of movie I would make if anyone gave a damn about the kind of movie a housecoat-wearing nerd would want to make. It’s a historical film, (Earth to screenwriters – some of the best material can be found in a 4th grade text book), but has an all-star cast, which is clearly the best of both worlds. Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline and Justin Long are just a few of the many stars. The Mac guy (and Drew Barrymore’s ex) is pretty cool but he is topped by Jim True-Frost, an actor who hasn’t been in a big blockbuster since the late 90’s but has such an exceptional double last name that he earns top billing.
The film is about President Lincoln’s assassination and the no-good-dirty-rotten-scoundrels, scallywags and menaces to society that plotted it. Yup, it wasn’t just John Wilkes Booth who did the deed – many people, including a woman, were charged with planning the attack and ruining a perfectly lovely off-Broadway rendition of “Jersey Boys.” Ok, that last part was historically inaccurate – the Lincolns were actually going to see “Mamma Mia!”
The film is released today – check it out and leave a comment below telling me what you thought. Think Redford purposefully coincided the release date with taxes being due in an attempt to play into everyone’s love/hate relationship with the government?
In the mean time, be sure to look at our movie page for the entire collection of behind the scenes clips you can’t find anywhere else.