Long before the NSA was even an idea, Abraham Lincoln was using the technology of his time to spy on American citizens in a far more intrusive manner than the NSA could ever dream. Okay, so it was during the Civil War and Lincoln went to extraordinary, near dictatorial lengths to gain the upper hand over the Confederacy, and the life of the country was literally on the line (as opposed to today’s great fits of exaggeration), but at least the NSA can say there’s a precedent for their spying.
Exactly 150 years ago today, on January 1 1863, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, freeing the slaves in the rebellious southern states and laying the groundwork for a complete abolition of slavery in the United States. And 150 years later, America’s first black president marked the historic anniversary.
Lincoln, the Steven Spielberg helmed film chronicling the last four months of our sixteenth president’s life is in theatres now, and it’s getting quite the praise. In a sea of horror flicks and over the top action films, a biography of the best president to sport a chinstrap might seem out of place, but those looking for a more serious film will finally have something to watch. So how does it do? Does it do the president justice, or should the film be emancipated?
Vampires have really gotten a bad rap over the past few years. Whether it be through horrible teenage dramas neutering the mythical creatures, or through mediocre sequels to lame franchises, the once fearsome creatures have lost a bit of their edge. Enter Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on the fake historical accounts of our 16th president this film really tries to make vampires awesome again. But how does it do? Is it a great summer flick, or should it take a stake through the heart?