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Chickflix Movie Marathon: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

(Update: This is a marathon for all seasons)

It’s winter! Time to hibernate in front of the big-screen TV with a hot drink, a bowl of popcorn, and a stack of movies. In the spirit of the season, we offer up this first in what may be a series of suggested movie marathons. So, without further ado, the inaugural ‘Chickflix Movie Marathon Mix’ is… a celebration of Joseph Gordon-Levitt!

That’s right. JGL. He wowed us this year with his versatility in a variety of leading and supporting roles…

… as an idealistic Gotham City cop in the epic The Dark Knight Rises.

… as a time-traveling hitman in the sci-fi thriller Looper.

… as a NYC bike messenger pursued by a dirty cop in Premium Rush.

… as honest Abe’s son Robert in the historical blockbuster Lincoln.

Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis is the real reason to see Lincoln. He is without doubt the best actor on the planet. He doesn’t act — he becomes. All the portrayals of Lincoln before by many fine actors from Walter Huston to Henry Fonda to Brendan Fraser pale in comparison. And there have been more movies about Lincoln than any other President for good reason. He was a fascinating man in command at one of our country’s darkest times, and he was a masterful politician in every way. No wonder Spielberg decided to take a whack at telling it again. And he was smart not to do the “from the log cabin to the theater” history lesson that we have all seen before.

The Conspirator

Seems I am destined to watch period movies centered on wronged women. My second of the weekend is Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, which tells the true story of Mary Surratt who was accused of helping plot Lincoln’s assassination. Robin Wright (formerly Penn) plays Surratt, the only woman charged in the conspiracy along with 6 men and the first woman executed by the US government. James McAvoy plays Frederick Aiken the young lawyer who reluctantly took her case.