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  1. alex in boston says

    Andy I also screened the Film in Boston this week – and i was totally taken aback by Sean’s acting – definitely Best Actor Award – and the movie was outstanding in its historical approach to the times of Harvey Milk – what i found most profound was how little time he actually served in his capacity of City Supervisor juxtaposed to the time he spent working for his seat…. And i had forgotten about the ” defense ” Dan Whites’ attorneys used!!!! I also felt James Franco did an outstanding job as Harvey’s Boyfriend – though even for NYC i found their first meeting to be a tad over the top…… I do understand that it will be released at Christmas which does give GLBT Americans something to watch during the holidays and in the midst of dozens of “Holiday Movies”…… Definitely plan to see this! I do agree we need a Harvey Milk for these times and i do not see one on the horizon…

  2. DCposter says

    I also saw the film yesterday, and given the current political climate after the passage of Prop 8, I think the takeaway is particularly timely and important: Keep fighting. And when you loose, fight harder.

  3. AED says

    David Poland over at the Hot Blog (and others) are wondering why Focus didn’t try and release this film BEFORE November 4th, as it would have been star-worthy enough for people who voted against Prop 8 to see it and maybe rethink their position.

  4. says

    All true! As a journalist are you not concerned that this film would have done MORE good if it had been released prior to the election? With days of rage about Prop 8, the mittens about this film are unbelievable…and while Hollywood Reporter does review this film, you hands, your typing hands are tied from an embargo? Surely, this film would have done good providing a catalyst to action regarding Prop 8. I rather think its a shame, for whatever reason that this didn’t happen.

  5. Man says

    Furthermore
    Here are some thoughts on the film:
    The vintage films shown in the beginning of the film are amazing. What this film does is remind us just how far we have come from police raids on gay bars, and how secretive it was to be homosexual in the 50s.
    Sean Penn is stunning as Harvey Milk.
    Diego Luna’s Jack Lira is a caricature. And herein lies the real problem with Milk: there is little emotional connection other than the historical events. This true of the film as a whole, in the end, you are quite shocked by the murder but it lacks huge, 5 hanky emotion. Had this film’s focus been a love story, especially the relationship between Milk and Scott Smith, the ending would have been devastating. The same could be said of Jack Lira-shocking but not particularly emotional.
    The street riot scenes are too long. We get it. Had Van Sant exchanged fifteen minutes of street for the emotional side of Harvey Milk, the movie would have far greater impact. And finally, with the exception of the ending of this film, it really lacks directorial style. It is so straight-forward, so without nuance cinematically, that I had ask, “what is Gus Van Sant known for?”
    Van Sant did a good job, I wish it had been great.

  6. says

    Re “gay is the new black”:

    “The barometer of where one is on human rights questions is no longer the black community, it’s the gay community. Because it is the community which is most easily mistreated.”
    — Bayard Rustin , organizer of the 1963 March on Washington

  7. SS says

    Why is it Holywood’s job to incite anger in the LGBT community. Shouldn’t we know our own history? We have a large percentage of our coommunity more concerned about what to wear to the next circuit party and how they are going to pay for the full boat ticket than equal rights. LGBT rights only become an issue when they realize that the folks they were depending on to “take care of it” couldn’t pull it off. The horror!

  8. David B. says

    to Chris L —

    that is the truth — I knew a straight lady once who said — the gays are the litmus test — if a politician knows how to vote on gay and lesbian issues –they will know how to vote on most other issues.

    She called us the litmus test and it’s truer now than before Nov 4.

  9. David B. says

    to Chris L —

    that is the truth — I knew a straight lady once who said — the gays are the litmus test — if a politician knows how to vote on gay and lesbian issues –they will know how to vote on most other issues.

    She called us the litmus test and it’s truer now than before Nov 4.

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