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MILK

Posted by Maureen Thursday, February 26, 2009 Labels: , , , ,

So good.

Yeah, go see it.

One of the most fascinating and tragic things about this film is how contemporary it is. For example, just the other night I watched "Changeling" (see previous post) which was tragic, but it took place almost 90 years ago and so it's kind of like, "That's horrible but times have changed and thank goodness it's not that way anymore." Or often it's a similar experience when you learn about some international atrocity--it's that same sense of "that's horrible but it's so far away," (even if that's not the most honest and truthful response, it's the one we all have). But with this film. These things took place--these extreme human rights violations--right here in the US only 20 years ago. And they continue to take place, if only off the record (as many other violations do as well). So it was powerful in a more recent kind of way. And phenomenal as far as a film goes--of course, per his Oscar, Sean Penn was incredible.




That's all I'll say about that. Go see it if you get a chance, rent it immediately if you don't.

2 comments:

kimberly said...

I LOVED this movie. I agree. so good. out of the five, slumdog millionaire was definitely my favorite, but this was a very close second. so well made, such a moving story. I completely agree with the contemporary label you gave it--even thought it was 30 years ago it seemed like it was so very relevant still today. lots of the stuff we've been talking about at church lately.. and sean penn? YES. wonderful. great movie.

Nate said...

It is a great movie and an incredible story. If you want to read a book that continues where Harvey Milk left off, check out 'And the Band Played On,' by Randy Shilts. (I know we've discussed it, Maux.) It's focuses on the HIV/AIDS crisis and it's harrowing beginnings in the gay community. It's one of the best books I've read, and Harvey Milk shadows throughout. Apparently Shilts also has a new book about Milk out too.