Big upcoming gay movie: Milk

  • EricLA

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    Sep 03, 2008 7:51 PM GMT
    Milk, to open this Fall and directed by openly gay director Gus Van Sant (whose best known film was probably Good Will Hunting), is the biggest movie to come out from the studios since Brokeback Mountain.

    I hope you're all up on you gay history that Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay elected officials, a City Supervisor in San Francisco, who was gunned down along with the mayor, by a former supervisor Dan White in 1978.

    This movie has been a long time coming. Sean Penn's performance looks amazing, but I think you'll enjoy some of his fellow cast members, as well:

    http://www.apple.com/trailers/focus_features/milk/
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    Sep 03, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
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    Sep 03, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    It actually looks good! Looking forward to seeing it.
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    Sep 03, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    It's about both Milk and the former Mayor named Mascone as well. There is a conference center named after Mascone in San Francisco. Funny you mentioned Dan White but not the Mayor.

    Brokeback Mountain can't even compare to the signifcance of Milk are you kidding me!icon_twisted.gif

  • olden

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    Sep 03, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    And to round out the History lesson, the only one who really gained from the killings was Diane Feinstein, who, as Head of the Board of Supervisors, became Mayor. The rest, as they say, is History. OMG, what a shi**y cliche.
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    Sep 03, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    I saw parts of this movie being filmed here in SF. I only wish I could have been an extra in one of the major shots of people marching down Market St in rememberance of both Milk and Moscone.
  • EricLA

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    Sep 03, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Ducky44 saidIt's about both Milk and the former Mayor named Mascone as well. There is a conference center named after Mascone in San Francisco. Funny you mentioned Dan White but not the Mayor.

    Brokeback Mountain can't even compare to the signifcance of Milk are you kidding me!icon_twisted.gif



    Yup, Mayor George Moscone is featured in it, as well. I was 12 in 1978 living just 45 minutes south of San Francisco when this all went down. It made a big impact on my life.

    As for the significance, we'll have to see what reach Milk has. Brokeback Mountain was seen and/or discussed by a lot of people. It's too early to tell if Milk can compete with that, but I hope a lot of people see it if it is good. It's an important and moving story.

    There's also a great documentary that will move you to tears called The Times of Harvey Milk, if you haven't seen it.
  • joeindallas

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    Sep 03, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    McGay that was so wrong Saddest part is that the Twinkie Defense works White only got convicted of aggrative Man slaughter
  • blahatthat

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    Sep 03, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    ...being released on my birthday.icon_eek.gif
  • soccerstriker

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    Sep 03, 2008 9:47 PM GMT
    The screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black, is incredibly talented. He poured much of himself into this script and spent years researching. He has become an LGBT historian of sorts. Much of the (anticipated) success of this film is owed to him. He has a great resume already and I know he is working on other projects. Keep your eye out for more of him in the future! Plus he is hot as hell!
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    Sep 03, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    well, i think the twinkie defense is an important part of the story. it's important to see how even the effort of using it marginalizes the murder of a gay man in the minds of many. it was like a second punchline to a bad joke.
  • CAtoFL

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    Sep 03, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    For a terrific book about the life of Harvey Milk, check out Randy Shilts' The Mayor of Castro Street.

    After finishing it way-back-when, I went to SF for the first time and met one of Milk's friends from Castro Camera. Shilts' portrayal of the Castro was so accurate that I felt as though I'd walked into a movie (and become part of it) during my visit.

    One of my gripes about the gay community used to be that most of us know more about our porn stars than our shared gay history. Let's hope the movie 'Milk' helps to change that.
  • farfle

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    Sep 04, 2008 12:24 AM GMT
    I can't wait for this film...the trailer looks great! I second the reccomendations of The Mayor of Castro Street and The Times of Harvey Milk...both excellent references, although the film concentrates more on the last couple of years of Harvey's life, while the book gives a more complete picture. The memories of that time are still vivid...the clip of Anita Bryant brought back all the anger and frustration of that time. Based on the trailer, I think Sean Penn captures the essence of Harvey Milk...hope the whole film supports that opinion!
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    Sep 04, 2008 2:39 AM GMT
    My god, Diego Luna keeps getting parts with really cool directors.

    I think he's about to shut up all of us Mexican filmmakers that keep on labeling him a bad copy of Gael GarcĂ­a.

    Can't wait to see this film =D
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    Sep 04, 2008 10:37 AM GMT
    I'm gonna have to check this out, thanks for posting. Too bad Sean Penn turns my stomach a bit and I may not be able to watch. We'll see.
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    Sep 04, 2008 2:03 PM GMT
    I am excited too.
    I have been a huge fan of Van Sant since "my own private Idaho" with river phoenix and keanu reeves.
    I think this movie is important. We are moving beyond parody (the gay best friend, the tranny, the hustler and yes, even closeted gay cowboys). I don't have problems with the previous stereotypes but it is disheartening to have so much of our history left out and marginalized.
    Finally we will have a small portion of our vibrant coming of age story illuminated for the mainstream to see. The evolution of our representation in cinema is significant and perhaps we will see a hero emerge that has been overlooked by the younger generation.
    What Harvey Milk did was huge and his struggle should not be forgotten.
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    Sep 04, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    One of the reason I`m looking forward is that I really like its supporting cast, Josh Brolin,Emile Hirsch,Victor Garber,Denis O'Hare,James Franco,and yes, even Lucas Grabeel from HSM.A few of them are openly gay I believe.Have never been a Sean Penn fan though,but guess I will give him a chance.icon_razz.gif
  • EricLA

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    Sep 04, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
    terryf saidOne of the reason I`m looking forward is that I really like its supporting cast, Josh Brolin,Emile Hirsch,Victor Garber,Denis O'Hare,James Franco,and yes, even Lucas Grabeel from HSM.A few of them are openly gay I believe.Have never been a Sean Penn fan though,but guess I will give him a chance.icon_razz.gif


    Denis O'Hare is openly gay. Victor Garber, don't know but perhaps. Lucas Grabeel is a possibility I suppose, but given that he's a big Disney actor I wouldn't expect him to come out any time soon.
  • Puppy80

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    Sep 04, 2008 6:16 PM GMT
    I just watched the trailer for this movie and got goosebumps icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 04, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    EricLA said
    Denis O'Hare is openly gay. Victor Garber, don't know but perhaps. Lucas Grabeel is a possibility I suppose, but given that he's a big Disney actor I wouldn't expect him to come out any time soon.


    He is not publicly out (yet) but I`m convinced that he plays for our team.icon_twisted.gif
    http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/2008/08/my-interview-with-victor-garbe.html
  • farfle

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    Sep 05, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
    original714 saidI'm gonna have to check this out, thanks for posting. Too bad Sean Penn turns my stomach a bit and I may not be able to watch. We'll see.


    I'm not a big Sean Penn fan either, but this looks like something I can watch and forget that its him!
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    Sep 05, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    farfle said
    original714 saidI'm gonna have to check this out, thanks for posting. Too bad Sean Penn turns my stomach a bit and I may not be able to watch. We'll see.


    I'm not a big Sean Penn fan either, but this looks like something I can watch and forget that its him!



    I think Penn is a good actor, I just haven't gone out of my way to see a lot of his stuff. But, it really looks like Penn buries himself in this role. I guess I remember enough of Milk from The Times of Harvey Milk to know his inflection and mannerisms, and I stopped seeing Sean Penn but saw Harvey Milk.
  • farfle

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    Sep 05, 2008 9:02 AM GMT
    EricLA saidI stopped seeing Sean Penn but saw Harvey Milk.


    Eric,

    Exactly!
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    Sep 06, 2008 5:36 PM GMT
    Sean Penn is a propagandist who hates America. I'm not going to add any support to his movie.

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    Sep 06, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    Thanks for the heads up EricLA. I can hardly wait to see the movie.

    Harvey Milk was a true hero.