Milk, anyone seen it?

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    Nov 28, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    I saw it today, the start is slow and kinda was making me angry because the music seemed to belong in a fairy tale. No I don't mean like a gay fairy tale, but an actual one with magic, the whimsical music didn't seem to match the film. BUT that was just the start of it, the rest is a lot better. The acting is GREAT, many of them disappeared into the roles. A bunch of people were in tears by the time it ended.

    Go see it
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    Nov 28, 2008 5:54 AM GMT
    I had Thanksgiving dinner tonight with old friends from Brooklyn, people I've known for more than 30 years.

    One of them surprised me by telling me that he had known Harvey Milk from the time they were kids together, and he told me some stories about him that made him more of a human being and less of a historical figure. It was very interesting.
  • dfrourke

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    Nov 28, 2008 7:28 AM GMT
    I saw the film tonight at the Castro Theater in San Francisco...it is incredibly respectful...and much of the film parallels some of the same fights we are still struggling against...

    ...after the film I walked down to the SF LGBT historical society which just opened it's doors about 5 doors down from the Castro Theater...I was eerily surprised to see the suit, tie, shoes, that Harvey was wearing when he was assassinated on display...blood, bullet holes and all...it made the story all the more real...

    Gus Van Sant did a great job chronicling a piece of our history...and Sean Penn really transformed himself...

    I also did not realize that 11/27 was the anniversary of his death...

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  • EricLA

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    Nov 28, 2008 7:46 AM GMT
    I'm up in the Bay Area (the South Bay) through the weekend. If I wanted to see it locally, I'd have to see it at the theater chain being boycotted because it's owned donated towards Yes on 8. OR I can drive up to the City and do what David did and see it at the Castro Theater, which I'm going to try to do maybe on Saturday.
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    Nov 28, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    I'm going to see it tonight.
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    Nov 28, 2008 3:24 PM GMT
    I want to see it, but our theatre chain here isn't showing it.

    I sent their customer service an email Wednesday. Still not response. I'll give 'em until Tuesday to fire one back before I start sending more.
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    Nov 28, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I saw it last night. I blogged this right after I got back. I thought I would share it with you all.

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    Wow. I went to see MILK tonight at the Castro Theatre on Castro Street in San Francisco tonight. What an incredibly well done and powerful movie. It tells the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the United States.

    It was incredible to be at ground zero for this story, in the same Castro Theatre that you see in the movie, to walk out the door to walk up the street where these events took place and where 30,000-40,000 people marched in silent vigil the night that Harvey Milk and George Moscone were murdered.

    Given that it is Thanksgiving, I choose to use today to give thanks to those who have come before me in the gay community who have fought and struggled and been beaten and disrespected and who continued to hold their heads high, claim their place in the world, and say, “we will not be quiet and we will not go along to get along.”

    Here we are thirty years later and the instead of Anita Bryant trying to take away civil rights, we now have the Church of the Latter Day Saints spending money and influencing voting to take away marriage rights from gays. Milk fought Prop 6. We just lost Prop 8. The names will change, and the battles will continue because as Martin Luther King said: “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

    So for Thanksgiving today, I’m going to say thanks to those people who have fought and who continue to fight. I’m going to thank all the people who came before me who have made it easy for those who came later to be truly themselves in the world. I came out in the 1990’s. It was very easy for me because of the struggles of those people in the past. I know that my life would have been very different had I been born a few years earlier and I owe you all a debt of gratitude I can never repay. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  • shoelessj

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    Nov 28, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    I saw it on thanksgiving afternoon as well. I agree with miasma that it did start off slowly...a woman a few seats down from me was surfing her iphone during that time which i thought was annoying and ignorant but enough about her.

    The theatre [the century in chicago, which i thought was owned by the guy who gave $$$ to Yes on Prop. 8, but my bf researched it and the theatre is owned by Mark Cuban - owner of the Dallas Mavericks and HDNet, which i thought was cool], was about 2/3 full, pretty good for Thanksgiving Day.

    I like how it didn't necessarily portray him as a saint; he had a weakness for lost puppy kind of guys and there was a point where his old boyfriend reminded him that he didn't really come out to his own family, so it was great to see that someone who still didn't know what he was going to do when he was 40 could still make a difference and do great things. Some parts were interesting since it revealed, after a few years, how much of a brilliant political mind he had (like getting people on his side by sponsoring the dog poop ordinance).

    I couldn't help though, but think, 'is this movie set in 1978 or 2008?' since there were so many parallels with what we are going through today. (Especially with then ineptitude and dysfunction of the big name gay organziations, like HRC, when it came to fighting anti-gay movements, whether it was Prop. 6 or Prop. icon_cool.gif. Thing is, it inspired me to come out, which i really want to do, in spite of whatever fears i have, and be honest and get involved politically, as well, and fight for what is right and fair.

    I expect Oscars for best actor, best supporting actor and best score (Danny Elfman! where has he been?!).
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    Nov 28, 2008 6:47 PM GMT
    I didn't see it, I was waiting more than a month.. where can I see it ?? it's hard to find it here..
  • EricLA

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    Nov 29, 2008 6:42 PM GMT
    UPDATE: I drove up to San Francisco yesterday and saw Milk at the Castro Theater. The 1 o'clock showing was almost completely sold out. I can't speak for others there, but just sitting in the theater I felt awash in emotion, so I knew I would have a hard time stifling tears when the time came.

    The cast does a great job. Sean Penn completely disappears in the role of Milk. I can't remember the last Penn movie I've seen, but it's been a while. For me, this was his most convincing performance to date. And the supporting actors were also spot on. Gus Van Sant is very accessible and captures the significant events in Milk's life leading up to his death.

    For those who know what followed the night of Milk's death, I knew going in this would be among the film's most potent moments. And even though I was prepared for it, I still cried. I don't cry at movies often, but I remember that event as a 12 year old living in the Bay Area. And describing that moment has always been emotional to me.

    This movie would be a must-see anyway. But the parallels to the battles they fight in the film and the battle against Proposition 8, can't be missed. Do yourself the favor and see this movie. And bring friends: gay friends and allies.
  • RSportsguy

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    Nov 30, 2008 1:33 AM GMT
    I seen the movie today and was very impressed. Sean Penn was excellent as well as the rest of the supporting cast. I was real impressed with Emile Hirsch too who portrayed Cleve. There was a big line to see the movie even though it was only shown at a local 'Art' theater. The crowd was mostly older straight ( I assume) couples. There was a lot of crying when it was over. I think it is a must see movie.
  • EricLA

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    Nov 30, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidI want to see it, but our theatre chain here isn't showing it.

    I sent their customer service an email Wednesday. Still not response. I'll give 'em until Tuesday to fire one back before I start sending more.


    Trunks, just an FYI that Milk is in limited release now, just LA, NY, SF and maybe a few other places. Not sure when it opens wide, but it's probably a few weeks away.
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    Nov 30, 2008 1:56 AM GMT
    I saw it last night--it's in just one theater in Atlanta (2 screens) now.
    I'm glad I watched "The Times of Harvey Milk", the oscar-winning documentary just a couple weeks before. It gave extra insight and lots of original footage, as well as follow-up interviews with his supporters. I definitely recommend everyone watch that as well:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088275/