Angels in America

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    Oct 04, 2007 3:09 AM GMT
    I just finished watching Angels in America, and cried through practically the whole fuckin' thing. Why? Because I was Joe, Joe was me, and I wanted to put my foot through the screen at the thought of putting myself through all of those years of "Mormon Hell".

    Anyone else have any thoughts about it?

    (smiling) Steve
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    Oct 04, 2007 5:15 AM GMT
    i saw it about 2 years ago and cried my eyes out, it is such a powerful performance.
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    Oct 04, 2007 7:53 AM GMT
    It's a powerful piece...anyway you look at it on many levels
    it tells the story of the early AIDS time in America
    of lies and deception both intended and not
    about religion and lies
    all on an epic scale
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    Oct 04, 2007 10:58 AM GMT
    I loved it, totally. ^^
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    Oct 04, 2007 1:09 PM GMT
    I really loved it and I thought it was a great adaptation from stage to screen. I could relate to it on a few levels.

    One thing I don't care for in all of Kushner's plays, though, is that he tends to judge his characters. He decides punishment for the ones who do what he doesn't like. It ends with Joe failing to grow although his mother (largely responsible for Joe's issues) does. I considered Joe to be the center of the play because he is the one who is vexed by it all.

    Nonetheless, it's an amazing accomplishment and the actors are all superb.
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    Oct 04, 2007 7:56 PM GMT
    Oh my God!! I have read the plays and I swear, I have never been so happy, scared, excited, and blubberingly sad with any movie or book ever. I cried my eyes out, but after the epilogue, I was still crying, but I felt so much better and uplifted.
    I fear getting a Prior and Louis relationship so much.

    Another movie (AND BOOK) you MUST watch and read is Latter Days!!!! I laugh in the first half and then I lose every drop of tears in my eyes in the second part. It is my favorite love movie of all time. (And the book is so much better!!)
    The Aaron and Christian relationship is the one I want . . . minus all the drama.
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    Oct 04, 2007 11:12 PM GMT
    I've seen it a few times and I cry every time. It brings back a lot of personal memories from the early days of AIDS. Its a beautifully done movie, though I've always wanted to see the stage play.

    Latter Days is also a very good movie, though I prefer the uncut DVD version to the one I usually see on cable.

    Other movies I recommend, for various reasons... The Sum of Us, Jeffrey, Long Time Companion, Boys in the Band. Some are fluffy, some come with a "tissue advisory", some are full of stereotypes, but all of them have their merits and are at least worth seeing once.

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    Oct 05, 2007 5:59 AM GMT
    Tigger, I saw Latter Days. Lots of mistakes in the way church courts are conducted. I've participated (on the authoritarian side). Not quite so nasty.

    However, I cried during that one, too.

    I'm so sorry that I ever subjected myself to the Church. So much pain. So much fear.
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    Oct 07, 2007 7:24 AM GMT
    I think I know what you mean sundown55. One of my best friends is mormon. I do not condone it, but I don’t accept it either. (I don’t want to offend ANYONE, I am just voicing opinions) She told me how a hand shake can only be a few seconds and if it goes over, there is questionable thought. Women are only meant to be wives and mothers and to share in the “blessings” and not really be a part of it. There is considered to be a problem with someone if they are not married by their early 20’s. I think that is all crazy! And don’t get me started in the views of us. (Granted there are a lot of other religions that don’t like us either) I do love her like a sister, but the thing that hurts the most is that she would get in so much trouble if they ever found out that she was friends with me.

    But what I have learned is that one does not always speak for all. Such as my friend. It is common belief that all mormons hate gays, but she is one of my best friends. It is common belief that all Christians would try to convert us. I am a devout Christian. Another belief is that Catholics would look at us like we were walking sins. A huge chunk of my family is Catholic (and Mexican . . . and even more dangerous combo) and they love me.

    I started somewhere with this, but I got lost.