Get "Milk"


Saw Milk. Some thoughts:

First thing's first. It's as if director Gus Van Sant reached straight into my spank bank to cast this film. Exhibit A: Emile Hirsh. (He has been all kinds of hot since the underrated boy-meets-porn star movie, The Girl Next Door.... I also frequently reenact in my mind the time he a gave a guy friend of mine an impromptu shoulder massage in a restaurant—be still my beating crotch!). Exhibit B: Diego Luna. (Ai papi! Several years ago, I wrote that I wanted to "jump on him with the fervor of a crack whore on, well, crack"). Exhibit C: James Franco. (His glorious, bite-worthy ass is on display during a triumphantly gratuitous skinny-dipping scene. [But, apparently, the full-frontal shot of the prosthetic penis that he's spoken so fondly of in the press has been cut—I mean, the shot has been cut, not the penis—well, I don't know, maybe the penis was cut, but I won't know until I see the director's cut, er, I mean, director's edit.]) [Addendum 9:30PM: A dedicated reader in the comments section has pointed out a glaring omission! Exhibit D: Lucas Grabeel. (So so very very gay as Ryan in the High School Musicals, Grabeel trades off between tight shirts that cling to his hot chest and...sundresses. Van Sant treats me well indeed.)]

Sean Penn, who immerses himself completely in the role of slain San Francisco supervisor and gay rights leader Harvey Milk, delivers the spirited and layered performance that you would expect of him, but he's not the only one at the top of his game. Emile Hirsh's adorable activist Cleve Jones is funny and inspiring, and James Franco's tortured boy toy Scott Smith is disarmingly charming and heartbreaking.

As the man who shot Milk and Mayor George Moscone in cold blood, Dan White (played by Josh Brolin) is equal parts a heart-on-his-sleeve family man and an enigmatic figure, slowing unhinging from…from…from what? Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (recreating a life and era with an assured hand) and Van Sant don't delve too deeply into White's motivations—it's a tactic that Van Sant boldly used in the Columbine-inspired Elephant—and I think it works. The murders seem as senseless and inexplicable today as they did 30 years ago, and any attempt to "understand" them would only serve to justify White's light conviction—he was imprisoned for mere "manslaughter" and was released after only five years.

I think Milk is Gus Van Sant's best movie since 1989's terrific Drugstore Cowboy—and that's saying a lot, considering he's made ten features since. Arty types like to complain about the schematic nature of biopics, but I have never minded their predictable structure. For me, it's all about learning more about the person being profiled, and this film certainly delivers, filling in my gaps of knowledge about Milk, the gay rights movement in the 1970s, the inner workings of city politics, and the early days of the Castro, San Francisco's gay district, where I used to live and love.

But the movie also boasts Van Sant's artful vision, combining actual news reports, archival footage, recreated photographs, and documentary-like filmmaking, a collage of styles that suggests the delirious nature of memory.

Much of the movie focuses on the battle against 1978's Proposition 6, a California measure that aimed to fire teachers suspected of being gay—and those who supported them. That fight, of course, has eerie parallels to the current battle over Proposition 8 and gay marriage. And there's much to learn from Harvey Milk and his crusade. A telling scene is when Milk is caught in an ideological argument with his peers, opponents of Proposition 6. The anti-6 campaign wants to send out vague literature that approaches the issue with abstract equal-rights terminology, not once mentioning that it is a struggle about gay civil liberties. Milk accuses the closeted tactics as being misguided and very pointedly demands that gay faces and gay voices become part of the campaign.

To Milk, coming out was an act of tremendous political and social power. He was not naive enough to think that those who would discriminate against gays would change overnight, but he was convinced that if they knew we existed—as their friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors—it would be enough to give them pause. And it is within those pauses that we can speak up, be heard, and demand that we be treated like everybody else.

Um, in case you missed it after all these years of blogging: I AM GAY. I AM GAY. I AM GAY.

COMMENTS

BLOGGER: 10
Loading...
Name

24,26,3Oh3,1,50 Characters in 50 Weeks,1,60 Minutes,1,Aaron Johnson,1,ABBA,2,Academy Awards,3,Adam Gwon,1,Against Me,1,Alan E. Muraoka,1,Alberto González Vázquez,1,Alec Baldwin,1,Alex Beh,1,Alex Pettyfer,1,Alexandra Wallace,1,Alexandru Maftei,1,Algenis Perez Soto,1,Ali Ewoldt,1,Ali Larter,1,Amazing Videos,51,America Ferrera,3,American Idol,4,Amy Hill,1,Amy Poehler,6,Ana Gasteyer,1,Anderson Cooper,2,Andrea James,1,Andy Samberg,4,Angelina Jolie,1,Anika Noni Rose,1,Animal Planet,1,Animal Videos,162,Animals,223,Animation,23,Anjelah Johnson,4,Anna Boden,1,Annie Baker,1,Anteaters,1,Anthony Mora,2,Anton Chekhov,4,Armadillos,1,Aron Ralston,1,Art,5,Arthur Laurents,1,Artists at Play,1,Asher Roth,2,Ashton Kutcher,2,Asian America,155,Asian Stuff,16,Asians,48,Athens Boys Choir,1,Athol Fugard,1,Audio Clips,10,Audra Mae,1,August Wilson,1,Axe,1,Bacon,1,Ballet,2,Banksy,1,Barack Obama,55,Barbie,3,Barry Manilow,2,Bats,1,Bears,5,Ben Folds,1,Ben Lee,16,Ben Stiller,1,Benjamin Millepied,1,Best,5,Best of,25,Best Posts,14,Betty White,2,Beverages,1,Beyonce,1,Bill Maher,6,Bill Pullman,1,Birds,3,Bjork,1,Blogathon 2006,52,Blue's Clues,4,Bob Dylan,4,Bong Joon-ho,1,Books,56,Boy Bands,18,Boyzone,4,Brandon Patton,85,Brendan Fraser,3,Brent Rose,4,Brett Claywell,2,Brighde Mullins,1,Bright Eyes,9,Britain's Got Talent,6,Britney Spears,9,Broadway,11,Bruno,1,Burt Reynolds,1,California,1,Cam Gigandet,1,Carlos Mencia,3,Carrie Ann Inaba,1,Carrie Fisher,2,Casey Affleck,3,Catroulette,1,Cats,142,Center Theatre Group,1,Chalk Repertory Theatre,7,Channing Tatum,4,Chantix,2,Chatroulette,2,Cher,1,Cherry Chevapravatdumrong,2,Chickens,1,Chimps,1,China,3,Chiwetel Ejiofor,1,Chloe Moretz,1,Chocolate,1,Chris Mintz-Plasse,1,Christian Bale,1,Circle X Theatre Co.,1,Clancy's Crab Broiler,1,Coffee Bar,1,Coke,1,Coleman Hough,1,Colin Farrell,3,Colin Firth,1,Comedians,12,Comedies,1,Comedy Central,3,Commercials,58,Conan O'Brien,3,Concerts,27,Connie Chung,1,Conor Oberst,9,Contests,59,Cool Stuff,4,Corey Feldman,1,Corinne Bailey Rae,1,Craig Ferguson,4,Current Events and Politics,266,Cyndi Lauper,1,Czech Republic,1,Dagoba,1,Dalton Ross,1,Damian Aspinall,1,Dance,3,Daniel Henney,1,Daniel Radcliffe,8,Danny Boyle,6,Darren Aronofsky,1,Dave Franco,1,David Bowie,3,David Burnham,1,David Byrne,1,David Cope,1,David Fridlund,1,David Letterman,10,David Lynch,2,David Maurice Gil,1,David Saint,1,David Thorne,2,David Wilson,1,Deal or No Deal,6,Debbie Reynolds,1,Deborah S. Craig,1,Deer,1,Demian Mason,1,Demonic Jukebox,11,Denise Richards,1,Denmark,1,Denzel Washington,1,Depression,1,Diablo Cody,22,Diet Coke,1,Disney,7,Disneyland,1,Dixieland,1,Documentaries,23,Dogs,16,Dolphins,1,Dominic Cooper,2,Don Hertzfeldt,1,Donovan and the Vast Ancient Conspiracy,2,Donovan Keith,8,Donovan Patton,4,Dr. John,1,Drake and Josh,6,Drake Bell,9,Dreamgirls,1,Dreamworks,1,Ducks,1,Dunja Gry Jensen,1,Dutch Watch,10,Eagle Rock,1,East Germany,1,East West Players,34,Edinburgh Fringe Festival,2,Edmond Rostand,1,Education,4,Edward Gunawan,3,El Cor de la Ciutat,5,Election 2008,94,Elephants,4,Elinor Burkett,1,Elizabeth Ho,1,Ellen DeGeneres,3,Elmo,1,Eminem,1,England,1,Entertainment Weekly,4,Eric Balfour,1,Everything Glendale,4,Ewoks,5,Facebook,19,Fancy Hollywood Parties,11,Fantasy,3,FAQs,3,Fashion,9,Fatboy Slim,1,Feodor Chin,1,Ferdinand Marcos,1,Filipinos,1,Film,1,Fireside Chats,6,Food,62,Foreign Films,20,Foreskin,3,Forest Whitaker,3,Fox,2,Fox Searchlight,3,France,3,Frequently Assed Questions,1,Funny Animals,151,Funny Ha Ha,602,Funny Kids,5,Funny Stuff,30,Funny Videos,560,Gabriel Fleming,23,Games,2,Garth Stein,4,Gay Marriage,56,Gay Penguins,4,Gay Stuff,23,George Bush,5,George Lopez,1,George Lucas,2,George Takei,1,Goats,2,Godfrey,1,Goldenspell,1,Goldilocks,1,Good Vibes,5,Gorillas,1,GQ,2,Grandview Topless Coffee Shop,1,Green Day,2,Gregory Itzin,1,Griffin Dunne,1,Guest Bloggers,7,Guilford Adam,1,Gus Van Sant,1,Hal Hartley,1,Hamsters,4,Hanson,3,Harney Milk,1,Harrison Ford,1,Harry Potter,4,Hayden Christensen,6,Health,7,Helen Mirren,1,Henrik Ruben Genz,1,HGTV,1,High School Musical,50,High School Musical 2,6,High School Musical 3,7,Hillary Clinton,10,Hollywood Forever Cemetery,3,Horror,37,Hot Girls,7,Hot Guys,111,Hot Videos,49,HSM2 Comments,6,Ikea,1,Imelda Marcos,1,Impact Theatre,42,Indiana Jones,1,Inochi,1,Ira Sukrungruang,2,Ishmael Reed,1,Jack Johnson,1,Jack Savoretti,1,Jacques Audiard,1,Jake Gyllenhaal,1,Jakob Cedergren,1,James Franco,6,James Gunn,1,James McAvoy,5,James Urbaniak,1,Jan Stephenson,1,Jan Terri,1,Jane Austen,1,Jane Goldman,1,Jane Leeves,1,Janet Fitch,1,Japan,11,Jason Bourne,1,Jason Mraz,1,Jason Statham,1,Jay Leno,7,Jazz,1,JD Salinger,4,Jeff Liu,1,Jennifer Aniston,1,Jennifer Hudson,1,Jens Lekman,1,Jerome Robbins,1,Jerry Ruiz,1,Jesse Harris,1,Jimmy Fallon,1,Jimmy Kimmel,5,Joan Crawford,1,Joe Biden,14,Joe Calarco,1,Joey McIntyre,8,Joey McKneely,1,John McCain,39,John Pinette,1,John Prine,1,John Wesley Harding,3,Johnny Knoxville,1,Jollibee,1,Jon Stewart,4,Jonathan Ke Quan,4,Jonathan Larson,1,Jordan Nagai,1,Joseph Minion,1,Josh Peck,4,Judge Judy,1,Jukebox Stories,86,Julie Salamon,1,Juliette Binoche,1,Jung Woo-sung,1,Kafka-Inspired Comedy Movie,2,Kangaroos,2,Kate Capshaw,1,Kate Pierson,1,Kate Winslet,1,Katie Couric,5,Keith Olbermann,1,Ki Hong Lee,1,Kiefer Sutherland,9,Kim Jee-woon,1,Kim Min-suk,1,Kinda Awesome,1,Kirsten Dunst,1,Knäckebröddansen,1,Koalas,1,Korea,7,Kris Kristofferson,1,Kung Zhu,1,Kurt Wimmer,1,Kyle Harris,1,Kyle Lewis,1,Ladies Professional Golf Association,1,Lambs,1,Lance Gross,3,Lars Von Trier,2,Laundromat,16,Laura Bush,1,Lea Salonga,1,Lee Byung-hun,1,Lee Pace,3,Legos,1,Leonard Bernstein,1,Leonardo DiCaprio,2,Levi Johnston,27,lfred Hitchcock,1,Lia Bugnar,1,Liam Neeson,1,Liev Schreiber,1,Lin Yu Chun,2,Lions,4,Lisa Kudrow,2,Live-Blogging,2,Local News,4,Lodestone Theatre Ensemble,1,Lorraine Hansberry Theatre,2,Lucas Grabeel,5,Lucinda Williams,1,M. Night Shyamalan,4,Madonna,1,Magazines,3,Malls,4,Mare Winningham,2,Marianne Faithfull,1,Marilyn Hoggatt,1,Marines,1,Mark Wahlberg,8,Mark Zuckerberg,1,Martin Scorsese,1,Maru,5,Master of Professional Writing,11,Matt Bateman,1,Matt Damon,1,Matthew Vaughn,1,Maury Povich,1,Maya Rudolph,1,MC Frontalot,4,MC Lars,3,McDonald's,1,McFly,1,Meat Loaf,1,Megan Fox,1,Meryl Streep,1,Mice,1,Michael Ballhaus,1,Michael Buble,1,Michael Bublé,1,Michael Cera,4,Michael DeAntonio,1,Michael Golamco,1,Michael Lowenthal,3,Michael Moore,4,Michael Phelps,14,Michelle Obama,5,Mick Jagger,1,Miha Mazzini,1,Mike Leigh,1,Mike Shinoda,1,Mike Valentino,21,Mila Kunis,1,Milan Miletic,1,Military,1,Miss Coco Peru,1,Molly Shannon,1,Monkeys,8,Monologue Madness,11,Mormons,6,Most Popular Posts,6,Most Viewed Posts,16,Movie Recommendations,8,Movies,466,MTV,1,Music,325,Music Recommendations,4,Music Videos,225,Musicals,33,My Morning Jacket,1,My Sister,11,Mysterious Skin,21,Nancy Anderson,1,Nancy Elliott,1,Natalie Merchant,1,Natalie Portman,1,NBC,3,Ned Sublette,1,Neil LaBute,9,Neil Patrick Harris,2,Nerdcore,6,Never Look Back (Except Now),7,New Conservatory Theater Center,11,New Kids on the Block,4,New York,2,Nick Gabriel,1,Nick Lowe,6,Nick Swardson,1,Nickelodeon,1,Nicole Atkins,1,Nicole Holofcener,1,Nina Simone,1,Noah Baumbach,1,Noel Alumit,4,Norah Jones,1,North Carolina,1,Odd News,113,Odd Videos,59,Odds and Ends,239,Oklahoma,1,Old Spice,2,Oliver Assayas,1,Oliver Evans,1,Oliver Fish,1,Oscars,3,Osri Nagypal,1,Otters,1,Owiso Odera,1,Ozzy Osbourne,1,Palo Alto High,2,Pandas,4,Pantages Theatre,1,Pantene,1,Paris,1,Paris Hilton,4,Park Eun-kyo,1,Patton Oswalt,3,Paul Greengrass,1,Paul Kikuchi,2,Paul Rudd,1,Pelicans,1,PEN Center USA,2,Penguins,5,Peter Darney,1,Peter Wylie,1,Philippines,3,Phillip Noyce,1,Pimone Triplett,2,Pixar,1,Playboy Mansion,2,Playwriting,25,Podcasts,5,Polar Bears,2,Pole Vaulting,1,Polls,4,Ponderings,6,Pop Punk,1,Pork Chop,75,Pork Chop's Weight-Loss Challenge,3,Potty Training,4,Prague,1,Pranks,2,Prints Made Easy,1,Punk'd,2,Quentin Easter,2,Rabbits,2,Rachel Dratch,1,Randy Newman,3,Raunchy Comedy Movie,3,Reality Shows,7,Regina King,3,Religion,17,Rent,7,Restricted,4,Return of the Jedi,2,Revolutionary Road,1,Richard Yates,1,Rick Astley,4,Rickrolling,6,Ricky Gervais,1,Robbie Williams,3,Robert Harling,1,Roberto Bolle,1,Roger Ross Williams,1,Romain Mesnil,1,Romania,5,Ronald Reagan,1,Royce Reed,1,Rude Guerrilla Theater Company,3,Ryan Fleck,1,Ryan Gosling,4,Sab Shimono,1,Sacha Baron Cohen,7,Sam Gold,1,Sam Mendes,1,Sandra Tsing Loh,2,Santigold,1,Sapphire,1,Sarah Palin,49,Sarah Silverman,1,Sasha Grey,1,Saturday Night Live,21,Science Fiction,17,Scott Evans,1,Scott Heim,32,Screenwriting,3,Sean Faris,1,Sean Penn,2,Seattle,7,Sesame Street,6,Sharon Jones,1,Sheep,1,Shel Silverstein,1,Shelley Berman,2,Shepard Fairey,1,Shimajiro,3,Shirtless,1,Short Films,3,Sidewalk Studio Theatre,2,Simon and Garfunkel,1,Simon Cowell,2,SIS Productions,6,Sketch Comedy,7,Skin Report,1,So Gay,210,Soap Operas,1,Soldiers,1,South Coast Repertory,3,South East European Film Festival,1,South Park,3,Sports,22,Squirrels,4,Stand-Up,2,Stanley Williams,2,Star Wars,8,Stephen Colbert,2,Stephen McCauley,1,Stephen Sondheim,1,Steve Burns,4,Steve Carell,1,Steve Martin,1,Steven Soderbergh,1,Steven Spielberg,1,Strippers,1,Susan Boyle,4,Suzanne Whang,2,Sweden,6,Tahar Rahim,1,Taiwan,1,Takashi Murakami,1,Talang,1,Talk Shows,16,Tamlyn Tomita,1,Technology,33,Television,277,Terrance Howard,1,Thai,16,Thai Stuff,1,Thailand,10,The Americana,4,The Bilerico Project,50,The Celebrity Apprentice,1,The Coen Brothers,1,The Constellations,1,The Daily Show,4,The Drill Hall,1,The Feels,4,The Gaslight Anthem,1,The Goonies,6,The Last Airbender,1,The Life and Times of Pork Chop,19,The Lodger,1,The Lost Coast,1,The Monkees,1,The Muppets,12,The Olympics,12,The Onion,8,The Only Way Is Essex,1,The Proclaimers,1,The Rolling Stones,1,The Simpsons,5,The Tonight Show,3,The Velvet Underground,1,Theater,251,Theater Reviews,22,Thierry Guetta,1,Things I Did,3,Things I Read,8,Think Tank,1,Thomas Bidegain,1,Tigers,5,Tina Fey,8,Tips for Actors,1,Tips for Writers,8,Tips for Writers and Other Artists,3,Tom Gabel,1,Tom Hanks,1,Tom Wilson,1,Tom Wolfe,1,Tori Amos,1,Tortoises,1,Toys,14,Travel,2,Trieu Tran,1,True Blood,1,Turkeys,1,Turtles,1,Twin Cities,8,Tyler Perry,3,UCLA,2,United Kingdom,1,Unsung Movies,17,USC,12,Valerie Bertinelli,1,Vampire Weekend,2,Vanessa Anne Hudgens,13,Vermont,2,Video Games,11,Videos,1024,Vincent DeSalvo,1,Vulva Original,1,Wanda Sykes,8,Weezer,4,Weighing Pork Chop,14,Wenda Fong,1,Wendie Malick,1,Wendy Wasserstein,1,Wendy's,1,West Elm,1,Wham,1,What the What,4,Whitney Houston,1,Will Ferrell,3,William Shakespeare,2,William Shatner,1,Willie Nelson,1,Woody Allen,12,Writing,47,Writing Tips,9,Zac Efron,55,Zac Efron's Ass,4,Zuiikin English,4,ZZ Top,1,
ltr
item
BAMBOO NATION: Get "Milk"
Get "Milk"
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KCryRDubdTg/Vvm9pOUR0zI/AAAAAAAAIlM/cSRhEKOC3nw_HVuXAfnvJedy7xwOOYicQ/s1600/Milk-158.png
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KCryRDubdTg/Vvm9pOUR0zI/AAAAAAAAIlM/cSRhEKOC3nw_HVuXAfnvJedy7xwOOYicQ/s72-c/Milk-158.png
BAMBOO NATION
http://bamboonation.blogspot.com/2008/11/get-milk.html
http://bamboonation.blogspot.com/
http://bamboonation.blogspot.com/
http://bamboonation.blogspot.com/2008/11/get-milk.html
true
29736335
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy