Milk

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by leekohler, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Isn't it sad that I have to post about a film in the political forum?

    Anyway- saw it tonight. It was absolutely amazing. Sean Penn definitely deserves Best Actor for this. It was finally nice to see a film that, unlike the awful "Philadelphia" or "Brokeback Mountain", dealt with our issues honestly. It was very to the point, and didn't go overboard. I finally feel like Hollywood has portrayed us as human beings and not curiosities. Tell me what you guys think.
     
  2. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Never saw the movie Milk. Never even heard of it until now.
     
  3. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Please don't derail this thread. That film was about an awful sociopath. You want to talk about that, start your own thread.
     
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    It's in theaters right now. Hopefully, it's in your area.
     
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    looks really good - i look forward to seeing it
     
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    I hope so too.
    Sounds interesting.
     
  8. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    It's beyond interesting, it's part of US history. It really makes me angry that this part of American history isn't taught in schools too.
     
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    Yep. I can't believe all the things that are taught and all the things that aren't allow to be taught.
     
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    Already have plans to see it. Been excited about it for awhile.
     
  11. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Good! I think you'll like it.
     
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    I've been looking forward to this for months and I finally get to go see it tomorrow. I imagined Sean Penn's performance would be amazing judging from just the previews.
     
  14. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Harvey Milk was the first elected openly gay official in the US, who was assassinated.

    It is- for once I feel I can say I liked a movie about gay people that Hollywood produced. Up til now, only indie films have done that.
     
  15. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Last week our local news interviewed Diane Feinstein about the movie (she was a supervisor at the time of the shooting, and said "hi" to the other supervisor who shot Milk and the mayor just 30 seconds later), and she nearly teared up on camera.

    For the life of me I can't understand why this isn't taught more in schools. We learn all about the 4 major assassinations of the 1960s, but why nothing about such an important figure in the gay community?

    And I'm with you about Hollywood portrayals; up till now they've been very stereotypical and haven't helped show the diversity of the gay community (or how "normal" we all are[I hate using that word, but I think it does the job here]).
     
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    The same reason a lot of stuff isn't taught in schools: too controversial.

    Why do we stop learning about Helen Keller at about 12-years-old (how she grew up to become a socialist, advocate for the working class, and anti-war)? Why don't we learn about what Columbus really did when he came to the Americas? (At least when I was in grade school. Could be different now) Why don't we learn about the rest of the white settler treatment toward the Native Americans/true story of pilgrims (how the settlers basically stole all of their land and belongings that first winter, rather than them "teaching" the settlers how to plant)?

    I was lucky enough to have an AP US History teacher who taught us real history and had assigned us both Zinn's "A People's History" and Loewen's "Lies my Teacher Told Me". It's just too bad I had to wait until I was almost done with High School to learn about any of this.
     
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    As an openly gay male, I guess I will have to see this movie.
     
  18. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I'll wait for it to come out on Blu-Ray. :)
    Why do we learn about the Lincoln and Kennedy assassination in school but not Harvey's?:mad:
     
  19. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    Never heard of the guy, or the movie, but just watched the trailer - looks decent.

    I agree ;)
     
  20. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Probably going to see this next weekend.

    And I think "Philadelphia" is a great movie. :cool:
     
  21. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    You must be straight. ;)
     
  22. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    I thought it did a good job of portraying the perceptions of the gay community and AIDS at the time... and yes, I'm straight.

    You can't really expect a movie made in '93 to have the same open minded approach as a movie made in '08. I look forward to seeing Milk, but I don't expect the same kind of thing.
     
  23. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Being someone who lived through the worst of the AIDS outbreak in the 80's and Reagan years, I found that film shallow and insulting at the time. A lot of us did. I understand though, that for a lot of straight people, it was very eye-opening. It's a matter of perspective. For you guys, it was perhaps your first exposure to the subject.
     
  24. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    I was born in '87 (if you couldn't guess) so my look back on things is very very limited. I thought it was, from my knowledge of things, historically accurate from a straight person's point of view. Of course those within the gay community are going to see things a lot differently.

    That's one of the reasons I am looking forward to Milk. I hope that it is historically accurate as well as entertaining.
     
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    Seriously? You cannot compare the assassination of Harvey Milk with Kennedy and Lincoln.

    And I don't know what you guys are talking about, I learned a lot about Milk in school. I just saw the movie on Friday (I believe) and I thought it was great.

    I'd like it if you'd stop making things up about school curriculum, as for the most part we learned basically all that happened in the film in school, the only stuff that was news to me was his earlier life in the film.
     

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