Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Milk: A

Milk Movie Poster, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

Oops. I forgot to do my mini-review of Milk ( I dragged Scott (kicking and screaming) to this movie a couple of weekends ago. We were surprised that the Sunday afternoon matinee we went to sold-out. Fortunately, we arrived early enough to get good seats.

Milk followed a predictable biopic story format. However, it was still interesting seeing a portrayal of gay life and gay rights in 1970s America. Sean Penn performance was great and the movie did portray as a middle-age gay man with a messy personal life.

I had heard of Harvey Milk before, but I didn't realize how he came power. Milk didn't become a viable candidate until San Francisco changed from electing its city supervisors in city-wide races (like Portland continues to do) to local district races.

It's impossible to view Milk without also thinking about this year's disappointing California gay rights defeat. Thirty years later, the political and cultural debate continues.

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