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  •  Saw it last night - awesome on all counts n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    There is a word for those who try to suppress the vote: TRAITORS.

    by hcc in VA on Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 11:31:53 AM PST

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    •  I also saw it yesterday (3+ / 0-)
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      and agree that Penn was phenomenal in it. In fact, I agree 100% with MissLaura's review. The smile -- wow. And it was so easy to forget that it was sean Penn acting and just be absorbed in the character, unike with many other bigtime Hollywood actors.

      Very moving, important, and even adorable.

      I canlt help but think what an impact it may have had onprop 8, had it been wide released 4 months earlier than it was.

      "Your silence will not protect you" -Audre Lorde

      by LaKathie on Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 11:35:23 AM PST

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      •  Yup, me too. I thought it was an amazing film. (4+ / 0-)
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        saluda, lirtydies, Dallasdoc, hcc in VA

        And one thing that is often lost in the academic discussions of identity politics that I participate in is the concrete, real-time, tangible, material dimensions of movement politics as it has been applied in the cases of gay rights, women's rights, or black civil rights.

        We have become accustomed to approaching these ideas through the abstractions of theoretical readings or literary interpretation, and one thing that Milk helps to return to our attention is the way in which each of these struggles grew out of concrete coordinated actions in specific times and places, whether it's the coordinated boycotts of the Castro depicted in Milk or the coordinated bus boycotts in Montgomery.

        I found myself thrilled with that earlier part of the film, as Van Sant portrayed the early maneuvers of Milk's movement, each development in rapid-fire succession.

        My lone complaint, though, has to do with much the same thing: that rapid-fire quality gives us the telescoped account of Milk's early SF days that Laura describes in her review.  I found myself wanting a much more thorough development of Milk's transformation into an activist. The film made it seem as if one hostile interaction with a neighborhood merchant was enough to convert him from a conservative "closet case" to a fire-breathing radical.

        But that was just about the only down side to a film that comes at just the right time: This last election has shown that movement politics is still both possible (ie., Obama's election) and necessary (ie. the harrowing setback of Prop 8).

        Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

        by Dale on Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 12:07:47 PM PST

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