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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of film: “MILK” – Of Human Kindness, thru Political Action

Review of film:  MILK   – Of Human Kindness, thru Political Action = 

       [ Rating:  9.5 of 10 stars ]
Date Rated: Nov 25, 2008 | Rel. Date: Nov 26, 2008 
(Based on an advance preview:) SEAN PENN stars in the new Gus Van Sant film biography of Harvey Milk, America’s first openly gay politician elected in a large city (San Francisco)...

...  This biography chronicles the difficulties encountered by Milk and his partner Scott (very well played by JAMES FRANCO) & the other people who enter their world to try to improve or change their lives by exercising political power: eventual political assistant Cleve (effectively handled by EMILE HIRSCH), strategist Anne (ALISON PILL), photographic helper Danny (LUCAS GRABEEL), & antagonist Dan White (another impressive performance by JOSH BROLIN) who ends up causing havoc in the city...

...  This is the story of a growing CIVIL RIGHTS struggle, and as Milk can be heard to say at one point, it’s important to give people “HOPE” for their future... 

...  I agree with Chicago Tribune critic [Michael] Phillips that Penn is likely to get an ACADEMY AWARD nomination for his exceptional work in this smoothly done and STIRRING film.

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