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Milk: "If a Bullet Should Enter My Brain, Let That Bullet Destroy Every Closet Door in the Country.”

Posted by Miss Ess, December 5, 2008 12:38pm | Post a Comment
This past weekend both Brad and I had the chance to see Milk in theaters. It opened nationwide this week. We wanted to share our post-film conversation here for you, and hopefully start more conversations about this film and its much loved and admired subject.

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Miss Ess: Tell me about your movie-going experience seeing Milk! Where did you see the film? Was it a crowded screening? Did the audience react at all? What did you think of the film overall?
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Brad: I am still recovering from this movie watching experience. Seeing movies in theaters is for sure one of my all time favorite things to do. I can't imagine my life without it -- and it is movies like this that continue my obsession. Every once in a while I worry that I have already seen all the great movies of my lifetime -- like I will never see a film again as good as the ones that I have already seen. And I had really high hopes for this film. Gus Van Sant is one of my favorite directors. My Own Private Idaho is probably one of my favorite films of all time. I am staring at the poster in my bedroom right now. I saw this movie when I was 17 and it had a really powerful impact on me. River Phoenix died two years later, so I have those two events forever tied together in my memory. The film became even more powerful and tragic because of his death. It is as if his character has died with the actual actor. Even though he made a couple of films after Idaho this is the film I will always remember him for. And of course Heath Ledger died a couple of years after he made Brokeback Mountain. It is too weird how similar his life and career was to River Phoenix. It is also sort of like James Dean and Rebel Without Ariver phoenix my own private idaho Cause. Rebel was the My Own Private Idaho of its time. That is about as much of a gay story as you were going to get in 1955. It is sort of perfect that James Franco played James Dean in that James Dean movie and is now in the Milk movie. I just started thinking about this because of Milk too. Milk obviously ends with a real life tragedy and death. But hopefully Sean Penn will be around for many more decades to bring us many more fantastic films, both in acting and directing.

Milk Premieres -- My Red Carpet Moment with Sean Penn, James Franco, and Others

Posted by Miss Ess, October 28, 2008 08:53pm | Post a Comment
This is so Perez-y, I know, but it was exciting for me that a red carpet premiere -- of Milk, no less -- was going on tonight a few blocks from my humble home!

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Being a pop culture junkie, I was not gonna miss this. Castro Street was blocked between 18th and Market, and there was indeed an actual red carpet rolled out in front of the Castro Tharvey milkheater for the stars to walk. There were bunches of No on 8 supporters as well, shouting from behind the blockade, erupting each time an actor emerged from the motorcade. Milk stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch, and James Franco, and they were all out in full force, and thisclose to me! The movie is a biopic of the beloved Harvey Milk, and many of his friends and supporters from back in the day were out on the red carpet as well, including my old landlord (!), Carol Ruth Silver, who was on the SF Board of Supervisors during Harvey Milk's time and was apparently also targeted by Dan White. She is even portrayed in the movie! This is all news to me! The most surreal moment was definitely seeing Carol Ruth, rail thin and in one of her ever-present hats, arm in arm with Diego Luna and Emile Hirsch, being photographed by the paparazzi. Also on the carpet were the gorgeous Diane Lane, Robin Wright Penn, T.R. Knigsean penn as harvey milkht and his nearly underaged boyfriend, and, of course, Gavin Newsom. I also spotted Phil Bronstein, former Chronicle editor, former husband of Sharon Stone, and one-time victim of a grisly Komodo Dragon attack.

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Milk Trailer - San Francisco's Own Gets His Biopic at Last

Posted by Miss Ess, September 3, 2008 04:20pm | Post a Comment
I'm so intrigued by the upcoming Harvey Milk biopic, Milk, shot in my neighborhood, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn and James Franco. The trailer was finally released today and it kinda gave me a thrill-- I wasn't sure what to expect but it's looking to me from this little bit like they captured it pretty well. Here it is:


I'm hearing that the premiere will be Oct. 28th at the Castro Theater! I just may have to swing by...

EMPHASIS ON "CELEBRATION" AT 2008 SF LGBT PRIDE PARTY

Posted by Billyjam, July 2, 2008 03:00pm | Post a Comment
      

Not only was Sunday's incredibly fun, huge rave-scale 2008 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade the best party of the year so far but it was also a landmark historic event: one that marked the California Supreme Court very recently making it legal (second to Massachusetts) for same-sex couples to marry. And this significant step forward (in a long uphill battle) for human rights clearly was prominently on the minds of the revelers who descended upon San Francisco this past weekend.

Sunday afternoon's giant celebration was essentially a really, really large wedding party since so many in attendance had just gotten hitched in the days leading up to the event. Included were the happy couple pictured left in front of City Hall where, they cheerfully informed me, they had gotten married two days before.

The first part of Sunday's mega-event was the long colorful parade that slowly snaked down Market and left onto Eighth Street, and along whose route Mayor Gavin Newsom got numerous ovations for his role in pushing the envelope in the same-sex marriage issue, starting four years ago shortly after he took office.

The parade was immediately followed by the "celebration" portion of the long fun afternoon. This giant party kicked into gear from the get-go and the energy didn't let up all day. The sprawling celebration extended for blocks in every direction and featured over twenty different stages in addition to countless spaces and booths that took over all the streets around the Civic Center area of downtown San Francisco.

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Into The Wild - It's Not a Herzog Film

Posted by Miss Ess, April 16, 2008 04:54pm | Post a Comment
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I watched Into the Wild last night.  Sean Penn directed it.  It's beautifully filmed-- I could tell great pains were taken to capture each shot.  The film focuses on the true story of Chris McCandless, an upper into the wild emile hirschmiddle class kid who decides to "reject" society and live off the land in Alaska.

I thought it was interesting that the filmmaker chose to make McCandless something of a heroic character, through the overdramatic score and numerous reverent shots.  I just didn't see him that way, so it was kinda tough going through the two and a half hours.  Into the Wild just reeks of earnestness, and though I suppose there's nothing wrong with that in and of itself, I just didn't take to its subject.

For a more realistic and complex portrait of a human being living in "the wild," I much prefer Werner Herzog's Grizzly ManGrizzly Man is a documentary about Timothy Treadwelgrizzley man werner herzog timothy treadwelll, a dude who decides to go live in Alaska with grizzly bears, who he thinks of as his trustworthy friends.  It's completely bizarre and compelling.  It's famous in part because it was compiled and cut together by Herzog from footage Treadwell shot himself during his time in Alaska, footage that was left behind when he was eventually and inevitably killed by his "friends."  This footage is intercut with interviews with friends and family.  This film takes a hands-off approach to its subject.  Treadwell is presented in all his humanity and it is left to the viewer to decide if he is a complete nut or a just a well-meaning but ultimately foolish idealist.

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