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‘Milk’, Gus Van Sant (2008)

This is Harvey Milk speaking on Friday November the 18. This is only to be played in the event of my death by assassination. During one of my early campaigns I began to open speeches with a line that became kind of a signature. “My Name is Harvey Milk and I want to recruit you.” If I was speaking to a slighly hostile audience, or a mostly straight one, I might break the tension with a joke. “I know, I’m not what you expected, but I left my high heels at home.” I fully realize that what I stand for, an activist, a gay activist, makes himself a target for someone who is insecure, terrified, afraid and disturbed themselves. Its a very real possibility you see, because in San Fransisco, we have broken the dam of a major prejudice in this country.

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Because you’ll be a better person for watching this.

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Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide B-Roll!

I watched this earlier this evening with my Brother, if anyone could appreciate it’s quirkiness it would be him. First time seeing this, I’d seen a trailer for it and it seemed funny and weirdly intriguing, it’s was more than I was expecting. It’s more than just a killer tyre on the loose. A parody of sorts, we all get moments when we watch films and see something odd and wonder Why? Well this uses humor to poke fun at just that, there's randomness popping up everywhere. I would definitely recommend it, but I’d put money on very few people enjoying this, it wont be for everyone.

Oh yeah and if you’re a fan of BTVS (Buffy), look out for Deputy Mayor Allan Finch (Jack Plotnick). True Blood fans might also notice James Parks who played the Vampire draining drug dealer. Watching it, I said to my Brother that one of the Deputy Police Officers looked familiar, he just scoffed, that everyone looks familiar to me… though this time I was right, I just couldn’t put my finger on what on earth I’d seen him in.  

It is a French Film, set in California, with an American/French English speaking Cast. Directed and written by Quentin Dupieux.

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I love listening to actors talk about the feeling they get from the audience. Stephen Spinella (who played Prior on the stage) talks about one special audience. Take a listen his account may make you tear up.