MILK – A Semi?


Well … that was a fine weekend, of 39th wedding anniversary niceness, where the lovely Madame Who?, and myself, thoroughly enjoyed a fiesta of fun, food, film, and fauna.

We went to see “MILK” … The story of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk

Hmmmm? S’ok, I suppose … 6 outta ten

Gus Van Sant’s biog feature Sean Penn’s as Harvey Milk, and it was all very politically worthy, but left Maggi & I somehow uninvolved with the major characters, in a strange way.

To me, the movie showed the issue of Gay Rights in an isolated US context, within what was a tumultuous period of not only US history, but throughout the period of international, social & political upheaval that went through all levels of Alternative society, whether it be black, gay, hippy, biker, or whatever.

Everyone in the film seemed self-concerned, and unconcerned, with the any other political issues of the times they lived in

A bit, “up-their-own-arses” as we’d say colloquially, here in Glasgow … how apposite!!


Vietnam, Black Power, Flower Power, Feminism, Drug Wars, Class Wars, … the film never showed that stuff being a part of the bigger picture, and part of a whole era of change … and the bigger political context of Gay Rights, at that time

I reckon that Harvey was a damn sight more complex, and more interesting & entertaining than this portrays his life to have been

Bit superficial and one-dimensional, too slow, and 20 minutes too long



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