"Down here, things are different; here, they believe that some things are worth killing for. "
And yet another that I'm shaky on the details but relish the memory of. The problem is - with the exception of the last two movies, these are all movies that I really, really liked, but they don't rank among my favorites of all time. Anyway - back to Milk, I thought Sean Penn put in a really moving and amazing performance. As did that crazy James Franco. And it's a really important topic today, in the way of all the Prop H8te, etc.
"All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words."
I only just watched this movie for the first time last week. And I plan on watching another three or four times before I return it to Netflix. Probably going to make Matt watch it this weekend as well. Amazing movie that was sadly produced and released by HBO. I only say sadly because, this movie was of the sort of caliber and importance of a award-winning Hollywood blockbuster. But who wants to back a movie about a woman's issues with an all female cast? And okay, maybe I sound bitter. But you watch this movie. Then try and think of any other movie that deals with this topic. Or, try and think of another movie from this time period whose secondary female characters are suffragists, as would be historically accurate. None. I can't think of any.
Anyway, this was an absolutely fantastic and beautiful piece of work. Hilary Swank is freaking amazing.
I've read the autobiography and several works concerning this amazing, conflicted and righteous man. I think what draws me to Malcolm X's civil rights work more than any other leader was his ability to make mistakes and then admit them. His ability to change his views when he realizes he is wrong and to do it with grace and conviction. Spike Lee's movie and Denzel Washington's portrayal of Malcolm X was emotional and right on point.