12.29.2008

Movies, Milk and Millions

I went out earlier to watch some movies. What I really wanted to see was Waltz With Bashir, an animated documentary about the conflicts in Israel. But, since it's a limited release, I couldn't find it on any theaters near my place. Instead, I just went with Milk and Slumdog Millionaire. Both of which are excellent films.

Milk is about the life and struggles of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and the first openly gay elected to become a public servant in California. This is a great movie. I know a lot of guys aren't comfortable watching films about gay. But I assure you, Milk won't give you any of that same awkwardness you had while watching Brokeback Mountain. No, none at all, because the story is much more focused on the political and social angle. It's about being yourself -being gay, brown, black, geek or dog poop picker- and having the rights to be yourself.

Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik, a humble coffee server at a call center in India, who found his long lost love and won millions by winning a game show, an Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. This is probably the best movie I've seen this year. Hands down. The story is just so full of life, romance, comedy and action. The way the film was also told, which revolves on each answers of the game show, is just pure genius. I highly recommend this movie to everybody.

Milk and Slumdog Millionaire, great movies. I also wanted to see Frost/Nixon but it was already getting late. So, I'll just save it for next time.

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2 comments:

yoshke said...

Milk and SLumdog Millionaire!!! Waaaah.

I really have got to see them. They're strong Oscar contenders, they say. Need to see em.

HAPPY NEW YEAAAR TO YOU!!!!

lucas said...

yeah..they're strong oscar contenders but i heard Milk got snubbed in the nominations...hmmm... i'm not sure about slumdog though...the trailer sure looks captivating :) everyone roots for the underdog! ahehe!