While I am in the midst of reading at the beginning of the new year I also take time to view some of the spate of fine movies released in time to qualify for annual film awards.
One of these is Milk, Gus Van Sant's biopic tribute to the gay San Francisco politician and activist, Harvey Milk. Sean Penn gives another of his fine acting performances (see Mystic River, Dead Man Walking et. al.). The film effectively captures the time and place of San Francisco and gay activism in the seventies. Great supporting performances included those by Denis O'Hare, James Franco, Joseph Cross and Lucas Grabeel (escaping from Disney). It is a tribute to Van Sant that he was able to make this uplifting and moving tribute to a man and a movement.