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Post-Oscar online chat (transcript)

Posted by Ty Burr  February 23, 2009 12:08 PM

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Chat transcript follows: Come by this space Monday at 2 p.m. to hash over the outrages and overkill (or underwhelmingness) of Oscar 2009. I'll be your host and will take all responsibility for office-pool ballots that went south on my account.

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4 comments so far...
  1. I have to admit I completely disagree with the universal acclaim being afforded to 'Good Harvey Hunting' which as Brit cultural critic Mark Simpson rightly points out is 'homogenised Milk'.

    Harvey Milk lived in the Gay 70s and was very much a creature of a time that was by turns wonderfully liberated and deeply sordid. He was anything but monogamous. Apparently a bathhouse Saturnalia ended up on the cutting room floor. Wouldn't do to have our proud Gay Rights warrior caught in such a compromising position, much less raise the likelihood that he proabably would have died of AIDS a few year later. No, but for that nasty homophobe Dan White (who was actually more angry at scofflaw mayor George Moscone), Harvey'd be celebrating his 25th anniversary now.

    Essentially Harvey Milk's very interesting and important life has been railroaded and turned into propoganda for Gay Marriage. I'm not against gay marriage -- just telling lies.

    A real Milk movie including Moscone's well-documented escapades with ladies of the evening and cocaine and ending with the notorious 'Twinkie defense' would have made for a much more engaging movie.

    Posted by Paul Q February 21, 09 02:32 PM
  1. I thought what Gus VanSant brought to the screen was a very interesting and entertaining movie. Sean Penn deserved the oscar!

    Posted by Brett W. February 23, 09 01:39 PM
  1. "I'm not against gay marriage -- just telling lies."

    Sure you're not Paul.

    The movie Milk was not about putting Harvey on trial. It was about him being the focal point for a movement of equal rights and opportunity. If you want to try and tear down Harvey Milk the man, that it one thing. But it was a DRAMA not a documentary, and the writer/director/producer have NO OBLIGATION to make anything other than what they wanted to make. If you dont like it, do go see it. Period.

    Posted by Pat February 23, 09 02:02 PM
  1. ty, do you think meryl streep will ever win another oscar? or does the academy love her work enough to nominate her, then feels guilty about giving her a third?

    Ty says: I think, given the right part and the right combination of variables, she could easily win a third Oscar someday. Her work last year -- "Doubt" and "Mamma Mia" -- was more about La Streep letting her hair down and having fun, and the Academy will nominate that but not necessarily give it the prize. But count her out at your peril.

    Posted by rob February 23, 09 02:51 PM

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