ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – M – Milk (2008)

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writer: Dustin Lance Black (Screenplay)

Starring: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill

 

Plot: The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.


Tagline – His life changed history. His courage changed lives.

Runtime: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Important Figure in History

 

Story: Milk starts as we meet Harvey Milk (Penn) an openly gay man in the 1970s that moves to San Francisco with his boyfriend Scott Smith (Franco) to start a business, he soon becomes a leader for businesses who don’t decimate against homosexuals.

Tired of the abuse they are getting Harvey decides to run for office to help get equal rights for homosexuals, this gets him attention from the haters, who start targeting him. Soon he makes a movement to make gay right count across America.

 

Thoughts on Milk

 

Characters – Harvey Milk is telling us the story of how he rose the political ladder, being a gay man made this difficult because he is not fight just for his rights but for all homosexuals in America, he was a real man that helped change the civil rights in the 70s. Cleve Jones is one of the young men that Harvey takes in to help run the campaign, he has an ability to bring communities together in the movements they want to fight for. Dan White is one of the politicians that opposes Harvey, he doesn’t want to work with him because of his religious beliefs.

PerformancesSean Penn won an Oscar for his performance in this film, you can see why, he is fantastic in the leading role where he commands the screen. Emile Hirsch is unrecognisable in this role which shows us the talent he has but doesn’t always give us. Josh Brolin is good in his role, while the rest of talent is good through the film too.

StoryThe story follows Harvey Milk as he rose to political power in a civil rights movement for the homosexual people. This shows the struggles he must go through to help make this go through and the team that supported him in his battle for this civil right. This shows us how people have always fought for their rights the right way no matter what they must overcome.

Biopic/History/RomanceThe biopic side of this film shows us Harvey Milk and just how important he and his team were to the civil rights movement. It shows us how important this moment in history was for civil rights movements too. The romance side shows how difficult it was for Harvey to keep a relationship while running for office.

SettingsThe settings show how Harvey rose through he ranks, starting with just a street, before a district and moving onto political offices.


Scene of the Movie –
The rallying call.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is a frustration about why people acted like this holding people back.

Final ThoughtsThis is an important movie about how the civil rights movement was important for everyone involved, it needed to change, it did thanks to this man Harvey Milk at his beliefs.

 

Overall: Important drama for all to see.

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Matt Damon Weekend – Promised Land (2012)

promised landDirector: Gus Van Sant

Writer: John Krasinski, Matt Damon (Screenplay) Dave Eggers (Story)

Starring: Matt Damon, Hal Holbrook, Frances McDormand, Titus Welliver, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lucas Black, Scoot McNairy

 

Plot: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Drama

 

Story: Promised Land starts as we meet Steve Butler (Damon) one of the best salesmen for a natural gas company where he makes the most and cheapest purchases within his company. Steve teams up with Sue (McDormand) to meet the locals of a small town where the natural gas is up for grabs.

What looks like an easy job takes a turn for worse when Frank Yates (Holbrook) challenges the idea of fracking in the town which leads to an environmental guy Dustin Noble (Krasinski) supporting the town. This leads to a battle to make his sell go through with the town turning on him supporting Dustin.

Promised Land is a drama that throws us into the world of potential fracking pros and cons. We get to see how small town America is struggling with money and can get taken advantage of by big businesses. We get to see how even the guy trying to make the deals can fall victim to what is the right to wrong choices being made. The story does flow nicely but in the end it does all come down to an audience member needing to be in the right mood for this film.

 

Actor Review

 

Matt Damon: Steve works for a natural gas company and is one of the best in the business always making the sales. He is on the verge of a promotion but this latest sale which seems so easy takes a turn for the worse when he has to go against an environmentalist while he also falls for a local girl. Matt is good in this leading role.

John Krasinski: Dustin is an environmentalist who has come to the town to warn them of the effects of fracking making Steve’ job very difficult. He is a victim of what happens to fracking and his evidence puts the deal up in the air. John makes for a good opposite to Damon through the film.

Frances McDormand: Sue is the partner of Steve’s, she keeps him in line while keeping her own relationship with her son going. She approaches her deals differently to Steve and is always someone he can throw ideas around with. Frances is good as this supporting character throughout.

Support Cast: Promised Land has a supporting cast that all feel like different members of a tight community the town is with each of their own problems.

Director Review: Gus Van SantGus does a good job directing this showing us Steve’s struggles through the situation.

 

Drama: Promised Land puts us into the morale questions of whether short term money is enough to cover long environmental effects.

Settings: Promised Land puts us in the small town where each moment in the film feels like we are following a small community.
Suggestion
: Promised Land is one to try mostly because the subject isn’t the most popular for the audience to see. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The questions being asked about whether fracking is the right decision or not.

Worst Part: Slightly to campaign heavy.

 

Believability: This is a subject going on around the world at the moment.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline: What’s your price?

 

Overall: Very informative drama about the pros and cons of fracking.

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Matt Damon Weekend – Good Will Hunting (1997)

godDirector: Gus Van Sant

Writer: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck (Screenplay)

Starring: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, Cole Hauser

 

Plot: Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Amazing

 

Story: Good Will Hunting starts with Bostonians janitor Will Hunting (Damon) and his best friend Chuckie Sullivan (Affleck) who have always had to look after themselves. When professor Gerald Lambeau (Skarsgard) puts a theorem outside his M.I.T. room for his students to solve over the year Will solves it while cleaning the floors.

When Will finds himself in trouble with the law Gerald arranges to get him out of jail time with the deal of working with Gerald and seeing a therapist and after going through the professional respected ones Gerald turns to his old roommate Sean Maguire (Williams) who has alternative methods as his last resort.

Sean gets through to Will on a new level pushing him to actually us his gift while Will’s loyalty to his friends could put this future in jeopardy.

Good Will Hunting is one of the most powerful films of the whole of the 90s if not all of film time. The following of one man trying to find his place in the world with all the potential in the world is always going to be difficult to turn into a natural story but this one hits it on every level. The idea of building to genius to need to see what they are capable is brilliant as we see how understand the gift is just as important too. I believe the friendships feel natural and showing how the friendship between Will and Sean builds not only improves Will’s life but Sean’s too. I find this to be one of the most motivating films I have ever seen.

 

Actor Review

 

Matt Damon: Will Hunting is a self-taught genius that is living South Boston working as a janitor in M.I.T. spending the nights drinking with his buddies. When professor Lambeau learns his of his gift Will must go through therapy becoming one of the most wanted men in business world while deciding his own future. Matt showed all of potential in this performance where he is brilliant in.

Robin Williams: Sean Maguire is a brilliant therapist who was roommate of Gerald Lambeau. He is the only therapist that is willing to give Will the time needed as well as having the heartbreak of losing his wife to a long battle with cancer. Sean helps guide Will into deciding his future becoming the father figure he has never had. Robin is sensational in this role especially when you think this comes in the middle of a string of comedic roles.

Ben Affleck: Chuckie Sullivan is the best friend of Will’s who is the closest to family that Will has ever had. Chuckie sees the gift Will has and is involved in my favourite scene of the film. He will stand by Will through every moment of his life. Ben is great in this supporting role being the friend that Will needs and with the natural friendship between Ben and Matt shows through.

Stellan Skarsgard: Prof Gerald Lambeau is the teacher at M.I.T. who has put the tests up for his student only to find Will solving them. He is the one that save Will from jail putting him on the right path because he sees just how great he could be. Stellan is great in this role and the scene in the pub with Robin Williams brilliant.

Support Cast: Good Will Hunting has quite a small supporting cast with the extra characters being the rest of the group of friends and the love interest.

Director Review: Gus Van SantGus gives us one of the most powerful dramas filled with all the emotion needed.

 

Drama: Good Will Hunting is a powerful drama filled with emotion and life choices need to be made by Will.

Settings: Good Will Hunting keeps most of the settings simple but enough to show the different worlds Will seems to be stuck between.
Suggestion
: Good Will Hunting is one I do think everyone should be watching. (Must Watch)

 

Best Part: Best part of my day.

Worst Part: Nothing.

Funniest Scene: Harvard bar.

Favourite Quote: Chuckie ‘Every day I come by your house and I pick you up. And we go out. We have a few drinks, and a few laughs, and it’s great. But you know what the best part of my day is? For about ten seconds, from when I pull up to the curb and when I get to your door, ’cause I think, maybe I’ll get up there and I’ll knock on the door and you won’t be there. No goodbye. No see you later. No nothing. You just left. I don’t know much, but I know that.’

 

Believability: It could easily be a real story.

Chances of Tears: Happy tears.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 2 Oscars including Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes

Tagline: Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them.

 

Overall: One of the most powerful, motivating and emotional movies ever made.

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