The Day the Earth Stood Still in IMAX is quite stunning. Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly did a great job of it and I thought this was one of Jennifer Connelly's best performances. First off there is no way anyone can compare the classic 1951 movie with this one. The original can't be beat ever. I personally rank it at the top of my list of best movies of all time with Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and of course Billy Gray among others. The simplicity and storyline was solid in that 1951 classic. Now zoom to 2008 and what do you get? A supped up flashy rendition with the basic script changed to a point that really disappointed me. In the original, Klaatu came to earth to warn earthlings of immanent annihilation if they didn't stop all the wars especially with the nuclear weapons. The current day version claimed they would destroy all earthlings now, because they were destroying the earth. Give me a break, that is so lame I could puke. We all want a clean planet but kill everyone to achieve it is illogical and just plain stupid. The next point they totally missed was the part about Klaatu wanting only to talk to all the leaders of the world and not just one leader (the USA). But that never happened, there was no message to all the leaders of the world or anything close. As for the day the earth actually stood still, didn't happen until the end of the movie and then the movie ended. Again stupid! Plot is messed up on this one and that is sad. So I don't compare the two movies because they can't be compared, two different animals. If you ever get to see the original 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still please do so. I have it on DVD, so I know it's out there. My total rating for this movie is 2 1/2 stars. I do however think it is worth seeing. Exciting and action packed. Oh by the way tell Gort, "Gort, Klaatu barada nikto."
— December 14, 2008 4:22 p.m.

Struggle and Strife

Milk is a must see for members of the gay community, many younger gays just don't know who Harvey Milk was or who George Moscone was either, nor for that matter Dan White? For back in the 1970s when all this really happened was part of the beginnings of gay activism. A time when gays were beat, killed and harassed by no, not gay haters, but the police, sheriffs, and any other law enforcement segment. Gays were afraid to be who they were in public or public places and this movie reflects part of that era. Casting of this movie was right on with Sean Penn as Harvey Milk the looks were quite stunning to say the least. Josh Brolin as Dan White was an excellent match. James Franco's part as Milk's lover fitted well. Emile Hirsch gave a good performance as a young gay activist. There were some actual scenes of San Francisco during that time in the movie which added a realness to it. What actually went thru the mind of Dan White and why he killed Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, God only knows. You can see the push of Harvey Milk in his pursuit to free gays from being persecuted. His long hard fought destiny to become supervisor of San Francisco finally came to fruition in 1977 when he became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. Dan White could not handle Harvey Milk and his drive to push gay agendas, nor the support of George Moscone. Finally Dan White reached his limit and went off the deep end by killing both of them. 3 1/2 stars is well deserved in this movie, well done by director Gus Van Sant.
— December 1, 2008 7:29 a.m.

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