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milkboys Films & Cinema 22 Comments

A compelling short film by Dustin Lance Black takes a look at young, queer romance and the choices teens have today in responding to those who may be different from them.

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  1. What language is this? I didn’t recognize it.

    I’ll need to watch this again for the psychology of it …. it’s interesting, but strange. It’s more than just “what would you do for a ‘true’ friend — the dialog in the beginning is “more” than just being a friend, I think.

  2. ❦Excellent film…
    Too many people nowadays call acquaintances friends or say best friends when speaking about casual friends, one’s they’d gladly stab in the back if the need arose.

    This boy truly knew what it was to be a best friend and he honored it. Having a real best friend is the only kind to have.

    1. “This boy truly knew what it was to be a best friend and he honored it. Having a real best friend is the only kind to have.”

      @Devil: I couldn’t agree more. Looking back to the days in my youth when I was their age, I can’t imagine even my very best friend being that supportive and accepting of me, had he known my true orientation. Being gay back then was considered about the worst thing one could be.

      The film gives me hope young people will continue to become more tolerant and respectful towards each other. Good job, Dustin Lance and Coca Cola. May your short help to get the message out there.

  3. ❦A bit more regarding Mr.Black the excellent director of “Milk”.
    The following links are about other projects that he’s working on including this one which is actually first of three short LGBT commercials he’s creating for Latin America:

    http://www.dustinlanceblack.com/coca-cola-premiers-the-short-film-el-sms/

    http://filmschoolrejects.com/features/dustin-lance-black-el-sms-coke-commercial-short-film.php

    http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/milk-screenwriter-and-lgbt-activist-creates-powerful-anti-bullying-campaign-coke-166390

    1. “That was a really weird Coke commercial.”

      Be thankful they didn’t show the refrigerator FULL of coke bottles/cans on every shelf and other sugary foods (like cakes, etc).

  4. This is enjoyable, if just a bit difficult to follow along with all that banter (for us English speakers — yes, I turned on CC). Fast talkers!

    Is this place some sort of boarding school? There’s so many “personal” elements in it other than a “regular” school.

    Somewhat funny:
    Raphael: “[Diego,] What secret skills are you hiding?”
    Diego: “Just getting behind you when you answer your phone.”

    For someone trying to hide his gayness from the others, Raphael certainly is sloppy.

    But it’s acted pretty well for the ‘storyline’.

    One question [for plausibility and reality]:
    When Diego picks up Raphael’s phone and just after he sees the message of hearts, why do the other boys try to reach for it? Are all of them trying to “protect” Raphael because they know he has a boyfriend? Or do [they] “see” the heart messages, also? This isn’t very clear.

    Another interesting point: Both boys’ characters are reversed from what you’d expect either/both to be and what the typical media would characterize. I would have expected Raphael to be the ‘homophobe’ because of his constant [chatter] near-putdown of his friend, and Diego to be the gay one. Nice twist to reverse that.

    And I liked the take, “Friends like me, we know the most beautiful girls … and we’re happy to introduce you to them …”

    Btw, Black also wrote the screenplay for J. Edgar which is a very good film (Clint Eastwood directed). He also wrote the play 8, which portrays the actual events in the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial and the testimony which led to the overturn of California’s Proposition 8. He created the play in response to the federal court’s refusal to allow release of video recordings from the trial and to give the public a true account of what transpired in the courtroom. It was written and performed using original transcripts from the trial and journalist records, along with first-hand interviews of the people involved.

    1. Penboy, I can’t believe you picked up on all this detail, and missed the awesome doggie. Watch it again. Thanks.

      1. @horsey:
        “… and missed the awesome doggie.”

        Oh, I noticed it. I just “included” it with my reference to: There’s so many “personal” elements in it other than a “regular” school.

        But the ‘doggie’ isn’t my personal preference to concentrate on for a critical assessment. Btw, what’s so “awesome” about it anyway? Sorry to be “stereotypical,” but what other type of doggie would you expect for a gay boy? :-)

        Don’t worry, I’ve watched it several times, thanks. The actors are quite attractive to me.

  5. I liked the fact that nothing had to be said. All three boys knew what was happening but the director didn’t feel the need to have someone spell it out.

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