First Topic – Milk
Harry Forbes, the head movie and television reviewer for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a review praising the movie Milk. Harvey Milk, a homosexual rights activist who ran a camera shop with his male lover in San Francisco's Castro District, was elected to San Francisco's city council as a supervisor in 1977. He was assassinated shortly thereafter, along with the city's mayor, by another supervisor who was enraged that several supervisors were blocking his reappointment by the mayor. The movie, a heroic biopic, exalts the first openly homosexual man elected to public office in U.S. history. It contains scenes of "male kissing, rear male nudity, murder, suicide, and some rough language, crude expressions and profanity" by Forbes' own admission. Despite such material, and despite the movie's blatant glorification of the homosexual rights agenda, it is not rated "Morally Offensive" (O), but only receives a rating of "L", for "Limited Adult Audience." Furthermore, in his review Forbes in no way objects to or cautions viewers about the content of the film, instead offering nothing but words of praise. Al has much to say about Harvey Milk, Harry Forbes and a Catholic view of films, and we get a review from Christianity Today critic Brett McCracken.
Second Topic – Twilight
Twilight is a gothic romance about a self-possessed high school student who moves to Washington state to live with her divorced father and falls for a mysterious classmate who turns out to be a vampire. Steven Greydanus says the Twilight phenomenon is a little like The Da Vinci Code crossed with James Cameron’s Titanic. An ordinary critique of Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular gothic teen romances of vampire love — the first of which is now a monster hit — is a little like shooting fish in a barrel … and just about as pointless. He is here with his review.