Milk (DVD)

Got Milk?

Director Gus Van Sant’s biopic celebrates the life and death of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California and who, like so many challengers to the American establishment, met his fate at the barrel of a gun. For those unfamiliar with Milk’s rise or demise I’m giving little away, as the film is essentially one giant flashback from the get go, framed around a testimonial read into a microphone for posterity by Milk himself (Sean Penn).

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Bottle Shock (2008)

Wine movie may well pop your cork…

The world of wine is a complicated one. Although many of us stick to what’s on 3-for-2 at the local supermarket, scratch the surface and there’s a whole universe populated by winophiles, who discuss things like vintages, terroir and malactic fermentation. It’s these people who populate Miller’s intriguing Bottle Shock, although the story is bubbly enough that you don’t have to know your Shiraz from your Chardonnay to enjoy it.

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