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8: The Mormon Proposition
8: The Mormon Proposition
DVD ~ Dustin Lance Black
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15 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak Treatment of an Important Topic, June 29, 2010
This review is from: 8: The Mormon Proposition (DVD)
This documentary deals with an important and timely topic, namely the deliberate and secretive intrusion of the Church of Later Day Saints into the civil struggle over marriage equality. It also contains new and important information about how the Mormons attempted to disguise their activities, probably in violation of their tax status as a non-political religious entity. This is vital material that deserves to be known to a broad audience.

Thus it is sad and unfortunate that the film is so utterly unengaging. The director uses every cheesy trick possible: scary music, distorted pictures of LDS church leaders, rag-tag children, and a celebrity narrator. What it does NOT have is any real through story or fully developed characters. There is no beginning middle and end, just a series of tirades. And the entire second half of the film seems tacked on to stretch the length rather than to draw in the audience.

Its a testament to the importance of the topic that this film was shown at SUndance. It's a pity it wasn't constructed in a compelling manner such as other documentaries on this topic; e.g. For the Bible Tells Me. This COULD have been an important film.
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Out in the Silence
Out in the Silence
DVD ~ Joe Wilson
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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Story, December 11, 2009
This review is from: Out in the Silence (DVD)
This film reminds me of an Agnes Varda documentary: you start out thinking it's about one thing, but it turns into quite another.

The story begins when the filmmaker runs an announcement of his marriage to another man in his hometown newspaper in the small, conservative town of Oil City, PA. Not surprisingly there is quite a backlash, especially from the head of a local right-wing fundamentalist group. But instead of spending the next hour on the pros and cons of same-sex marriage, the filmmaker begins to explore what it's like to be gay or lesbian in a rural community.
Soon, the film evolves into a completely different set of interrelated stories about a gay youth who is being tormented at the oil City High School and his brave mom, two women who are trying to build a business, and a fundamentalist preacher who has second thoughts about the consequenceses of his religious pronouncements. Each character is wonderful in their own way, but I especially liked the mother, Kathy, who is like a lioness fighting for her cubs.

Despite the serious subject matter, the documentary has plenty of joy and humor. I was fortunate to watch a preview screening in my home town with a supportive audience, and they were alternately crying, laughing and cheering.

This is the best documentary I've watched in a long time. The real beauty is that it's not just for the already enlightened. Nobody with a heart could watch this film and not be deeply moved.
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