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Sunday, January 08, 2006

About that movie...

Yes, we went to see the "gay cowboy" movie, Brokeback Mountain. After all the hype this movie has received in the press, there wasn't going to be any way to keep the BSU from dragging me to see it.

Its a movie, ok? Its not the best movie of all time. I don't even think its the best movie I've seen lately. Sure, its a love story between 2 cowboys that somehow got stuck on (and in) one another, during a summer of drycamping in the mountains and tending sheep, and because of the love they discovered, there is lot's of emotion in the story. SOmehow the emotion didn't extend to making me feel any particular concern about the characters, that's why I wasn't enthralled with the movie. I suppose its edgy because it puts cowboys and gay sex together into a muliplex acceptable movie instead of onto a DVD that might be for sale at the local adult novelty store, but other than that, and the spectacular scenery, I just didn't get it.

Instead, I saw a pair of characters that stuck to a circumstance and relationship long after the relationship stopped working for them. One of them couldn't stay away from the sex and took to picking up male prostitutes to relive the moments he missed with his partner, the other let his wife and children fall away and stuck to a dead end job and dead end town so he could stay in love with a partner that wasn't available to him except in rare, stolen, camping weekends.

I did find a pretty good review of the movie that you might like to read, its The straight dude’s guide to ‘Brokeback’.

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