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15 December 2005 @ 12:03 am
Brokeback Mountain (2005) is just another example of how Golden Globe nominations might not count for a damn thing. Nikki and I went out to Santa Monica to view the film that's not yet in full-release. As far as I'm concerned, it should stay that way.

My main problem was that I could not see a main premise except that Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger's characters were madly in love with each other, and went through great troubles to spend time at the old place where they herded sheep (the mountain). It seems to be the chronicle of a trying and controversial relationship over time (20+ years), nothing outrageously special.

I may retreat back to foreign films only. This is (at least) the third one this year that has let me down so.

What I saw was a whole bunch of sloppy concepts tossed together. Oh, let's throw in a sex scene. Let's have Heath Ledger randomly kiss Jake Gyllenhaal in front of his fake wife (played by Michelle Williams). Sorry, that doesn't wash with me.

The thing is, nobody triumphs. No one evolves. No one learns a thing. Why?

This was directed by Ang Lee, who also gave us the gem Hulk (2003). If you like stories with plot, I would not recommend Brokeback Mountain for anything.
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A Poet and a Paladinpoetpaladin on December 15th, 2005 08:48 am (UTC)
I guess Ang lost his touch after Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon...

I'll have to go watch the movie to see.
Kicking Names & Taking Ass By All Means Unecessarykling_klang_bed on December 15th, 2005 08:56 am (UTC)
Liberal Hollywood+Gay Film+Overwhelming Urge To Disprove Their Corperate WhoreDom= Golden Globes galore.
milo___inlovemilo___inlove on December 15th, 2005 09:07 am (UTC)
Huh? I thought Yimou Zhang directed Crouching Tiger... crazy!
Tomlibran24 on December 15th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
...Santa Monica?

I'm coming back to LA on Saturday night, and I'll be home til after Christmas...and there are PLENTY of movies I want to see (foreign included)... :)
Brandybrandelyn on December 15th, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)

My work schedule's crazy busy for the next six days or so... where will you be staying?
Von Enemyvonenemy on December 15th, 2005 09:14 am (UTC)
I was going to ignore this film on principal alone...

come see kong sunday at the grove... interspecies love story... peter jackson always fails to dissapoint....
Hazelkatrinasolo on December 15th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
two yummy guys...
unlike some, i'm going just watch heath and jake make out. If it turns out I think the film sucks or I think its the greatest thing since sliced bread, ::shrug:: ok. :D
Impeccably Me: not sleepign with youimpeccablyme on December 15th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: two yummy guys...
I'm with you! Bring on the hot guy on guy action! :)
simplecity2htwn on December 15th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
I'd been wondering about this movie. I thought that the role was a tremendous risk for both actors and wondered if they'd be able to pull it off without completely toasting their careers. All the while, it never occured to me that the moview might just be plain bad, without taking the subject matter into account.
this karma machine only takes quarters.alioth on December 15th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
Did you read the story the movie was based on? Because...yeah. If the movie is as you describe, it follows the original story pretty well. It was a strange, frustrating read. You can find it in the archives of the New Yorker.
Brandybrandelyn on December 15th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)

No, I haven't! looks like I've got something to read. :)
The Journal of Yours Truely, Tobypliqueajour on December 15th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
Damn, and I was really looking forward to seeing the Gay Cowboy movie!
dot dot dotagentelrond on December 15th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Perhaps that was the point. Maybe there isn't a resolution. Maybe things remain up in the air. In some ways, I suppose, that's like real life.
still annie... any way you cut it: Hand-eyetesseracting on December 15th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
i was at barnes and noble today and read the story this is based on, specifically so I could have something to add to this discussion. (It's very short, took me less than an hour to get through)

But now i'm curious about how directly it was adapted to film. Something that i doubt came across in the movie is all the description of how gross and stinky everything was for the guys.

For the record, however, the book didn't have much of a plot either. Just the string of their relationship and how Ennis deals with having a male lover.
periheliaperihelia on December 15th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
i like french films, personally.
Rhianonymousjanissaryjames on December 16th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
That's the first negative review I've heard of Brokeback Mountain, but your opinion counts more than the half dozen NPR pundits who I've heard singing it's praises. For some reason, indy movies about gay cowboys have always struck me as a bit cliche.
tuesdayevenings on December 17th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
What have been your favorite movies this year?
Brandybrandelyn on December 17th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)


Melinda and Melinda (although it came out in '04, I saw a screening of it this year)
milo___inlovemilo___inlove on December 17th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)