Monday, October 22, 2007


    Ok, Brokeback Mountain was a good movie. I would not say great, but good. I certainly would not say I was bored watching it, but something about it did not hold my interest. The performances were good and their were some powerful scenes, but something about all the awards and attention it got bothered me.

    To me, my favorite part of Brokeback were the nude pics of Heath that came out prior to the movie. These pics were of Heath and Jake's body double (Damn), filming the scene where they jump off the cliff while swimming. These are the first full frontals of Heath that I have seen, and although I am sure he was pissed, they added buzz thoughout the net and sparked a lot of anticipation about the movie and what nudity might be included.

    Well, the pics did not prove to be a foreshadowing of nudity in the film. Again I say something about the movie bugged me. Maybe it was all the press fasination with the kissing and sex scenes between two men. It got boring to listen to the answers and Jake and Heath seemed bugged by the questions and attention in the end, maybe even embarrassed. I do not fault them really, the sex scenes take up a few minutes of a very long story and seemed to take attention away from the performances. I think Jake Gyllenhaal has been in better movies, Donnie Darko (above) to name one. Jake is a well liked actor, but has to be careful with roles as sometimes he seems hit and miss in his bringing his characters to life.

    Heath Ledger is a great actor, and for my money was more powerful in his role in Candy (above) as a drug addict trying to put his life together. Regardless I just feel there are other great movies about gay life which are better told, better acted and deserve the attention Brokeback got. (Latter Days, below is just one of many). It is great the two Hollywood stars brought so much attention to this love story, but in someways I feel it may not have helped as much as hurt. Just my thoughts.

    Now of course the Heath Nudes were not the best part of the movie, but they were my favorite part.

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