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Brokeback Mountain [Jan. 21st, 2007|09:58 pm]
Tony Grist
Those poor boys, they never had a chance.

But of course they did. All they had to do was get into one of those trucks of theirs and drive east.

Only the East didn't exist for them. They didn't know it was there. 

They belonged to the land and the land they belonged to was grand

And empty and bleak and imprisoning.

Landscape as fate.

A landscape untouched by time. 

The sideburns lengthened, the tunes on the juke-box altered, nothing else changed.

The elders like grey ghosts, their word still law.  "I'll tell you one thing. We have a family plot; he's going into it."

Jack travelled in a wider circle than Ennis; he could even bring himself to cross into Mexico.  But  Ennis, poor Ennis, was shackled to the one place.

The tragedy of a terribly, terribly limited man.

A man who couldn't live for fear of dying.

I was weepy for hours afterwards.
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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2007-01-22 01:26 am (UTC)
I felt worse for the wives.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-22 10:27 am (UTC)
Everyone in the movie suffers. That's one of the strengths of it. The boys aren't simply victims, they lay waste to everything around them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-22 10:29 am (UTC)
Heath Ledger gives a very powerful performance. He reminds me Sterling Hayden; remember him?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-23 10:01 am (UTC)
He's in Dr Strangelove too. And the Asphalt Jungle. It was his gruff performance in the Asphalt Jungle I was particularly thinking of. Oh, yes, and he plays the corrupt police chief in the Godfather.
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[User Picture]From: sina_says
2007-01-22 08:24 pm (UTC)
i watched that again this weekend. against my better judgement. i made the boy watch it with me, as well, even though he was resistant. (he wasn't resistant because he's homophobic, he was resistant because he thought it would be a "chick flick". which it wasn't.) i got all weepy afterward. again. he just frustrated with them, pleading with the screen, "just move! just leave! run away! be happy!" it's not that he didn't understand why they didn't run off together to make another, more honest, life. i think it's just that the idea of not doing everything one can to satisfy one's basic need to be happy was so foriegn to him.

sorry, rambling...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-22 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, if they'd been different types of people they'd have run for it, but they weren't and that's their tragedy. They'were stuck- as a lot of people are.

I probably shouldn't have watched it on my birthday. It's a real downer, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2007-01-23 12:14 pm (UTC)
"Weepy for hours"--I remember.

I'm catching up here and enjoying your reviews. Think I'll watch Hidden Tiger today--I love the atmosphere he creates.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-23 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'm keen to see Crouching Tiger again. In fact we've just ordered a copy.
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