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    Wednesday, September 07, 2005

    Brokeback Mountain



    Getting through Humpday requires the making of plans ridiculously far in advance. Here's one suggestion. The gay cowboy movie!

    The Times Review sure makes it sound like a tearjerker:
    Ang Lee said it was simple: "When I first read the story, it gripped me. It's a great American love story, told in a way that felt as if it had never been done before. I had tears in my eyes at the end. You remember? You see the shirts put away in the closet side by side." . . .Response at early preview screenings has been positive, if notably damp. After one, Mr. Schamus said, "my wife came out of the ladies' room and said, 'There are 15 women in there, and they're all crying.' I said, 'You ought to see the mens' room.' "

    And The Advocate gives a reason to see it, even if you're not into man-on-man action: Ledger said Brokeback, shot amid stunning mountain vistas, was the first "proper" love story he had played. "I find there's not a lot of mystery left in stories between guys and girls; it's all been done or seen before," he said. "I felt this was such a refreshing story of love. For me, our characters were also complex, and to...really investigate this form of humanity and expression of love was an opportunity that I hadn't had."

    No matter how straight you are, the gay romance offers opportunities to view romance teased out of the heterosexual trope which, frankly, doesn't fit today's relationships, regardless of the genders of its participants. So . . . here's your big December plan!

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