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  •  I may be the only gay person (7+ / 0-)

    who didn't like Brokeback Mountain, but I really disliked it (well, both the movie and the short story on which it was based) for a multitude of reasons.

    Well, hello Mrs. Cleaver, and how is young Theodore today? -- Eddie Haskell, early NeoCon prototype

    by wayoutinthestix on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 10:08:52 AM PDT

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    •  I'd like to hear why (6+ / 0-)

      I myself thought it was a great look into the world of rural America, and how the social dynamics might work there. Granted, I have never lived in rural America. I have merely experienced it as a vacationer.

      What were the reasons you didn't like it?

      •  Gay men as tragedy (5+ / 0-)

        Really it wasn't what it was sold as, a love story.  I didn't dislike the film, I just thought it was familiar territory.

        What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

        by Alec82 on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 11:18:09 AM PDT

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      •  The two main (3+ / 0-)
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        characters kept making bad decisions, like getting married, and then kept digging the hole even deeper. Don't be victims, dammit, fight back! Find a way. If the story had taken place a century earlier, maybe I could have swallowed it, but by the end of the story it was the 1960s. I came of age in the '60s. Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No. Did these two ever read a newspaper? Remember when they were waiting at the little office for the foreman guy to show up and the train went by? I was screaming at the screen -- Get on the damn train!!! The last straw for me was when the one guy finally left his wife, he took up with another woman who worked at the grocery store. Oh, c'mon, give me a break! Couldn't these two buy a ranch and say they were brothers? And if the social climate was indeed that impossible, they should have gotten their asses outta there pronto.

        There were plenty of gay people in the early twentieth century who managed to eke out relationships and some level of happiness. Read Jeb and Dash, a true account of gay life in the 1930s and '40s. Even turn of the century Maurice managed a happy ending for some of the characters. I just didn't find the two main characters in Brokeback to be particularly courageous, inventive or resourceful, but I guess that's what I've come to expect from a story that was written, directed and portrayed by people who are not gay. Sympathetic and well-meaning, but seriously short on at least trying to overcome adversity. Those characters were pitiful and I don't want anyone's pity.

        Well, hello Mrs. Cleaver, and how is young Theodore today? -- Eddie Haskell, early NeoCon prototype

        by wayoutinthestix on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 12:45:58 PM PDT

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