bareback mountain

arvin made a review of brokeback mountain on our yahoo group. megan made a comment. megan is this close friend of mine from high school. she's now in the states.
Brokeback Mountain
Drama
Heath Ledger (A knight’s Tale), Jake Gyllenhaal (bubble boy), Randy Quaid (Home on the Range), Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries), Michelle Williams (Dawson’s Creek), Anna Farris (Scary Movie Series)
 
A movie based on Annie Proulx’s short story. Ang Lee directs.
 
It’s basically a love story, a love story between two guys. Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) sign up for a sheep-herding job in the glorious peaks of Brokeback. They meet right by Joe Aguirre’s (Quaid) trailer office.
 
They find themselves in each other’s company, in the wilderness. They get to know each other. Jack’s the perky one, an all out extrovert, at times cocky. Jack is balanced by Ennis’ attempt to keep everything to himself. Eventually, he loosens up and in the midst of the canned beans, alcohol and sheep doodie, they get it on. The following morning they make it clear that none of them is queer. It was a one-time deal. It will never happen again. Evening falls. They get busy. The herding season ends and they get back to civilization. They part like nothing happened. Jack goes back to the family ranch and the rodeo while Ennis goes home to Wyoming to tie the knot.    
 
Ennis marries the clueless Alma (Williams). They have two lovely girls. Jack meets the rich rodeo girl Lureen (Hathaway). He knocks her up and marries her. All this while Lureen’s a-hole dad makes life a living hell for Jack. Ennis and Jack still think of each other.
 
Will they come clean and tell their wives they tapped another dude in the woods? Will they be accepted by the society they live in? Will they be drawn and quartered? Will they ever be able to remove the stench of horse dropping from their hair? How about those poor, poor sheep? The kids, how will they explain that their daddies like man-gina?
 
  
Kudos to Ang Lee! It is a beautifully made film. I had to sugar shock myself though, but great nonetheless. Cinematography was good. You can feel the searing sun of Texas and you will choke on the dust. Excellent screenplay. I have not yet read the short story itself but I bet the adaptation is a thing to marvel at. There are a lot lines that would stick with you for a good period of time. The exchange of dialogues is sharp and almost spontaneous.
 
 
Great job by the cast. Particularly Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. Heath did a good job on bringing life to the excessively introverted Ennis. When you see him holding back tears you would want to rub his back, hand over a Kleenex and say, “Pare, iiyak mo, ayos lang ‘yan, gusto mo beer?” When Michelle entered the scene, one can’t help but feel sorry for her throughout the movie. She has no idea.
 
Anna Farris made a small appearance. No, not as herself but Lureen’s friend. Speaking of Lureen, I think she can make do without the gigantic wigs. It’s like she changes her hair whenever she gets the chance. People would go, “Holy Grail what’s that on her head?”
 
The music’s good. It’s very subtle and gives the audience a feel of the west.
 
This film couldn’t have picked a better time to be released. In a way, this film’s not only for the non-gender specific. Everybody needs acceptance. I remember an episode of Seinfeld wherein he was outed in a local tabloid. He denies like crazy and after every denial he would say, “Not that there’s anything wrong with it, a person’s sexual preference is nobody’s business but his own”. 100% correct. Not only his sexual preference for that matter, what he eats, who he worships, how he spends his time, what he does for a living. These depend on the person. It’s called freedom.  
 
It’s a shame to see two people, perfectly in love with other, hide their feelings. Love is perfect. It need not have genital requirements or a grand approval.
 
Watching this movie, I have learned a few things that I want to share to you my tens of readers. Here they are:
 
·        Heath Ledger is the skinny version of John Cena (Warrior Princess?).
·        Homosexual, uhm, intimacy is very physical. No wonder most gay guys are buffed up.
·        Homosexual playful banter might include tools of bondage such as a lasso. It may also include flirtatious sparring and a bleeding nose.
·        Anne Hathaway’s jugs can put out an eye. Two eyes if you’re good.
·        Jake Gyllenhaal’s head is weird.
·        Skinny dipping with another guy is not a turn on.
·        Skinny dipping with a girl is a turn on.
·        Being a cowboy doesn’t always have to do with cows. Sometimes it has to do with sheep…. And bears.
·        Ryan Seacrest may be gay after all.
 
Bye for now ladies and germs!
 



From Megan:

brokeback mountain's premise, well as the "world" sees it is "whoever u are and watever u are as long as i love you it doesnt matter" love is blind they profess, but love can't be blind for what is right. Homosexuality isn't championed when it comes to love, for me love must have boundaries. but hey it's just me, sodom and gomorrah just happens to be my story of which i declare my grounds.
  
 
p.s.
seeing two straight men groping and kissing just makes me want to vomit
no offense to our uprising homosexual commoners, brokeback mountain is just a BIG eww

here's my reply:


i havent seen brokeback mountain but i have read the short story by anne proulx. and from what i can gather, the plot development is a bit.. meeeeeeeeeeh.. i mean, its not about two straight people turning gay.. heavens no.. its about two people REALIZING that they were gay. somewhat. "i aint no queer".. right.. ok fine. so its two straight acting men who love to eat pussy but eventually tires of it and decides that they'd rather go bareback with each other.. what a mess.

on a lighter note, i appreciated how the film (im assuming it stayed true to the short) attempted to shed attention on a topic that's definitely taboo in some places. no im not talking about homosexuality and how hard it is to come out. im talking about THE REASON ITS SO HARD TO COME OUT. its about how people view homosexual behavior (not just the sex) as disgusting. its about persecution and the campaign of the almighty clergymen who declare "thou hath doneth doom on us all. thou shalt now incur the fulleth wrath of God. may he haveth mercy upon thy soul." .. creepy. fire and brimstone anyone?




i want you to know megan that i take NO OFFENSE from your comment. i am aware that that was just your opinion, im only saddened by the implication that you now consider yourself as someone on a higher moral plane than us "uprising homosexual commoners". what happened to you? you used to be so nice. and totally gay.

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