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movies [Jan. 17th, 2006|11:57 pm]
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So Melissa & I saw "Brokeback Mountain" and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Heath Ledger is completely awesome. Jake Gyllenhaal, not so much. He's kind of a dork, and is probably does the least convincing 'age 20 years' ever. Ledger is perfectly true to the smalltown cowboys I knew from my time in the west, and he talks exactly like my Uncle Chris's dad from Sandy, Utah. Some articles I read were kind of annoyed that the first mainstream movie about gay people was mostly by a bunch of breeders, but like Rumsfeld said, you go to war with the army you have, not the one you wish you had. Certainly homosexuals have been making movies about straight people for a long time and no one complains.

But then, we watched "Mad Hot Ballroom" tonight and it completely changed my perspective on "Brokeback," because I cared a lot more about the kids from Washington Heights than I ever did about Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar. Of course they're fictional characters, and the kids are real, and amazing. Brokeback is OK, but it doesn't get its hooks into you the way a great movie can.