Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Awaiting Brokeback Mountain

Am I the only straight woman who can't wait to see Brokeback Mountain? I'm not a huge fan of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, or of cowboys, or of westerns. But there's just something magnetic about those two men dressed up as cowboys and filled with the yearning of a forbidden love. (It must be the yearning thing.) I plan to see the movie, swoon, and cry. Who's with me?

After writing that paragraph, I watched the preview via the link above. It confirms: Yes, I don't care for rodeos and smoking cowboys and whatnot. But the relationship part of the movie looks just stunningly heartbreaking. The movie opens December 9.

28 comments:

Itchy said...

OK...you've done more research into the movie than I have. All it took for me to want to see it is the thoughts of them making out...I'ma simple girl with simple needs. Hot dudes makin' out is one of those needs...

(I lurk here a lot...sorry that it took hot man love to bring me out...)

Mignon said...

I read a review that said the acting was excellent and that lots and lots of yearning occurred. I'm all for a good western (Silverado!) and I like me some cowboys (Clint!) so this movie has it going on up down and backwards for me.
Orange you have to do a blog review, though, because I go to movies about as often as I change the oil in my car.

PS This word verification thing must be hell for dyslexics...

bitchphd said...

There ain't nothin' about gay cowboys I don't like.

Sergei C. said...

"But the relationship part of the movie looks just stunningly heartbreaking." That's all I needed to hear - now I won't even rent the thing.

Orange said...

Exactly, Sergei—it's a chick flick about men. But the hotness, that should be universal.

Maine said...

Excellent. Now I can watch all the lesbain pr0n I want, completely guilt free.

Excuse me as I go rent Bound again.

Orange said...
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Orange said...

Maine, Bound would be better if you could edit out all the violent parts, wouldn't it?

Charlie said...

Well, I can't speak as a woman, but I know I'm very much looking forward to seeing this movie. I'm not usually one for a cowboy movie (with some notable exceptions), but I do love the contrast it creates. After all, if there is one thing that cowboys aren't supposed to be, it's gay.

Orange said...

So far, my unscientific survey efforts show that every woman wants to see this movie, but only 1 in 4 men is interested. Keep the votes coming!

Charlie said...

What are Mr. Tangerine's thoughts on this film?

Orange said...

Mr. Tangerine isn't interested in it. He says he'll see it with me if I can't find anyone else to go with. But I've got a friend who says she'll make a special trip to Chicago just so we can see this movie. He's off the hook.

It'll be interesting to see if the great reviews draw a lot of straight men to this movie, or if most of them will be too homophobically chicken—or just too disinterested in a relationshippy movie that does sound for all the world like a chick flick starring men.

Maine said...

Relationship movie.
Cowboys without violence.
Dudes kissing, which is, while accepted, still gross to look at.
Jake Gyllenhall not inside a plastic bubble.

Call me crazy, but I doubt this will be a hit with the straight male set.

Orange said...

Maine, I think there's some violence. In the preview there's, um, a bear, and a guy falls off a horse onto his head (ow!), and there's some rodeo stuff, and I find rodeos inherently violent. Maybe there's no shootout at the Hot Guy Corral, but there's some hurtin'. Still not up your alley?

I learned via One Good Thing that some women go crazy for the man-on-man pr0n. I didn't quite get it until I saw the ads for this movie. Now? Me likey.

Chris Clarke said...

There ain't nothin' about gay cowboys I don't like.

No way am I kissing a guy who chews.

Orange said...

I actually did that once in college. Yeah, I could've done without the transfer of tobacky bits.

Mignon said...

In college my roommate, intending to buy Playgirl, mistakenly bought Playguy. The model poses were sort of not right on first inspection, and we only realized after reading the Fantasy Forum that it was for gay men. Us four chicks dug it, and as an added benefit, we could also leave it (and other issues) open around the bathroom and prevent the guys from downstairs from using our toilet.

The Assimilated Negro said...

*shudder*

Charlie said...

Mignon, that is the funniest way to keep men out of your bathroom I've ever heard. Kudos!

DoctorMama said...

I read the story years ago when it came out in the New Yorker, and it stuck with me longer than just about any story I've ever read there. It was raw & hearbreaking & compelling. I happen to love Jake Gyllenhall, too ... BUT I'm not positive I'll try to see it, because the story made me so sad, I don't know as I want to go through that again!

I did ask my husband if he wanted to see it, and he said, "Sure. It's supposed to be good, isn't it? I'm sure I'll like it." So where does that put the female:male ratio?

The magazine trick could have seriously backfired -- when I was in college the science center bathroom became THE place to go for men who were into guy-on-guy action, and it was tough for anyone who just wanted a pee to avoid stumbling onto some wild scenes.

It's true -- word verification discriminates against dyslexics!

Itchy said...

I had my hubby convinced to go see it...until he heard me telling my Mom about the hot man love...Seems that I now need to find someone to go with me.

the nut said...

I'm waiting to see Pride & Prejudice, Rent, Memoirs of a Geisha and Narnia. This movie, even with all the hot man love, is gonna have to take the 5th position. I'm hoping to see at least 2 of these next weekend while Peanut is with his dad.

Orange said...

My husband now says he'd see the movie, So we've added two men (Messrs. Tangerine and DoctorMama), lost one (Mr. Itchy), kept one (Charlie), never had three (Maine, Sergei, TAN), and have one indeterminate (Chris is on record as not wanting to kiss a cowboy, but the watching thereof? Status unknown). So that's about a 50/50 split among the men, vs. 100% of the women weighing in as being in favor.*

*Not a representative sample. Margin of error, ±75%.

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

Is voting still open? I'd like to see it. Adding "gay" to any male stereotype makes it intersting. Cowboys. Yawn. Gay cowboys --woo hoo. Wrestlers? Ditto. Football players? You get the idea.

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

Oh, and re: Bound. The violence is ok because the Wachowski brothers make it look so purty.

ding said...

i have a whole group of women just sweating to see this movie. i read the movie poster really closely to see what they listed in the ratings square; if they say sexual 'situations' then it's just yearning; if they say 'some sexuality' then it's hot cowboy man love!!

grr.

(i remember the exact moment i realized i loved man/man action: back in grad school, i stumbled on my gay best friend in a clinch with his boyfriend and i couldn't look away, getting more and more aroused. it was sooo hot.)

Anonymous said...

I saw a animated gif the other day of Heath and Jake kissing posted on some blog somewhere. Has ANYONE SEEN THIS? It was so incredibly hot, very slow and tentative. I just about died. Now I can't find it, can anyone help?! :-)

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