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Old 12-11-2005, 11:35 AM   #61
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I believe it's just in limited release right now in NY/LA/SF. They probably want to gauge public reaction in large cities before even thinking about trying to show it nationwide.

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So that's what's going on. I was wondering why my local multiplex doesn't have it. I thought this might be the case.

I'm caught in a dilemma.....I want to see it, but I have to admit I am squemish about the love scenes. This isn't about them being gay love scenes. Honest. Truth be told, I am always horribly embarrassed by intense, graphic love scenes. If it's something like where it's up against the wall and you only see fully clothed from the waist up and just French kissing and a little huffing and puffing, that;'s fine by me, but anything showing graphic horizontal nudity and lots of moaning and groaning I shrink ten inches in my seat and cover my eyes. Being Christian has nothing to do with this. It just has to do with my feeling that sex is something sacred and holy and attempting to splash it out on the screen in a realistic fashion demysifies and degrades it. (Besides, most sex scenes are insipid anyway. They never get it right. Most of them make me laugh. I haven't seen many in the theater but I've rented enough on the small screen!) Call me old-fashioned, but sex-overt, graphic sex, even mostly clothed, is something best implied. That way it has more impact.

This may sound insane to some people, but it's how I really feel. We have trivialized and demeaned sex by demystifying it. Some would argue that this has freed us and made us more open, but it has instead in a way (artistically speaking) made it lose its potency.

I feel this way, and am embarrrassed at watching it on a screen 40 ft high. You may argue that I've missed a lot of good movies this way, no, i've merely covered my eyes. But thus sounds like something special and I don;t want to ruin it by having to walk out.

So Irvine, or anyone who has seen it, I'd appreciate it if you broke down the love scenes for me. Really. Esp if there is any moaning and groaning....(I've read the short story, and if it is true to the page..). And don't try to tone it down just b/c you want me to see it. Anyone may say I was repressed, homophobic, etc, but I assure you that is NOT the case. In this day and age it may be difficult to understand my feeling, but there it is. Maybe sex is something more private and sacred to me b/c I've witnessed all three of my mother's disentigrated marriages. I don't know.
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OK.t read the MSNBC thingie (which I tried to repost--thanks guys.

I'll edit that. Just fill me in on exactly WHICH scene the sex scene is during...eg what I'll see on the screen right BEFORE it, so I'll know when to cringe/duck/ go to the ladies room.

And don't lie please....
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I understand, honestly I get squeamish about sex scenes that aren't tastefully done. It sounds like they are in this movie, and according to what I've read there's very little sex in the movie.


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It was a record breaking weekend in the limited-release realm, as "Brokeback Mountain" and "Memoirs of a Geisha" both posted spectacular bows.

Focus' gay cowboy drama scored the highest per-screen average of any pic this year.

"Brokeback," which was named best picture by the L.A. Film Critics Assn. over the weekend, made an astounding $544,549 on five plays in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, for an average of $108,910.

"Most of the shows in some theaters, and in other theaters all the shows, sold out all weekend long," noted Focus distribution toppertopper Jack Foley. "This is the kind of film that is happening to us, as opposed to us driving the film."

Focus plans to expand "Brokeback" to between 50 and 60 screens in the top 18 to 20 markets next week and then hold it until Jan. 6, when expansion will continue depending on B.O.B.O. perfperf and kudos. Pic is expected to go wide by the Martin Luther King Day frame.
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[q]Boston Film Critics go for Brokeback Mountain
Ladies and gents, we now have our official critics' darling, Brokeback Mountain. The interesting thing about Boston is that they were one of the few who predicted Adrien Brody to win for The Pianist, along with director Roman Polanski. Other than that, they are hit and miss. This year, they went for:

Film: Brokeback Mountain
Director: Ang Lee
Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
Supporting: Catherine Keener, Paul Giamatti
Screenplay: Capote, Dan Futterman
Documentary: Murderball
New Filmmaker Award: Joe Wright for Pride & Prejudice

http://www.oscarwatch.com/Awards/boston.html

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[q]AFI's Top Ten
(posted by Darbicus in forums)

Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Crash
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Good Night and Good Luck
A History of Violence
King Kong
Munich
The Squid and the Whale
Syriana
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[q]New York Film Critics Online Award 'Squid'
The 2005 NYFCO (New York Film Critics Online) Awards
Awards Meeting held at Mo Pitkin's Resturant in the East Village


Picture - The Squid and the Whale
Actor - Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
Actress - Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice)
Director - Fernando Meirelles (Constant Gardener)
Supporting Actor - Oliver Platt (Casanova)
Supporting Actress - Amy Adams (Junebug)
Breakthrough Performer - Terrence Howard (Hustle and Flow, Crash, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Four Brothers)
Debut Director - Paul Haggis (Crash)
Screenplay - Paul Haggis (Crash)
Documentary - Grizzly Man
Foreign Language - Downfall
Animated - Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Cinematography - March of the Penguins


Top 9:
The Best of Youth (Miramax)
Brokeback Mountain (Focus)
Capote (Sony Classics)
The Constant Gardener (Focus)
Crash (Lions Gate)
Good Night, and Good Luck. (Warner Independent)
Munich (Universal/DreamWorks)
The Squid and the Whale (Samuel Goldwyn)
Syriana (Warner Bros.)
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[q]Brokeback Wins LAFCA - Anne Thompson Reports
From Anne Thompson and thanks to Twilliams and everyone else in the forum who hunted them down:

Here are the LA Film Critics Winners:

Picture: Brokeback Mountain (over A History of Violence)
Director: Ang Lee (over David Cronenberg)
Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote (over Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain)
Actress: Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone (over Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents)
Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener, for four films (Capote, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Interpreter), over Amy Adams of Junebug
Supporting Actor: William Hurt, A History of Violence (over Frank Langella, Good Night, and Good Luck)
Screenplay - TIE: Dan Futterman, Capote and Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale
Cinematography: Robert Elswit, Good Night, and Good Luck (over 2046)
Production Design: 2046 (over Good Night, and Good Luck)
Music: Joe Hisaishi, Howl's Moving Castle
New Generation Award: Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
Documentary: Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man (over Alex Gibney's Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room)
Animated Feature: Wallce + Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Foreign Film: Michael Haneke's Cachet (over 2046).[/q]
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The reviews are just amazing. I can't wait to see it. Here's an excerpt from the Rolling Stone review:

http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/_/id/6169704

Ang Lee's unmissable and unforgettable Brokeback Mountain hits you like a shot in the heart. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, who bring deep reserves of feeling to this defiantly erotic love story about two Wyoming ranch hands and the external and internal forces that drive them from desire to denial. Directed with piercing intelligence and delicacy by Lee, the film of Annie Proulx's 1997 short story -- the unerring script by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana is a model of literary adaptation -- wears its emotions on its sleeve.

That leaves the film vulnerable. The media keep tagging it as the gay cowboy movie, the queer Gone With the Wind, the Western that puts the poke in cowpoke. Coupled with the rise of homophobia as church and state shout down gay marriage, the film is up against it.

Do me a favor: See the movie first and make your judgments later. It's an eye-opener.

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Ledger's magnificent performance is an acting miracle. He seems to tear it from his insides. Ledger doesn't just know how Ennis moves, speaks and listens; he knows how he breathes. To see him inhale the scent of a shirt hanging in Jack's closet is to take measure of the pain of love lost.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain" led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, among them best dramatic picture and honors for actors
Heath Ledger and
Michelle Williams and director
Ang Lee, positioning itself as a key
Academy Awards competitor.
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain" led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, among them best dramatic picture and honors for actors
Heath Ledger and
Michelle Williams and director
Ang Lee, positioning itself as a key
Academy Awards competitor.


i am firstly thrilled because the film seems to stand on it's own merits -- it's not a film that's noteable simply because it's a gay romance; it's a film that's noteable because it's (at least we're told, i haven't seen it yet) a superlative piece of filmmaking.

that and freaking Jen from Dawson's Creek is a Golden Globe nominee!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!??!?!?!

i suppose stranger things have happened ...

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that and freaking Jen from Dawson's Creek is a Golden Globe nominee!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!??!?!?!
I know, that is too weird..then again Joey is marrying Tom Cruise and becoming a Scientologist next thing you know Pacey will win the Nobel Prize
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The Borowitz Report

WHITE HOUSE ACCIDENTALLY SCREENS ‘BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN’

Cheney, Rove Injured in Stampede for Exit

In what the official White House spokesman today called “a regrettable mistake,” the White House had a private screening last night of the critically acclaimed gay western, “Brokeback Mountain.”

One day after the ill-fated screening, spokesman Scott McClellan said that the White House had launched a “full investigation” to find out how “Brokeback,” which features actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as gay ranch hands, found its way into the White House screening room.

According to one source, however, the decision to screen the film was made by the president himself, who thought that the two ranch hands would be mainly occupied with clearing brush, as he himself is fond of doing at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Additionally, the source said, the film was directed by Ang Lee, who directed one of President Bush’s all-time favorite films, “The Hulk.”

Eyewitnesses at the screening said that seconds into the film’s first explicit man-on-man love scene, shrieks of alarm rose up from the audience and there was a frantic stampede for the exit.

In the ensuing chaos, vice president Dick Cheney reportedly trampled top advisor Karl Rove, with both men reportedly receiving medical attention for injuries sustained in the fracas.

Mr. McClellan said that the White House would take “better care” to make sure that films with gay content do not find their way into the screening room, adding, “We feel more optimistic about tonight’s double feature, ‘Capote’ and ‘Rent.’”
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Mr. McClellan said that the White House would take “better care” to make sure that films with gay content do not find their way into the screening room
...because he'll reserve those particular films for his own bedroom.
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Actually the ads for that movie do look like those pictures of Bush at his ranch wearing that cowboy hat

I hope when I see it I'm not picturing Bush and Rove something tells me I won't be
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I hope when I see it I'm not picturing Bush and Rove something tells me I won't be
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...because he'll reserve those particular films for his own bedroom.


oh no you DIH-INHT!!!!!
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Come on martha, your Bono/Adam obsession is just a cover for your REAL obsession
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