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January 23, 2006

Question of the day

Filed under: Movies — Tom @ 2:51 pm

Is it okay with the rest of America if I have absolutely no interest in seeing Brokeback Mountain? Gay theme or not – I don’t care, I really don’t have time or, hell, whatever, to give a crap about anyone’s sexual orientation, let alone a friggin’ movie about it – I just do not want to see this film. It might be fantastic, and from most reports it really is a good movie. But like a million other “great” movies, if I’m not interested in the story itself, I’m not going to go see it. The controversy seems to be driving more people to the movie than anything else. Think about it this way: replace one of the guys with a woman and ask yourself how interested you’d be in seeing this. No thanks.

Hell, I’m still offended that people didn’t go see American Splendor two years ago. That was an incredible film that went completely overlooked by most moviegoers. And that was a true story. I guess a cranky recluse who writes comic books about his everyday life (drawn by other people because he’s not an animator) just isn’t all that interesting. Whatever.

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1 Comment »

  1. “Think about it this way: replace one of the guys with a woman and ask yourself how interested you’d be in seeing this. No thanks.”

    Well of course not. The whole point of the story is that it’s two guys, in love during a time and place when that would get your ass kicked (even more than today). The bigotry angle is what makes it compelling. That’s why people want to see “Schindler’s List” or “Malcolm X.” I’m not trying to start an argument, just offering my view.

    And for the record, I loved “American Splendor” and am also pissed off that it (and Paul Giamatti) didn’t get properly recognized. But you knew that.

    Comment by Chris — January 26, 2006 @ 8:25 am | Reply


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