Posts Tagged ‘Brokeback Mountain’

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The Dark Knight reviewed by meatlights

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Saw The Dark Knight this afternoon. I would get a lot of shit for this if anyone actually read this blog, but Batman Begins is a better movie which I like the most between the two.

Or should I say, three.

To contain my Batcitement (going to see this film made me actually feel happy–such a rare and alien feeling) I bought the animated Batman movie Gotham Knight and watched it the night before.

Gotham Knight (which could also be called Batman 2.5) features 6 loosely connected stories, some referencing events of Batman Begins. It’s beautifully animated and well-written; any Bat Fan is bound to love at least two of the segments and enjoy the rest.

But back to The Dark Knight. Fanboys are claiming the role of The Joker drove Heath Ledger “insane” or pushed him over the edge….it’s an idiotic urban legend that’s taken on a life of its own and will probably be with us for decades. Ledger was no more made insane by this role than he was turned gay by Brokeback Mountain.

Is Ledger’s Joker Oscar-worthy? It’s a moot question due to the tragedy of the circumstances. I thought it was an excellent performance for a rather limited character. A better question would be “Does anyone give a shit about the Oscars any more?”

Aaron Eckhart’s Harvey Dent was equally good as was Gary Oldman’s James Gordon, and Bale, of course, IS Batman. I’m in the camp that thinks that Maggie Gyllenhal–so hot in her weird way–is an improvement over Katie “Xenu” Holmes.

With hundreds of extras running around, Gotham doesn’t have the dark, claustrophobic feel it did in the first movie and is therefore less of a “character.” That’s a minor gripe. The more serious (“Why…so…SERIOUS?”) problems I had with The Dark Knight were unfortunately recurring: its exceeding length, suspense build-ups that tarry and about halfway through all the characters are “endumbened” as they often are in horror movies, in order to move the story along. Without giving anything away, much of the Joker’s evil plans involve infiltration, but there’s a marked lack of checking and double-checking credentials. “Cop A” climbs into a vehicle with “Cop B” whom he’s never seen before and doesn’t think twice about it. It does get tedious, but as the box office shows, curmudgeons like me aren’t going to stop what may end up being the biggest movie of all time.

Until next summer.

Heath Ledger (1978 – 2008)

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Likable actor who seemed cool in real life. Was good in The Patriot, not yet a star.

Brokeback Mountain is the most authentic, well-acted love story of the past decade, though Ennis Del Mar was a bit of a blond dummy (more great acting).

This will sadden the premiere of The Dark Knight. Shades of Brandon Lee.

He resembled porn ogre Alex Sanders, only (far more) handsome.

I never hope anything happens in threes, good OR bad. Between the forgotten Brad Renfro’s OD and Ledger’s accidental OD, if one more famous young actor dies this will become a media “crisis” and government assholes will try to join the circus, crying out for more stupid, ineffectual laws.

There are horrible people out there probably already claiming God was “angry” at the Gay, and that’s why he was taken.

There are thousands, if not millions or perhaps billions of people who would gladly have traded places with him and lived his exact life, even if they knew they’d die at the same age.

Death is also a force of nature. R.I.P.

Brokeback and the beasts

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Finally saw Brokeback Mountain today, on DVD. I would’ve watched it sooner, but there’s always something better to do than watch gay cowboys…you know.

Now that I’ve seen it, I’m not averse to saying it’s a great film in every respect. It has all the makings of that overused word “masterpiece”, only for real: excellent acting, soundtrack, pacing, story and the nature shots of Wyoming are gorgeous. The Gay is tastefully done and I suppose as a sort of reward for dudes dragged to see this, both attractive female leads go topless. Even more amazing, Linda Cardellini, who has only a brief role and does not strip, ends up the sexiest woman in this epic. If that hottie can’t turn Ennis Del Mar away from The Gay, no woman will.

One thing I thought would happen did not: Jack (Fuckin) Twist’s mother sneaking Ennis the goods he’d offered to take in fulfilling a request. Hope that info doesn’t spoil anything.

Ebert is right, The Gay isn’t the point of BM, it’s loving Something you can’t have and the beauty and tragedy resulting therein. I’ve never felt that way about anything or anyone; all I crave is to be away from the monsters that compose 99% of what is jokingly referred to as humanity while still getting by. I haven’t yet been able to do so successfully. God hides well.

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