All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Love is a force of nature.
Brokeback Mountain is an Ang Lee film about two modern day cowboys who meet on a shepherding job in the summer of ’63. The two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a life long relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
I'd resisted watching this for years for two reasons 1. being nominated for so many Oscars I was worried it would be overwrought Oscar-bait and 2. Ang Lee (of course if someone had reminded me Michelle Williams was in it, I would have watched it ages ago). It turns out worry number one was completely unwarranted as the film was emotionally heartfelt and beautifully subtle in not only its writing and performances, but also in its directing, which brings me back to concern number two. After Life of Pi and now Brokeback I think I can officially stop worrying about Lee as a director. It's not as if I completely hated the guy, but I just found most of his…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Where I truly began falling in love with Anne Hathaway...
Oh yeah, this happens to be an incredible, heartbreaking, extraordinarily acted film, too.
Some random thoughts for this particular on-the-verge-of-delirium 5:30 A.M. 'review':
I saw it once before, many years ago, and loved it then as well. It's a shame, this film got so much shit in my school that I felt like I couldn't even tell people I had seen it. It's disgraceful that a story of two people of the same sex, falling in love with each other, can be ridiculed so much.
I always viewed it like this: who cares? Really, what does it matter if someone feels that way? How does it effect a person's well-being…
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Strong Performances - Heath Ledger
Review In A Nutshell:
Brokeback Mountain is the life story of two men who have built a relationship with each other in Brokeback Mountain. Their story spans up to 20 years, showing us both the beauty and heartbreak in their relationship.
I have heard a lot of things about this film, many simply say this was that "gay cowboy movie" while others remark it as the "deserving winner of the 2006 Academy Awards"; it was beaten by Paul Haggis' Crash, which I have yet seen. It was rare for me to hear anything negative about this film, and the ones who did watch it and cringed at the subject matter, still managed…
Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain is one of those films I've had on my watchlist for just about forever, and I'm so glad I finally got around to it. Set in the mountain region of the USA, the film is heart-breaking in its essence, but its romantic tale, with strong performances from Ledger and Gyllenhaal, make this more than just that "gay cowboy love story".
Brokeback Mountain has been argued about its depiction of men falling in love, whether they're bisexual or gay or neither. Their identities are complex - Jack and Ennis never truly recognise themselves as "queer" as such - but rather, despite their marriages and children - their attraction, both physically and emotionally, goes beyond any type of…
It doesn't matter who loves who.... What matters is how much of love there is between two people and the pain they experience on losing them. You might be the "straightest" person but this will still touch your heart and stay there. Heath ledger's face says it all in the end. The ending kills you..... It just kills you inside man.
I was struck by how beautiful this movie was, both in its story and in its cinematography. I already knew most of the beats of the movie, but that didn't diminish its impact on me. I actually wasn't really paying full attention throughout (more a reflection of my state of mind than of the movie itself), but somehow I was still moved to tears at the end. Jake Gyllenhal and Heath Ledger brought excellently nuanced complexity to Jack and Ennis. They are two men who love each other, yet who are unable to live with that love.
Brokeback mountain - a gorgeous, massive mountain that fills most of the frame - leaves its impact on the entire film. It serves…
While there is indeed some beauty and depth here, I didn't find the performances very strong and the movie was overall a little boring. Maybe it doesn't help that I find homosexual relationships quite disgusting (although I'm not a homophobic at all).
Instead of trying to shove a certain agenda down the audiences' throat 'Brockeback Mountain' is luckily more interested in simply telling a love story – and it fails miserably because of its script. Gyllenhaal and Ledger may be convincing as their own individual characters, but in my opinion share no real chemistry together. The script doesn't give them enough time for real intimacy – they don't fall in love, they jump all over each over for no apparant reason and it's not enough of a seed that keeps the plant interesting for the next 20 years of their story. I know I should feel the pain of an unfulfilled life, but I just can't.
2005 mag 'Brokeback Mountain'…
In all seriousness, this was really good, especially early on when things are really intense and passionate. That wears off as the movie goes by/years go on, but maybe that's just life.
Na nightcrawler te hebben gezien besef je nog maar eens hoe sterk Jake Gyllenhaal is, om over Heath Ledger dan nog maar te zwijgen.
Note: This review is featured in the 2015 Valentine’s Day print edition of Trinity Film Review (Trinity College, Dublin)
Regardless of sex or sexuality, audiences and critics alike have been deeply affected by Brokeback Mountain’s raw portrayal of two people (played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger) who fall in love in 1960s America but cannot express themselves, and as a result, deny themselves of lives full of honesty and passion. A frank portrayal of homosexuality and society’s ambivalence whilst coinciding with contemporary debates, Brokeback has been banned, lobbied against by Christian groups, and refused distribution in certain theatres in the US and abroad. While much has been written in this regard, the film has an equally dedicated fanbase for…
I remember the controversy this had when released but I never actually had the chance to see it. Since then we've gotten many other films about homosexual relationships that were much more genuine with better fleshed out characters. I can see why this was a big deal in 2005, but in 2015 it's kind of dull. It's very superficial, the characters are flat and the relationship kind of just happens because script says it has to happen because we need themes damn it! What was considered shocking and controversial in 2005 now just feels like bad melodrama. it really is a product of its time, even after 10 years. However I do think that it's an important movie just for…
The Joker and Lou Bloom fall in love... This is amazing!
Regret not seeing this sooner. One of the best love stories I've seen on film.
Incredibly well directed by Ang Lee, so much more than a gay cowboy film, it has so much depth and meaning to the story. I also loved the way this film was shot, the cinematography was breathtaking in places and the music was great. A superb cast who all bring so much individual quality to the film, and has Jake Gyllenhaal ever gave a mediocre performance? He was brilliant.
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