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Brokeback Mountain (Blu-ray Disc, 2009)
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Created: 01/31/09

Ledger And Gyllenhall's Performances Are GROUNDBREAKING

Love has no rules. It happens when we least expect it, often when we don't want it, many times when we can't handle it. It often times scares you, surprises you, shakes you down to your very core. Ennis Del Mar (a remarkable Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (an emotionally available Jake Gyllenhaal) find themselves thrown together because of a job: forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild, tending to sheep in a remote region of Wyoming....on Brokeback Mountain. They fall in love: a love that they soon realize only lives and breathes on the mountain.
It's 1963, pre American involvement in the Vietnam War, post Korean War: a time in the USA when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. It was a time when men and women were pigeon-holed into unrealistic modes of behavior and anyone who ventured outside of these boundaries was thought of at best, weird at worst... perverted and in many states, criminal. Ennis himself, at an early age was witness to the ugly, disgusting results of a hate crime perpetrated on a Wyoming farmer who had lived many years with his partner. In most societies he would be venerated but in 1950's Wyoming... he became a target.
Director Ang Lee begins this film as both Ennis and Jack are waiting outside of a building, both looking for work, both down on their luck, both avoiding each other's eyes. We know, or those of us who have read the story know, what is to happen and so unfortunately we read more into that simple scene than there really is. But with all that aside, this scene of Ennis and Jack avoiding each other, dodging each others looks, staring at the ground, kicking up the dirt is nonetheless rife with sensuality and tension.
Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives: they are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded almost from the start. It is inevitable. It is Fate.
And so begins a Love affair that transcends social mores, time, marriages, children, extra-marital affairs and divorce.
Despite all that is going on in their lives, Ennis and Jack meet several times a year up on Brokeback mountain and rekindle and thereby re-ignite their emotional and physical attraction: there is no one around, they are free from their regular lives...they can love.
Much has been made of Heath Ledger's performance as Ennis and he gives what is without a doubt one of the finest performances of this year. Ennis is a quiet, stoic man and he is troubled and frankly scared by how deeply he feels for Jack. As he showed us first in "Monster's Ball," Ledger is capable of digging way deep down into his gut and imbuing his performances with an unflinching frankness and truth that we can neither ignore nor help to be moved by.
Gyllenhall's Jack is the younger of the two: he's fun, he's a little crazy and unfortunately he wants a lot, lot more than Ennis is able to give him. Gyllenhaal's hang-dog, frisky puppy of a performance is full of warmth and light: the kind of transcendent light that shines out from a soul full of love, understanding and acceptance.
"Brokeback Mountain" is devastating in both its presentation, its performances and its tragic denouement. This is one DVD that will not collect dust in your collection. You will watch it again and don't be surprised you may even recommend it one day.

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Created: 06/30/06

Not just a Gay Cowboy Movie !

Contrary to what many people think, this is not a "gay cowboy" movie. It happens to be much more than that. It shows the trials and emotions of an impossible love situation, and the problems with having to keep it secret.

The two lead actors, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, are superb. They seem so natural and convincing in their roles, and you come away almost believing these characters are real. Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway are superbly cast as their wives.

I was a bit sceptical about watching the film in the first place, but soon put any reservations aside. It is unusual for me to get emotional when watching a film, but I was almost in tears in places. The scenery is stunning, and adds a certain amount of romance to the story. I feel the film wouldn't have worked as well if it had been set elsewhere. The climate and weather is skillfully included in the picture, and plays a vital role in the storyline.

I believe this is one of Ang Lee's finest films. He handles the subject matter with great sensitivity. Annie Proulx should be congratulated for the origonal short story, and Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana have done an amazing job in writing it into the screenplay.

Although I did infact find that the second part of the film dragged on somewhat, and some of the speech was difficult to hear, I think overall it is one the finest films to come out of America in recent times

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Created: 04/10/06

Good Movie

Did I like this movie? Yes! Did I think it was Oscar worthy? No!

This movie is a total chick flick - not a bad thing, but also, nothing to be bragging about. My boyfriend hated it........not only because of the gay guy thing, but also because it was very slow, which I have to admit, it was. This is a love story, a heart-wrenching love story - there are hundreds of love stories out there and because this one was about 2 guys, it was considered "ground-breaking" according to many.

Don't get me wrong, I liked this movie very much. The beauty of the movie, the directing and the performances by Ledger, Gyllenhaal and Williams were all incredible. I just don't think that it deserved all of the extra hype because of its gay story line. The beauty, the directing and the acting, all deserved every bit of hype they got, but the storyline itself did not.

I would say this is a movie that would be enjoyed by any open-minded female out there as well as by many gay males! Ladies, don't be mean like I was and make your significant other watch this film with you - while he may appreciate the performances by the actors, he definitely will not appreciate the movie as a whole!

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Created: 10/10/06

Great Film But What's The Hype?

Let me start by saying that I liked this film. Still, I don't understand why the big controversy, there have been other gay movies with big name actors in them. Sure this one was more rugged and had a better script/location etc but the basic theme of love is love no matter the gender and impossible love has been done before.

2 men sign up for a Summer job taking care of sheep. While there they fall in love. After that summer they go back to their regular lives even getting married and raising families. They meet throughout the years but still do not make it a permanent thing - more like buddies going fishing.

A little bit slow (I think that is how Lee meant it t be) but beautifully shot and acted, this is highly recommended. You know if this film is for you or not.

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Created: 01/05/07

Tragic Love Story

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play very convincing roles as 2 cowboys who unexpectedly fall in love. Although the men try to lead heterosexual lives, they continue their relationship, on Brokeback Mountain, for 2 decades. I thought this movie was very well directed and the scenery is beautiful!

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Created: 06/19/06

GOOD MOVIE

I WAS ACTUALLUY SURPRISED, I DID NOT THINK THAT THIS MOVIE WOULD BE A MOVIE THAT REALLY ENJOYED, I RENTED IT BECAUSE IT GOT SUCH GREAT REVIEWS, WELL AFTER SEEING IT I KNOW WHY, IT WAS A GREAT MOVIE, HEATH LEDGER DID A PHENOMINAL JOB! I THOUGHT THIS MOVIE WAS ACTUALLY SAD THAT TWO PEOPLE THAT LOVE ONE ANOTHER THAT MUCH HAD TO LIVE A LIE FOR 30 YEARS JUST BECAUSE OF REPUTATION! I COULD HAVE DID WITHOUT THE VERY FIRST SEX SCENE, IT WAS KIND OF RAW AND YOU COULD NOT FEEL THE LOVE BETWEEN THE TWO IN THAT SCENE, MY HUSBAND WATCHED IT AFTER ME AND HE SAID IT WAS A GOOD MOVIE ALL EXCEPT THAT FIRST SEX SCENE. HE SAID IT JUST SEEMED LIKE THEY WERE TWO HARD-UP VERY HORNY MEN IN THAT SCENE, AND I AGREE BUT OTHER THAN THAT WE BOTH ENJOYED THE MOVIE AND I BOUGHT IT FOR MY DVD COLLECTION! BUT YOUR HOMO-PHOBIAS OUT THERE WILL BE VERY OFFENDED BY THIS MOVIE, SO KEEP IT AWAY FROM THEM!!!

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Created: 02/03/09

Brokeback Mountain :)

All i can say is wow.
So there's two guys who start working together and they fall for each other on Brokeback Mountain. After they finish they're shift they go they're seprate ways and marry women and have kids. Then they meet up and the fling starts again. The bad thing is that they start kissing and then one of they're wives sees them kissing, but never says anything till toward the end of the movie. The other guys wife never knows about they're little fling. You'll just have to see the movie to know the rest. It's a really good movie, with really good actors.

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Created: 05/26/06

Great film

This is a pretty good movie,I like it,the movie had it's good points.But what it lacked was the true depth of their relationship.They could have given more detail as to why they were drawn to each other,other than companionship.Heath Ledger was great.He really showed true emotion to how cofusing and hard the situation was.Jake Gyllenhaal did well,playing the naive cowboy who wasn't in tune with reality and the uglyness of the world.Michell Williams also did great.

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Created: 06/02/06

A step in the right direction...

This is a good movie. It starts off slow and ends slow and sad, but it is a good movie. I think this movie will if it hasn't already make alot of people see that being GAY isn't something that you can control. It takes a very long time for one of the characters to come to terms with his homosexuality, but he does realize it in the end. The "sex" scene could've been done a little differently, but all-in-all it's a must see. This movie should be rented before you purchase it and add it to your collection.

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Created: 10/06/06

It's OK...

It was a very romantic and unpretty story about two cowboys in the old(er) west. It has a very minimalist feel which fit very well with the rather straight forward story. There were no frills or Hollywood happy endings (which I like). All in all its a good watch, but still over hyped.

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