Intriguing letters of the week!

I'm as anxious as anybody to leave the political and critical debates about Brokeback Mountain behind.But email feedback at Looking Closer has more than doubled since my Brokeback Mountain review was published, and just this week, I've received several interesting messages, and a few are from people who go out of their way to say that they aren't Christians, but that they agree with the review.This kind of thing always surprises and delights me. I'm happy to find that there are … [Read more...]

Michelle Williams and “Brokeback Mountain”

[REVISED, after some second thoughts...]Thanks to Peter T. Chattaway for catching this...[ ... AND thanks to Dan Buck for challenging my first post. I got a little too cocky (Can I say that in a post about Brokeback Mountain?), thinking I was responding to the SFC headmaster, when in fact I may have been reacting to a characterization of SFC exaggerated by the journalist who reported on them. ]'Brokeback' Star Slammed by Former School Brokeback Mountain actress Michelle Williams … [Read more...]

Interesting letter of the day

Got the daily bundle of letters in response to the Brokeback Mountain reviews, but I also received one that was quite unusual. I don't usually post the complimentary letters because I don't want to appear to be glorying in somebody's appreciation. But this one really struck me... While I am not Christian, nor even theistic; I truly wanted to commend your work on this site as being insightful if different, from that of most reviewers. Your brief description of the once uber-popular Fight Club, … [Read more...]

Washington Post’s Stephen Hunter & Peter Chattaway on "Brokeback Mountain." (Well, no, they’re not really ON Brokeback Mountain.)

Two worthwhile perspectives on Brokeback Mountain:Stephen Hunter sees the film very clearly: ... a movie is a collection of images, not just words. What is said is secondary to the imagery -- images, in the hands of a skillful filmmaker, such as the great Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is his most well-known, "Eat Drink Man Woman" his best), are ideas. They carry ideas. They issue proclamations. They lobby for policy.And what do Lee's images tell us?...It's hard to argue … [Read more...]

Other memorable Oscar quotes of the day…

"You can't pasteurize the Academy Award, you can't negotiate it. It is the top." - Felicity Huffman, Transamerica Hate to break it to you, Ms. Huffman, but, well, you're completely wrong. "I was completely surprised." - Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line Ummm... if any nomination this year was a lock, it was yours, Reese. Give yourself some credit. "My levels of gratitude will be overflowing all day, so I'll be making a mess as they spill all over wherever I go." - Bennett Miller, Capote I … [Read more...]

Letter of the Day: Response to “Brokeback Mountain” Review

Today I received this letter in response to my Brokeback Mountain review. Its typical of other responses I've received, but this one was such a convenient distillation of the various contradictions and claims that I was grateful for the chance to address so many common attacks on Christian faith in one fell swoop.When someone starts out by telling you to put down your Christian persepctive and see things the way they are, well, you know you're in for a grand time. I'm not the most eloquent … [Read more...]

Mark Steyn is Right about "Brokeback Mountain"

Thanks to Peter Chattaway for alerting me to this review of Brokeback Mountain by Mark Steyn, which sums up why this big screen emperor has no clothes.Caution: One obscenity included. I like Ms Proulx's books not because of the characters or the plots but because she's spent much of her life roaming the same turf I have -- Vermont, Quebec, Newfoundland -- and she's got a tremendous ability to capture the essence of the land, and in particular the way a harsh land shapes the character of its … [Read more...]

Specials: Sarris on where "Brokeback" is broken. Pretty woman, Gump may join Mike Nichols. CNN on religious media.

Wednesday's specials:SARRIS DARES TO SHRUG OFF BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Courageously stating some of the obvious problems with Brokeback Mountain, Andrew Sarris demonstrates that he's willing to swim upstream against the tidal wave of hype: Hence, I suppose that my ultimate objection to Brokeback Mountain lies in its stretching out what originally begins as a physical relationship between two young men to, after 20 years, Ennis and Jack quarreling like an old married couple about the forced … [Read more...]

Homosexual Heath Ledger Character: Bad. Heterosexually Promiscuous Ledger Character: Not So bad?

I've had some interesting chats with the film writers and the editor of Christianity Today Movies in the wake of the publication of Lisa Cockrel's Brokeback Mountain review.Mark Moring, the CT Movies editor, says he's received over 250 e-mails about the Brokeback Mountain review. Many of them have expressed hatred toward homosexuals. And some of them have expressed hatred towards Christiainity Today for even reviewing the movie.(Some of them are posted here and more here.)But here's … [Read more...]

Rod Dreher on "Brokeback Mountain"

Rod Dreher on "Brokeback Mountain" True, the men begin their doomed affair in a time and place where homosexuality was viciously suppressed, and so they suffer from social constrictions that make it difficult to master their own fates. But it is also true that both men are overgrown boys who waste their lives searching for something they've lost, and which might be irrecoverable. They are boys who refuse to become men, or to be more precise, do not, for various reasons, have the wherewithal to … [Read more...]


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