The Gay theme of films continued with Wilde
and a trip to the local big screen to see the much talked about Brokeback Mountain
. Putting “Bareback Mounting” and other potential porn remakes aside, I enjoyed this film - but I didn't think it the much talk about "epic". Maybe my view had been persuaded by the run of films I have watched of late with a homosexual underlying theme, or maybe it was the fact that I didn't really want to watch two fine men getting it on with anyone other than me - let alone each other. But, I thought the story had been told just as well (and in some cases better) in many world cinema films of the same vein; who have received little of the attention received from the big buck Hollywood blockbuster. Don't get me wrong, it was beautiful in its subtly, it simplicity and its retelling of a moving short story - and even made my male friend cry - but I guess I'd hyped it up to expect so much more.
My film subscription finally running out of gay flicks, next was a top ten twister Arlington Road
to get my plot guessing mind racing. A well paced thriller, with creepy performances from lsb-respected Tim Robbins (who in my view leans towards the sinister in all his roles) and the comical Joan Cussack. I guessed the twist, but then I knew it was coming, and it did managed to throw me off a little with some confusing loose ends.
A lazy and dreamy evening in was complimented by the poignant Être et avoir
. I admit I watched the interview with the director to try to understand where this documentary was taking me but at the same time it didn't matter. I instantly bonded with the subjects, admired the workings off a faulted teacher, laughed and sighed at the tribulations of the children. However, that said, the language of French is always pure beauty to my ears and even if this documentary was comprised entirely of someone reading out the menu of a little French bistro I still probably would have found it sublime. Pure escapism for 2 hours - but the observing documentary plot less style may not be for everyone’s tastes.
Brokeback Mountain *******___
Arlington Road *******___
Être et avoir ********__
(* Thank you to Kazz for helping me with some words in this)
(** He asked me to say that)