At the Movies
by lyle e davis
we saw it.
Short review. It's great.
One of the better movies we’ve seen in a long time.
could and should win several Oscars . . . for screenwriting (Larry McMurtry-Diana Ossan. The screenplay evokes memories of his Lonesome Dove, The
Last Picture Show, and Terms of
Endearment. Just brilliant writing),
cinematography . . . perfect filming, capturing the beautiful, rugged
locations . . . while depicting Wyoming
much of it was actually shot in Alberta, Canada, and, of course, there's the
Heath Ledger (Ennis Del Mar) and Jake Gyllenhaal
(Jack Twist) do an outstanding job of bringing to life the two not terribly
well educated cowpokes who become sheepherders for the summer. Though Jake Gyllenhaal
is getting most of the public appearances, I think Heath Ledger was slightly
stronger in his acting. Both deserve
Oscars . . . only one will get it. I
think Ledger deserves it, but with all the publicity, it’ll probably go to Gyllenhaal.
Heath Ledger, left, and
Jake Gyllenhaal, right
new sheepherders head the sheep up Brokeback
Mountain to summer . . .
and Ennis and Jack begin to discover things about one another and themselves. Both tend
to show emotional reserve . . . somewhat laconic in their conversation,
particularly Ennis. But in a relatively
short time they have become lovers . . . even though neither of them want to
admit it at first it is clear that there is a strong bond here that will last
for some time, even though both will wind up marrying women and having
the subject is a touchy one, I suspect, once viewed, even the most conservative
critic will acknowledge this subject was handled about as sensitively as it
could be handled and still acknowledge that this lifestyle exists.
ending offers a kick in the gut that leaves you thinking, "what if . .
predict this movie will walk away with a number of Oscars.
I had a complaint, it's too long. It
runs 2 1/4 hours. It could have,
probably should have, been done in no more than two hours.
spend the money. Go see it. If you have a problem with viewing a movie
about two bi-sexual men who have an ongoing affair . . . put your reservations
on hold . . . go see it. Then determine
if it was a good or bad movie. Don't
judge it until you've viewed it.
Pink Panther - A Horrendous Bomb and Waste of Money
Evelyn had never seen any of the Pink Panther films starring Peter
Sellers. I tried to explain them as best
I could then finally said . . .(sigh) . . .
"okay, let's go. I'll take you to a
Pink Panther movie."
Martin stars. I normally enjoy Steve
Martin so thought perhaps it would be all right.
I was wrong.
The movie is made
for 10-12 year old kids. If you enjoy
predictable slapstick, maybe . . . just maybe, you'll enjoy it. It is not the type of movie I would normally
pay to see. There were, perhaps, a total
of three chuckles, no grins. Even a
brilliant comedian such as Steve Martin could not save this turkey.
If you're a
teeny-bopper (and very few teeny-boppers read The Paper) or if you're an adult
that thinks slapstick is ever so funny . . . then perhaps you'll enjoy The Pink
Otherwise . . .
save your money.