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January 10th, 2006
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*G* That's for Kisa - *waves!*

Saw "Brokeback Mountain" with sooo_sleepy (from the Yahoo group IndyMoot - yay!) and I really was impressed. The characters of Ennis and Jack were so real and so true - in fact, you could say that of the whole movie. I felt like I was there - like I could feel the wind that blows so hard across the Wyoming plains, or the thick snow, or the water loudly running by. And I could feel Ennis's emotions threatening to overwhelm him, unless he fights them down, tooth and nail, his need to love and be loved so strong and starving inside him. And Jack's hope that Ennis will take what he's offering, and be the strong anchor Jack needs, so he can be his real self, without fear of being put down.

Anyway, as has been said by others, it's not just a story of homosexual love and angst between two men; it's a story of love and fear and growing older and dreams and reality and nature and civilization and fighting and caring and silence and talking. In other words - it's an Ang Lee movie. *G*

Oh, and does anybody else wonder if the mention of an ice storm during one of the parts of the movie taking place in the '70's was a reference to one of Ang Lee's other movies? Hmmm...?

Thanks for going to the movie, sooo_sleepy! And thank your husband for babysitting - *G*.

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From:ninquelosse
Date:January 11th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you got to see it at last.

What it just now made me think of was how we get in so much trouble by being angry about something or at someone, but we think whatever it is is too painful to talk about, so we pretend to be angry about something completely different.

I heart Ang Lee.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 11th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
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I get what you said exactly. That's Ennis' character in a nutshell. He feels things SO strongly that he has to keep it forced down or it will swallow him up. And when he's pushed to it, it comes out violently.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 11th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
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p.s. I need to talk to you about work sometime. I'm making a career change, but I'm not sure what to! What made you go into what you're going into, and what else did you consider?
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From:ninquelosse
Date:January 13th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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Well, someone else who was a bookseller and wanted out of retail (like me) went through the LTA program and found a library job, and I had just been through major surgery and said out loud, I wonder if I could do that, and Boo said Do it, and I did.
That sounds a little simplistic, but honestly it was like a little lightning bolt. Boom! I can do this! I can be with books all day, and not have to sell them!
I'd done library work in college and loved it, but hadn't considered a career a realistic option - I thought it was master's or nothing. (Still want the master's.)
Before that I'd dipped my toe in direct marketing, and while I thought it was a good range of products (still use 'em), I was very uncomfortable selling. Yik. Not for me.
(11:11, I think!)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Direct marketing? eeek!

*L*! Yes... Kisa and I had a talk about how often we seem to be looking at the clock at 11:11...!

Thank you!
From:ex_kisa_haw
Date:January 11th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad you got to see it, love. I worry that people think I like it because I'm a slasher, but that's so not the point. It's a poignant and perfect love story with a gorgeous backdrop. It's sparse yet true, touching for anyone who understands how obligation and expectation can cause you to miss out on something true.

I heart Ang Lee too.

And I wish I could post my comment at 11:11, but it is too early. Shucks.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 11th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
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"And I wish I could post my comment at 11:11, but it is too early." *G*

"how obligation and expectation can cause you to miss out on something true." You're right, that's part of it... but the "tragedy" of it covers so many things, doesn't it? I think that's why it's so powerful.
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From:freakspawn
Date:January 11th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
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I've been told that I would love it and would cry lots :D

Glad you enjoyed :D
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 11th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Is it opening later in Europe/Great Britain, and, if so, when?
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From:freakspawn
Date:January 11th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
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It's on at certain cinemas at the minute :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 11th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
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That's great! I hate it when there's a big lag in one place or another.
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From:arevanye
Date:January 11th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
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How did I not know that was an Ang Lee picture? He is amazing. Now I have to see that film!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 11th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Because you can never tell WHAT is going to be an Ang Lee film? *L*! He's damned eclectic, is what he is!

Love the "animation" in your icon!
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From:quiet_moments
Date:January 11th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
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I want to see that film. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about it. And I am glad they made it a love story as opposed to just being about watching 2 men get it on, so to speak. Maybe this will help to open people's eyes, and minds, about the truth about love - it doesn't matter if it's man/woman, man/man, woman/woman...love is love. *sigh* Anyway, glad you got to see it, and that you found someone to watch it with! :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 11th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
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I hope you get to see it, too. It is showing a bit more widely now. Last week it was only at the Fine Arts Cinema; this week it's there, and a couple of other places in town.
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From:sooo_sleepy
Date:January 11th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
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*waves*
I had a great time. Thanks for meeting me there! We'll have to meet up again for "On a Clear Day", if not sooner!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 11th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Yes - yay! Should be April, I think.
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