Monday, January 16, 2006

Brokeback Mountain, Upcoming Reads

So I went to see Brokeback Mountain with one of my sisters and a friend. I enjoyed it. It was a lovely, sweeping tragic love story. Excellent performances all around. But I can't wonder if all of the slavering over this film is just b/c of the, well, gay thing. Like I said, the acting was great but it's just acting. I know that it is oh so, so difficult to play gay, when you are a really, really, seriously, oh so straight actor, but the fact that you are able to do so convincingly? Dude, it's part of your job. Stop talking about it, already. And really, neither Jake Gyllenhaal nor Heath Ledger are super masculine. They're like a couple of liberal arts college grads you'd meet in a bar in Wlliamsburgh. And Jakey's got the biggest set of doe eyes since Audrey Hepburn. Seriously, I was more impressed by their ability to convince me that they were cowboys. It's not like Arnold Schwarzenegger in a gay cowboy love story or something. And I don't understand why Heath is getting SO much attention. I have never particularly liked Jake before, and I thought that not only was he excellent, but that he had the more uncomfortable role, as the more self-aware "gay" one and the one who makes the advances. I'm just blabbing though. Everyone was good. As for the love scenes, I know that everyone has a different comfort level, but I thought it was quite mild, and since I was enjoying the movie and involved, it didn't take me out of the story at all. The (implied) sex scene was super fast and they were fully clothed. However we did get to see the boobies of the two female leads, which...weird. I guess that was for the three straight guys in the audience. The theater must have been like 80% women. Anyhow, a sad, touching love story.

Anyway, I've been really unmotivated to read my TBR pile. I keep returning stuff to the library. I'm in the winter blahs, I'm just going to read old favorites mood. So I thought I'd compile list to get me excited for Spring releases.

The Devil in Winter

Lover Eternal

Lord Perfect

The Taming of the Duke


Dates From Hell

Dead and Loving It

Definitely Dead

Captives of the Night

An embarassment of riches. I read "The Lion's Daughter by Loretta Chase, recently re-issued. I haven't had time to write about it, but good. Unusual hero, unusual heroine, unusual setting. Neither was particularly heroic, but good people, and I liked the fish out of water thing, first in Albania, then in England. I am eagerly awaiting Ismal's story, I liked the glimpses of him in Lord of Scoundrels, now am ultra curious to read his evolution.