Brokeback Mountain (2005) / This Hard Land (1982)
FACELESS CINEMATOGRAPHY: ‘BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN’ (2005)
brokeback mountain (2005) || night at the museum (2006)
rip to past me i thought that broke back mtn was just a normal cowboy movie with maybe some subtext
me approx. 1.5 hours ago: oh haha they have to sleep together to keep warm this must be what everyone’s talking about
No movie hurts me like broke back mountain. Like here are two individuals who are so in love but due to the time period and circumstance they are unable to live their lives the way they want.
It’s easier to die then it is to be unable to love the one you love
The Filmography Of… JAKE GYLLENHAAL ✨
• My Favorite Film: Donnie Darko (2001)
• My Favorite Performace: Nightcrawler (2014)
Jack’s dad is a WWII vet.
Jack was born while his dad was deployed.
Ennis is non-hispanic white-passing latino. He is only vaguely aware of this.
Ennis is autistic. He has never heard of autism.
Despite all Joe Aguirre’s bitching about the losses to the his sheep flock the two summers Jack worked for him, every year after that the counts keep getting dramatically worse and worse. He’s out of business within a decade.
Jack’s favorite candy is lemon drops.
Jack likes rootbeer. Neither Ennis nor Lureen can stand rootbeer.
There are two cherry trees on the Twist homestead right near the house. Jack’s mother seasonally cooks, bakes, and otherwise makes just about everything you can possibly make with cherries. As a result, cherries are Jack’s favorite fruit but he is extremely picky about things like cherry pie.
I love this film and feel like it doesn’t get enough love. Keanu, my guest this week is from the south so she actually knows people like the old man and old lady in this film.
Keanu hosts Week in sex with All who was my guest for Make Mine music. Anyway she was super fun to have on. We did bring up the fact we think the Fox and Hound had a brokeback deal going. We also talk about the walkout that occurred halfway thru production Enjoy!
Stepdad: is it just about their relationship or does something happen?
Me: something happens
My mom: their relationship. that’s what happens
Me, who convinced my family to watch Brokeback Mountain together, realizing they literally fuck in a tent kind of soon in the movie:
I’ve seen some criticism of Brokeback Mountain recently that, while not entirely invalid, is clearly not remembering that Brokeback Mountain created a paradigm shift in the film industry, without which a lot of the more recent, more positive, more “accessible” pieces of media would never have been able to be made through mainstream channels. And outside of mainstream channels, that media would either be much harder to access and not have the reach it does, or it never would have been made at all.
I’m not saying Brokeback Mountain is a perfect movie, it’s not, and there’s plenty of things in it to be critical of, especially with the 15 years of hindsight we now have. But Brokeback Mountain is a very good movie that I genuinely do not believe could have been done any better at the time it was made. It could not have been done any earlier than it was, the industry was not prepared for it, there was a lot of discussion before it came out about if anyone would actually go see it, before it went into production the screenplay had a reputation among film folks as “the best script that would never be made,” it had a cast full of relative unknowns–that’s right, Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, and Michelle Williams all counted as unknowns at the time–and everyone was so sure they were ruining their careers.
Then the film was released and it did really well. It wasn’t just an art house film, it got a wide release and made blockbuster-level earnings, which was unthinkable. A lot of people went to see it, and not just queer folks and film nerds. It did what Hollywood thought was impossible and in the process proved to the mainstream film industry that stories centered on queer characters are viable and–more importantly to the people who decide what projects to green light–profitable.
Beyond that, it changed the conversation among–no, it frickin started conversations among straight people, especially straight men (plenty of whom got dragged to see Brokeback by their wives and girlfriends who were there for the romance) who would not have otherwise given any thought to queer experiences except maybe as a joke.
I suspect that most of the kinda weird criticism I’ve been seeing is coming from folks my age and younger who are too young to remember the social moment of Brokeback Mountain and how things changed, or too young to have been aware of it at the time. Some honestly might not have been born yet. I barely remember it, but my parents remember it vividly, and I’ve done my research because 1) I personally love this movie 2) I was a film studied student in college, so I am aware even of that which I don’t remember.
You don’t have to like Brokeback Mountain–there’s not a single piece of media ever made that everyone likes. But it’s inappropriate to pan it without taking into account the time and climate (both within the industry, socially more broadly) in which it was made, and the value it does have for cutting the padlock on the gate between nich queer cinema and wide-release popular film.
Historical context is important, even for things that “weren’t that long ago.”
“There was some open space between what he knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can’t fix it you’ve got to stand it”
Love this boy so much y’all
Hot take: if your queer must-watch films list only includes english and french language titles you’re missing some of the most important voices in queer rep. If you dismiss non english and french language titles out of pocket because of “problematic themes” but consider My Own Private Idaho and Un chant d’amour classic staples, you should consider why you’re so unwilling to accept alternative cultural standards for what is and is not problematic. If you think that these films pander to the wrong audience but still watch Brokeback Mountain twice a year at least, what makes it different for you? But most infuriatingly if you refuse to watch queer film or television on the basis that it is the first of its kind from its region of origin, what the fuck is wrong with you. That’s the voice you should be aching to hear.
Being either a Brokeback Mountain fan watching Stranger Things, or a Stranger Things fan watching Brokeback mountain for the first time: “Did you fuck Jack Twist, Chief Hopper?”