Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Monday, October 30, 2006

I Can't Quit You

/>Keeping up with my long standing reputation as The Last To Know Anything and totally out of The Loop I finally saw Brokeback Mountain the other night. I liked it. It was good. More than that it was very surprising. After all the fuss, outrage, hate, and boycotting I was expecting a very racy movie. And you know what? It totally wasn’t.

Yeah, yeah so there was a couple kissing scenes and a love scene that was more suggested than explicit but nothing that I could see that would cause such a ruckus.

I often joke that Canada is a pinko commie country but in fact it really isn’t. In reality it can be pretty damned conservative. So much so that The Conservatives were elected in the last federal election. Same sex marriage is still a hot topic and many remain vehemently against it even though it has been allowed for several months now and, as far as I can tell, the country has not land slid into Hell. Everything is fine. No biggie. Fortunately the government so far has maintained the position that it is not appropriate for citizens to vote on whether other citizens are eligible for basic rights. Lord knows if it was up to the general public nobody would be allowed to do anything with everybody’s own personal agenda being foremost in their mind. If I had any say it would be against the law to wear size 0 clothes and there would be mandatory daily minimums of chocolate consumption. I got my priorities.

Although I believe that Canada on a whole is pretty conservative I am unaware of this movie being banned anywhere in the country when it was released. I remember no outrage. It was just one of those things where if somebody didn’t want to watch content of that nature they wouldn’t go see the movie. Pretty simple.

I believe I am very fortunate that I live in a city where it is not at all uncommon to see same sex couples walk in the streets holding hands. It always makes me warm and fuzzy to see this because how cool is that? That they feel safe and comfortable enough to do that rocks. Yet I know that is not the case in most of the rest of Canada.


I have been told by Pablo, my bestest buddy, that I am actually a gay man in a woman’s body. Having been like this my whole life I can neither confirm nor deny that observation. I can say that seeing those two cowboys kissing didn’t bother me in the slightest. As I was watching it didn’t even really occur to me that this was “unusual” in any way. It was such a non-issue and that is why I remain totally puzzled over the whole broo-haha revolving around this film.

In all honesty I don’t know why people are so upset about two cute guys kissing each other and not all up in arms over sick-ass movies like Saw III. Now that is disturbing and weird and perverted. That makes my stomach turn.

Maybe I should picket outside the theatre: GOD HATES GORE!


JP said...

Kranki for Minister of Chocolate in 07' !!!

I never got the point of the slasher/bloody movies. I like a good haunted house story, but the Saw movies and just gross Hellraiser types of things I just do not get. Mutilation isn't entertainment to me.

alan said...

They'd probably think you were an anti-environmentalist...

I had read Proulx's short story, so I knew what the movie would be the minute I heard it was being made. I'll catch it some weekend when my wife is working, as she is one of those who would "vote against it" given a chance. Sometimes I think people have forgotten about "live and let live"!


hemlock said...

Honestly? I thought it was pretty hot. I also thought the movie had both intensity and tenderness in all the love scenes.

I'm with you... seeing two people holding hands (PERIOD!) is great. To have found someone that you are comfortable being with, be it a month or a lifetime, it a wonderful thing.

Candace said...

Hey, don't feel bad. I haven't seen it yet. No reason, just haven't.

I am SO with you about gore. It's disturbing to me that people actually WANT to see it. Ick.

happy and blue 2 said...

I haven't seen Brokeback Mountain and I probably won't. I don't really care what gay people do. I just don't want to watch it..
And btw, I am also Canadian and in the province I live in gay marriage would likely not be legal if citizens voted on it..

lawyerchik said...

You would have to add "And Clinton, too!" to your sign.... just to be thorough!! ;)

Pixie LaRouge said...

Living in bass-ackwards Oklahoma, USA, we voted on a state constitutional amendment "defining" marriage. I'm disgusted to say that it passed. So now no one but a man and a woman can get married in this state. I've become nastily anti-marriage in the past two or three years, but I still think it's a mistake everyone should be allowed to make for themselves ;)

Jeannette said...

God hates Gore? Al Gore? Our former Vice President? Is that why he didn't win when he ran for president? Man, I had no idea you were so involved in American politics! Leave it to a Canadian to figure it out.

Just kidding! Glad you liked the movie. It's on my list NetFLix list. I'd probably get it if I returned the last one that is packaged and ready to go (I'm really bad at mailing things - this is why I thrive on line).

I agree, any expression of love is a beautiful thing.

Madame D said...

I watched it not that long ago myself, and really liked it. It was a love story, and just because it was between two men is no reason to get all up in arms.

Marit said...

My boyfriend and I went as Brokeback Mountain for halloween this year. I really enjoyed the movie--and didn't get what everyone was fired up about. Then again, I live in a city with one of the highest gay populations.

I"m with you---as long as people are happy, who cares!