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I won again!

Hey, I won another free DVD (click here for the story of last time)! I'm also on a mailing list from Landmark Theatres that tells what new movies are coming to their Denver theaters. At the bottom of each email is a little quiz that you can enter to win a free DVD (the quiz is very easy, so the winner is basically random). So I've been entering for a long time, and this week I finally won!  I won The World -- I'd never heard of it before, but it sounds very interesting...

I had to go to the Mayan to pick up the DVD, so while we were there, we saw Brokeback Mountain.  A very good movie, and also very convincing.  I'm from Wyoming, and it all looked and felt right (except for a few little things).


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Feb. 27th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)
from Francis Strand
What things weren't authentic? I noticed a couple of details that maybe weren't wrong for Wyoming, but wrong for the times they were supposed to be: the bikers at the July 4th picnic in 1966 had long hair and earrings, which was totally wrong for that time; a girl with a totally tattoed back in the early 1980s; Alma washing clothes using a washboard in the 60s - my dirt poor Iowa grandmother didn't even use a washboard anymore by the early 1940s, according to my mother.

But otherwise, it did feel quite faithful to the times and places, as far as I could tell. I think Ang Lee is great at that, actually. His film of The Ice Storm was so accurate in portraying a certain kind of mid-1970s upper-middle-class suburban life that was the closest portrayal of any movie I've seen that fits with my memory of what it was like growing up in such a place and time.

Anyway, I thought Brokeback Mountain was incredibly moving, unbearably sad.
Feb. 28th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: from Francis Strand
Here's the things that didn't seem right to me:

The clothes they wore at the very beginning of the move, while on Brokeback Mountain. I thought the looked too modern in a way i couldn't put my finger on, but my wife nailed it -- they were too new/unworn.

Downtown Riverton. Whenever they showed the post office and nearby bar in Riverton, it didn't mesh -- even in the 60s and 70s, Riverton was a bigger town than that.

But that's really all. Sometimes they nailed things so closely I gasped. Like the old ranch house that Jack's parents lived in -- I've been in houses exactly like that!

I had no problems with the bikers, although now that you mention it they are more 70s than 60s. I saw the tattooed woman as more of an oddity than an anachronism. And the washbord was OK. Notice that Alma wasn't doing the whole week's laundry with a tub and large washboard, and she was also familiar with Riverton's laundromat. She was just doing a little laundry in the sink -- probably something that couldn't wait till her (weekly?) trip into the laundromat.
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