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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Goin' for "Broke"

Yup. It's true. "Brokeback Mountain" is a superb. Known somewhat dismissively as the "gay cowboy movie," this flick stays with you long after the theater lights come back on. Heath Ledger's performance is somehow both understated and powerful. (Oscar nod without a doubt.) Director Ang Lee can do no bloody wrong. Is this man capable of directing a dud? Nope. Remember in "The Misfits" when Marilyn Monroe asks Clark Gable about what "living" is? "You start by going to sleep," he explains. "You get up when you feel like it. You scratch yourself, fry yourself some eggs, throw stones at a can. Whistle...." This film contains a ton of scenes that gloriously show people just livin'. In addition, this doomed love story doesn't leave a dry eye in the house. See it.