We hate Andy over at towleroad.com (even though we love him) because he got to see "Brokeback Mountain" and we haven't yet. Check out his stirring review here.
We DID, however, get to talk to director Ang Lee last week about the gay cowboy flick. Understandably, he is quite excited about the early buzz for the movie - which many deemed too controversial for mainstream audiences. It won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival recently, and critics are already giving earnest thumbs up. Lee told us that one of the challenges, even tougher than the gay stuff, was portraying the American West in an honest and fair light - and using writer Annie Proulx (who wrote the original story) and Larry McMurtry (the "Lonesome Dove" writer who penned the screenplay) as teachers.
"Both of them are legendary figures," Lee admitted. "I used the pressure to think positively. I had to make it work, I had to prove that the movie can match the great writing. They are great teachers, they are very generous in telling me about the West. Not many movies really portray the real life of rural American West, and those two are the masters. It’s a special relief that they both liked it. They both loved the movie."
Wow. It's compelling that this was such a serious concern for Lee, who was embroiled in all of the movie's other hot issues.
Now, back to the sex. This is what Towleroad has to say:
The two actors make out hungrily, wrestle around, intimately embrace naked by the golden light of a campfire, and if you've read the Proulx short story you'll remember this bit: "Ennis ran full-throttle on all roads whether fence mending or money spending, and he wanted none of it when Jack seized his left hand and brought it to his erect cock. Ennis jerked his hand away as though he'd touched fire, got to his knees, unbuckled his belt, shoved his pants down, hauled Jack onto all fours and, with the help of the clear slick and a little spit, entered him, nothing he'd done before but no instruction manual needed."
If that doesn't spell Oscar, we don't know what does.