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I don't go to the movies much, and only watch DVD's infrequently, but I saw three movies recently that I really liked: Appaloosa, Australia and a film from last year, The Savages. Because the reviews for these films were not that great, I thought I'd go ahead and make a pitch.

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I knew this day was coming as soon as I read Paul Newman had cancer. But I’d been putting it off in my mind. Now that it’s come, I’m glad I saved a lot of pictures of him.
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~ Detail from Manip #1


Note: The Frodo art manips below are made from screencaps from a bed scene between a man and a woman. Nothing actually shows, but the lovers are meant to appear naked under the sheets. I therefore issue warnings for mild erotic content, het, and the faces of actors being used in photomanipulations.
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Estë ( [livejournal.com profile] este_tangletoes ), e-friend, fellow Frodo-fan, and appreciator of art, poetry, and fiction, including the erotic sort, suggested I take a look at the film version of Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando. I remembered this film when it came out, attracted to its publicity stills in the media.
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Brokeback Mountain Screencaps" ~ The Kiss Scenes, Pt. VII (last), The 'Dozy Embrace'....

This post will be the last in the series of Brokeback Mountain screencaps....

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Brokeback Mountain Screencaps" ~ The Kiss Scenes, Pt. VI, The Stairs Kiss, Second Half....

This post presents the second half of the "Stairs" kiss," or, "Reunion" kiss....

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Brokeback Mountain Screencaps" ~ The Kiss Scenes, Pt. V, The Stairs Kiss, First Half....

This post presents the first half of the "Stairs" kiss," or, "Reunion" kiss.
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Brokeback Mountain Screencaps" ~ The Kiss Scenes, Part IV: The 'Second Tent Scene'....

In this post, I am leaving the book scene behind (which, as I wrote to Maeglian in comments for Part III, I see as very, very different). This is just about the film scene. In this scene, Ennis comes to Jack in the tent.

It is the next night....
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Brokeback Mountain Screencaps" ~ The Kiss Scenes, Part III: 'Face to Face,' also featuring caps of a kiss with Alma....

In comments for the previous entries, we discussed whether Jack and Ennis would have kissed the way they did in the film during the summer their love affair began. Was the stairs kiss their first face to face kiss? What was the significance of “face to face” for Ennis?
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Brokeback Mountain Screencaps ~ The Kiss Scenes: Part II

Warnings: Adult content for discussion of sex, erotica, homosexuality, slash, etc. No explicit images, though.

Well! I certainly learned a lot reading the comments from my introductory post, particularly as they touched upon Brokeback Mountain -- both the short story and the film based on it -- when it came to watching real love scenes between a man and a man.

Yesterday, I singled out the kissing scenes as the "love scenes" of Brokeback Mountain, dismissing the opening tent scene (murkily but unmistakably showing anal intercourse) as abrupt, wordless, and quick (not to mention, from behind, not face to face), raw sex.
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~ Detail from erotic drawing by Paul-Emile Becat (1885-1960)

Warnings:

1. HUGELY long LJ entry, but I think it is one of my better ones. This post is all intro. and has only partial BBM content. So, if you are opening this for the screencaps, this is not the post to see them in.

2. There is some adult content in the text (erotica, slash); also, an erotic illustration, NOT WORKSAFE: NC-17, het, nude erect member.
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Back when I was hotly discussing this film in January and February, I wrote about how well the kiss scenes were made, I promised a Lovely Someone from another LJ that I would make screencaps of the kiss scenes from the film once the DVD had come out. I said I would post them in my LJ.

Well, the DVD came out, I made the caps, and here’s the introductory post....
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As some of you know, my daughter is a huge fan of the recent King Kong film, directed by Peter Jackson. I accompanied her to all three viewings she attended -- in maternal and fannish companionship.

I may not love the film the way she does, but I did think it was a very good film. Moreover I know what it means to have someone else to squee to.

The day the DVD went on sale, she took her shiny new license and drove up to the store to buy her copy. Would I watch the movie again with her? Sure. Would I watch the Extras with her? *awkward pause* Didn't I want to watch the DVD extras with her? *blustery* Sure I did!

So I watched the DVD extras and found New Inspiration for going on that diet I keep not going on....
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~ Pete directing the shifting around of logs for a set:



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~ Jack and Ennis, standing before the campfire, on Brokeback Mountain.
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For those who haven't read it and are interested, here it is:

The Brokeback Mountain Oscar Snub, by Michael Jensen
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As many of you know, I saw (and re-saw) and became a huge fan of the film Brokeback Mountain, by far my favourite since the LotR films, and, perhaps, one of my all-time favourites. I really, really think it's a beautiful work of cinematic storytelling art.
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Anyway. Here's the article that prompted this post. Roger Ebert shows that Kenneth Turan isn't the only one who can issue a public scolding. It was in the entertainment section of the paper this morning.

Now, I am no big Roger Ebert fan; we often disagree about films regularly. (Heck, I don't think he gave RotK four stars!) But I don't disrespect him and don't think he has any sort of anti-gay, anti-Ang Lee axe to grind, either. When he says he thought Crash was better, I don't assume he is lying, deluded or a closet anti-gay reactionary. I am assuming he is sincere. I still don't agree with his assessment of the film, but it gave me an awful pang to see this public dressing-down. Especially when I think of Ang Lee and the other people who made this film reading it. I am hoping they will see the ungracious behaviour of their film's supporters for what it actually was: wounded love striking out....
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~ Heath Ledger (Ennis Del Mar) on Brokeback set with director Ang Lee....


This is just a quickie to post a link of a clip, poking good-natured fun at Brokeback Mountain.
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ETA:

While I am at it, I may as well post a link to another spoof we found at the same site, poking fun at the reaction of some Americans to the perceived threat of homosexuality, Hotdogs for Homophobes.
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~ Ennis and Jack looking at the view, from Brokeback Mountain.


Close-up of kiss from second tent scene under the cut )

~ A good, honest kiss scene, no matter what the characters' genders.*

* Note: Opening up this entry to look for a link, I found that this picture had been removed from my Photobucket album. I certainly did not take it down. Since it was not obscene, I assumed it was removed without consenting me because someone browsing objected to it. Looking at it, I suppose it could be considered highly offensive to some viewers, although I think it a good cap from a very moving, beautifully filmed scene. Anyway, that is why I put it behind a cut. But, no, even behind the cut was too much. It has been taken down again. I have complained to Photobucket.


One disappointing thing about listening to my wonderful soundtrack recording of Brokeback was that I still could not understand the words sung by Rufus Wainwright, in his song that plays under the end credits, The Maker Makes.
Fed up, I looked up its lyrics on a website….
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Yep, I'm still thinking about Brokeback....

My CD of the motion picture soundtrack arrived a couple of days ago. I have been listening to it a lot. I'm listening to it right now. Composer Gustavo Santaololla has accomplished much the same thing Howard Shore was able to do for me, albeit on a much smaller scale: creating original film music that so strongly evokes the scenes from the films, when I listen to it, I pant to see and experience the film all over again.

Although I thought I was all finished talking about this film, I am not. I have resumed talking about themes and film scenes in greater detail, in the LJ of an e-friend, a fellow-fan of LotR and this film. This morning, she linked me to a film review I had not yet read, by Daniel Mendelsohn.

His review is so excellent, so thoughtful, and so challenging to me, I wanted to post it here for my own reference and, well, “for posterity.”

(I have some things to say about it, too, which will appear under the review.)

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“Ridiculous Thoughts~Alternate Take,” Part Seven....



This last set consists mostly of the "happy" rather than "angsty" material. In these, he seems to have found an interior room or space that has old recording devices in it, he picks up the signal, hears the music, and rejoices.
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~ Series Seven of the Elijah Wood "Ridiculous Thoughts" screencaps, from the "Alternate Take", to be found on the "Extra Features," of the Cranberries DVD, "STARS - The Best of Videos 1992-2002"....







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“Ridiculous Thoughts~Alternate Take,” Part Six....

~ Series Six of the Elijah Wood "Ridiculous Thoughts" screencaps, from the "Alternate Take", to be found on the "Extra Features," of the Cranberries DVD, "STARS - The Best of Videos 1992-2002"....





Several caps like these were posted in a previous entry, but these show a different look on his face. They are from a sequence in which EW is roving through the ruins, looking all around, listening to the mysterious voice....






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“Ridiculous Thoughts~Alternate Take,” Part Five....

I thought I was finished with this project when I got a Private Message at K-D from [livejournal.com profile] shelbyshire:

"Did you know there is another version of "Ridiculous Thoughts" on the Cranberries' STAR DVD," she asked.

No, I did not!

Well, she said, there was. And, it had even more Elijah Wood material on it than the "regular" one from the main playlist. Might I want to take a look at it?

Would I????
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“Ridiculous Thoughts,” Part Four....





~ Fouth in the series of Elijah Wood caps from Ridiculous Thoughts, included on the DVD, "The Cranberries: STARS - The Best of Videos 1992-2002":







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