Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Climb Every Mountain

I'm still recovering. I hope to return to work tomorrow morning. I'm real, real happy that 'Brokeback Mountain' (pictured left) won Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Song at the Golden Globes last night. And with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Felicity Huffman winning Best Actor and Actress for playing a gay writer and and pre-op transexual. We've come a long way, baby... When I was 14, I felt like the only gay person in the world - we were just absent from the media, public life, and open discussion.

Just watched currently watching "An American In Paris," which won Best Picture in 1951 - it's a fluffy, thin-plotted confection that's pretty much an excuse for some glorious singing and dancing by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in a Paris which is beyond postcard-perfect - at least a postcard would have some connection to workaday physical reality - this Paris is movie-set-perfect cliché 6 tons of charm per square inch Paris, filmed in Technicolor©®. For the final 17 minutes it leaves reality completely for a mini-ballet extravaganza with stunning set design, costumes, and coreography.

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