Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Rhine Stone Cowboy

It may be near the end of the world. I say this because I have heard and seen the unthinkable in the American culture – a movie about a love affair between two cowboys. Yes, that’s right, two cowboys and not a cowboy and a cowgirl. Virginia Barkley, the Lone ranger, Matt Dillion (Gunsmoke) and all the Cartwright’s (Bonanza) would be rolling in their grave right now.

The movie, called "Brokeback Mountain," has received seven Golden Globe nominations, significant reviews during its screening at the Toronto film festival and has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The movie is based on a story by author E. Annie Proulx. Starting the story in the early '60s, two young men are hired to tend sheep for a summer in Wyoming and find themselves lusting each other. They continue to meet with each other over the years forming what I suspect is supposed to represent an amorous relationship.

This is not to suggest that there is no such thing as a Gay cowboy or that something is wrong with a person being gay, it’s just awkward. What will be next, a story about Crip and Blood gang leaders having a love affair and holding hands inside the strip club? In some ways it reminds me of an older movie called the Midnight Cowboy, which was about a male prostitute and his sickly friend trying to get by on the streets of New York City. Then again, maybe it is a take off of the popular song by Glenn Cambell that ranked the charts in 1975 - 'Rhinestone Cowboy’. Maybe this is what he meant when he sang in the chorus, “Like a rhinestone cowboy - Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo.” Go figure.

6 comments:

obifromsouthlondon said...

I can only put this down to the dubious leftist "Hollywood" (is there such a thing?). movies like this in a right-wing conservative environment should speak of hope but does it really? any why does a movie have to be about a crippled, ethnic, whatever to win loads of awards? probably the native indian's turn next year.

Supa said...

LMAO @ Crips/bloods holding hands. Yep, that's what's next..

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