On the occasion of the imminent release of Brokeback Mountain, the WOW Report editor’s old acquaintance from New York, Anne Thompson, tells everything there is to tell about gay love stories in Hollywood in general and Brokeback Mountain in particular in her recent Hollywood Reporter essay. Is it a movie that will shake the world?
In an industry that happily explores the outer limits of gore and violence, movies that smack of realistic intimacy are taboo — especially between men. Gallup polls have shown Americans as growing increasingly tolerant of homosexuals, but movie audiences have never been confronted with a gay western. Conservative blogger Matt Drudge has already weighed in on “Brokeback Mountain,” asking, “Will a movie even Madonna calls shocking sit with the heartland?”