Author Topic: "A Single Man" (beware spoilers)  (Read 69003 times)

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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #60 on: January 10, 2010, 07:03:05 am »
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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #61 on: January 11, 2010, 02:59:03 am »

Well all, I saw it today.

I guess after reading everything on here, and building it up into being some new "Brokeback Mountain" that's gonna change the face of the world again, I have to say I was sorely disappointed.  :-\

While the acting was good, and the use of the colors was good, I thought the story plot was just, meh.  Why are we also seeing him in water all the time?  I also don't care for twinkie boys, so that didn't do it for me neither.  And what was up with that ending?

Well, the theatre I saw it at (Cinearts Santana Row in San Jose) have already moved it into their smallest auditorium, and there was only about 30 people in the theatre for the 5:15pm show Sunday.  Sorry, I do not see this "crossing over" into mainstream like BBM.  It's WAY too art-housy.  Even if it gets any nominations.  I see this to struggle to make 8-10 million.  :-\


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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #62 on: January 11, 2010, 03:08:32 am »
One thing that struck me about this movie was how positively the women were portrayed.

I actually did not think Charley was "positive" at all.  She was a niave selfish bitch who only wanted him for herself.  With her "Why didn't you marry me and have a REAL relationship" and "your lover was just a infatuation" (or whatever she said, someone correct me please) comments, I was glad to see him shut the door on her as he walked out on her.

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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #63 on: January 11, 2010, 11:39:08 am »
I beleive she said that Jim was a substitution, which makes no sense. Substituting for what? If he were straight, he could have had his pick of women. Hell, he could have his pick of women while staying gay! I thought she was just drunk. You have to admit, that scene was easier on her than the Ennis/Alma scene at Thanksgiving. Charley had her bad side, but she had a good side too.

Yes, I also got tired of the underwater sequence, too. I had just seen a similar scene in Little Ashes that I thought was done better.

I don't think anyone here has the feeling that this will become a mainstream hit, although there is quite a bit of buzz about it. A very good debut effort for Tom Ford and a very worthy film to see, but no Brokeback Mountain. There is quite a bit going on under the surface though and I'd like to see it again for more insight.
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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #64 on: January 11, 2010, 12:46:39 pm »
Eric, I don't think it's the new Brokeback Mountain either.  But since Brokeback Mountain, I find I'm easily disappointed with films (including all of Jake's recent ones, and Heath's Imaginarium). 

So, when this one hit me, emotionally and artistically, I got excited--I wanted to see it again, and to read the book.  I agree that it's an art-house kinda film, and may not cross over, but I found it worthwhile.

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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #65 on: January 11, 2010, 03:11:25 pm »
I beleive she said that Jim was a substitution, which makes no sense. Substituting for what? If he were straight, he could have had his pick of women. Hell, he could have his pick of women while staying gay! I thought she was just drunk. You have to admit, that scene was easier on her than the Ennis/Alma scene at Thanksgiving. Charley had her bad side, but she had a good side too.

Right, that's what she called it.  I think it's similar to Alma, but with Alma, she didn't say anything about it, and she finally just blew up like a pressure cooker.  Charley knew he was gay and acknowledged it, but was sort of in denial or misunderstanding/naive about it.  The look on her face when he shut the door on her was classic!  I'm glad he stood up for himself to her and walked out.

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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #66 on: January 11, 2010, 03:15:03 pm »
Eric, I don't think it's the new Brokeback Mountain either.  But since Brokeback Mountain, I find I'm easily disappointed with films (including all of Jake's recent ones, and Heath's Imaginarium). 

So, when this one hit me, emotionally and artistically, I got excited--I wanted to see it again, and to read the book.  I agree that it's an art-house kinda film, and may not cross over, but I found it worthwhile.


I hear what you're saying Paul.  I wonder if we'll ever have another "cross-over" movie about us.   :-\   That's why Brokeback was so important to me.  I knew it's phenomonom would most likely never be repeated.

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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #67 on: January 11, 2010, 03:18:52 pm »

I hear what you're saying Paul.  I wonder if we'll ever have another "cross-over" movie about us.   :-\   That's why Brokeback was so important to me.  I knew it's phenomonom would most likely never be repeated.

I doubt Brokeback will ever be repeated. 

But, "A Single Man" is a sensitive, intelligent film made by an out filmmaker.  That's something to celebrate too.

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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #68 on: January 11, 2010, 03:20:33 pm »
I doubt Brokeback will ever be repeated. 

But, "A Single Man" is a sensitive, intelligent film made by an out filmmaker.  That's something to celebrate too.


You're right.  It is a step up from most of the gay themed movies that are made these days.

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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #69 on: January 11, 2010, 08:35:44 pm »

You're right.  It is a step up from most of the gay themed movies that are made these days.

Yikes that's harsh, lol!  You really were disappointed.

I think it's funny that Tom Ford insists that A SINGLE MAN  isn't a gay film.   I thought it was one of the gayest films I've ever seen and that's part of the reason I loved it so much.  I kept thinking throughout that I, as a gay person, was the target audience and would be very surprised if it did cross-over into the mainstream because of that.

I could also completely relate to the scene with Julianne Moore.  What gay man hasn't had the rug pulled from under them by someone they considered a close friend?  Some casual homophobic comment suddenly makes you reassess your whole relationship with them.  ("That's what s/he thought all these years?!)  Of course, she was clearly in love with him so I cut her some slack, plus she gives good dinners, lol!

Anyway, I think a SINGLE MAN is more than a "step-up" from most gay movies, it certainly affected me in ways that most (American) gay films don't.  Then again maybe I just like stylish & visually stunning films, lol!

I guess I also don't see the appeal of a film becoming a mainstream hit so i don't see it as a fault if a film remains in the  "arthouse".  Of course I realize the financial value of a movie becoming mainstream, both for it and future gay-themed projects, but artistically-speaking I think mainstream appeal comes with a price.

As for BbM, my favourite movie still, I can't explain why it crossed-over except that maybe it was one of those zeitgeist things.  :-\ ( Couldn't have been the fact that everyone in it denied being gay, of course, lol!)