The Brokeback Agenda

Okay, Brokeback Mountain is a good movie, but are those eight Oscar nominations for Ang Lee’s “gay cowboy” flick really about rewarding great filmmaking? Or is this just Hollywood’s way of thumbing its nose at the right-wingers who currently control America’s political system? Stephen Hunter says that Brokeback “makes an argument with images craftily employed to communicate ideas. Nothing in it is arbitrary… generally, the movie is cruel to family. It seems to think family is a bourgeois delusion” and that homosexuality is a natural reaction against the imprisonment of traditional American family life.