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Making Love in perspective

[NOTE: I’ve updated my State of the Union commentary.]


I have to agree with Brent Hartinger over at The Big Gay Picture. I remember seeing Making Love back when it was released, and it was way ahead of its time — the first studio movie that cast a positive and realistic look at a gay relationship. It is coming out on DVD.

Brent has a great interview with the screenwriter Barry Sandler, who is openly gay and was featured in the great doc The Celluloid Closet. Sandler reflects on the success of Brokeback and puts the impact of Making Love in perspective. A snippet:

Brent Hartinger: I’m struck by this organized counter-assault in the right-wing media attacking Brokeback Mountain. Was there this sort of concerted conservative backlash against Making Love?

Barry Sandler: No. We would hear a little, but that didn’t bother me. There wasn’t an organized frontal attack. The right wasn’t really formed yet. It was the early Reagan years.

Brent Hartinger: Was Making Love banned anywhere, like Brokeback has been?

Barry Sandler: No. But here’s a funny aside. Salt Lake City. The highest grossing shows there were during the lunch hour. They were always filled, and all these single guys with wedding rings. The night shows, forget it. But the lunch shows, watch out!

Of course there are juicy bits about the problems casting Making Love. He says Harrison Ford turned it down flat. Good grief, I couldn’t see him in either role anyway.


Other items in the mailbag

* Jon at the Pensito Review caught Bush’s bit of science fiction in the SOTU…

It is commonly known that President Bush is proudly uneducated, ill-read and uninformed but I, for one, did not know until yesterday that he is making major policy decisions based on — not junk science produced by the flat-earthers in his party or even psuedo science like Intelligent Design — but science fiction.

Last night, in his State of the Union speech, the president came out swinging against human-animal hybridization:

Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms, creating or implanting embryos for experiments, creating human-animal hybrids, and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos.

We can only assume that Laura has been tucking the preznint in with bedtime stories from “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” by H.G. Wells.

* Native Oregonians Carla (of Preemptive Karma) and Torrid (Also Also) have teamed up on a blog to cover Oregon politics, Loaded Orygun. Have a look.

* Blender Karen T. alerted me to the pastor homo-bigot brigade coalition is launching on in Colorado re: the marriage amendment. Bishop Phillip H. Porter Jr. is pastor of All Nations Church of God in Christ in Aurora and has started up new local nonprofit group called Coloradans for Marriage. Pastor Ruben Mendez, an associate pastor at the Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, is president of the Alliance Ministry of Denver, host Spanish-language Christian radio show, and serves as vice president for the nonprofit. Both are part of the Promise Keepers movement, a national ‘Christian’ men’s group based in Denver. See my earlier Colorado post.

* Andy at Towleroad explains this. Chat amongst yourselves.

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