Brilliant Failure Reviews

Brilliant Failure: Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)

A scene in Michael Cimino’s epic Western, Heaven’s Gate (1980), always reminds me of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 ­– the fall of the Twin Towers, man’s almost primitive need for contact in a time of extremis (extremis most of us could never imagine), his endless fight for survival. Much has already been said and […]

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Four Frames: God’s Own Country (Francis Lee, 2017)

  Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful, it is not arrogant or rude. – 1 Corinthians 13 In Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005), the course of true love never did run smooth. In Francis Lee’s multi-award-winning God’s Own Country (2017), a film predictably if unhelpfully tagged the “Brexit Brokeback,” things […]