For all the hype, Brokeback Mountain was a disappointment. The acting and directing were great - surprisingly, in the case of the actors. I'm no fan of Gyllenhaal, and I thought he was definitely the junior partner in this movie. Heath Ledger really surprised me though. I may have to reevaluate 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight's Tale.
The movie really suffered, I thought, from a poor screenplay. The directing and acting really did carry this film - hell, even Anne Hathaway was good - and I thought the lack of a strong narrative really brought the film down.
So far, I'm rooting for Good Night and Good Luck for Best Picture on Oscar night. But I haven't seen Crash yet. I'm torn on the Best Actor nod - Ledger really was impressive, but I can't decide whether or not I liked Strathairn in GN&GL more. Ledger arguably had the harder role, though.
The other movie I saw was The Matador, starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. Not a great film in any sense of the word, but lots of fun. Probably the kind of film Hollywood would do well to make more of - no A-list stars, just a good, funny story well told.
However, it really blows me away that it costs $40 to bring a date to the movies these days. I mean, jesus fricking christ. I'm not made of popcorn!