The Brokeback Mountain moment of Atheistic Hyperbolism
Whilst full of the usual hyperbolism, and risking putting people off the film by starting an ‘atheistic’ campaign to get it coverage, the following post from The Freethinker certainly sounds intriguing. I hope the film makes it to a cinema near me anyway:
NON-BELIEVERS are being asked to rally in support of a new movie – The Ledge – which, if successful – could project the positive aspects of atheism to millions of viewers all over the world.
In an email to the Freethinker today, Johnny Monsarrat – a volunteer for The Ledge’s atheist writer and director Matthew Chapman – says the movie:
Could be the Brokeback Mountain moment for atheists, drawing blockbuster attention to our cause. But, if the film doesn’t do well on video-on-demand and through its ‘test run’ in New York and Los Angeles theatres starting July 8, it could fail to go nationwide, scaring studios away from atheist films for years.
The first big film with an atheist hero and an A-list cast, The Ledge stars Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Charlie Hunnam, and Terrence Howard.
We see The Ledge as an opportunity for atheism to reach far beyond the usual circles, and so far it’s been nominated Best US Drama at Sundance, and made Russia’s Top Weekly Chart (No 3) between Pirates of the Caribbean and Thor.
I enjoyed the heck out of The Ledge, and am recommending it heartily to pretty much everyone. Atheists, believers who are curious about atheists, people who just like good movies – I recommend The Ledge” to all of you.
Written and directed by Matthew Chapman (author of Trials of the Monkey: An Accidental Memoir and 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania, as well as Charles Darwin’s great-grandson), The Ledge is smart, riveting, complex, emotionally engaging, visually gorgeous … and best of all, almost entirely unpredictable. Its characters are, well, human – likeable, aggravating, tough, loving, damaged – and the story is unpredictable in exactly the ways that human beings are unpredictable. It’s not a perfect film … but its imperfections are ten times more compelling than most of the boilerplate crap regularly churned out by the Hollywood machinery.