Wednesday, February 01, 2006

All my life I've waited to see your smile again

Mr. TiVo suggested I check out Longtime Companion which was playing on Encore this week. Think he knows me? I can't believe I've never seen it before. It came out when I was in school and I was one of those insane students camping out in the back stacks of the library so that might explain it. That was early in my journey in figuring out who I am. I had a girlfriend. I was fucking around with my roommate. Not going to gay films, though. I started watching it last night and just finished. I think it was very well done. Brother, I did not see that beach scene coming at all. I bawled my eyes out. It was snot-running bawling. That movie is 16 years old, but it holds up. I can't imagine what effect it must have on people who have lost loved ones to AIDS. Have you seen it?

4 comments:

The Other Andrew said...

Wow, 16 years? Yeah, I saw it when it first came out. Jeezalou that means I was 25 when it was released. It had quite an impact on me when I saw it, especially the beach scene you mentioned. So sad. In the context of the times it certainly was an important film.

Oh, and I remember having a serious boner for Stephen Caffrey (Fuzzy) and to a lesser extent Dermot Mulroney. I'm very shallow, scratch the surface and underneath is more surface.

Michael said...

Well if crushing on Fuzzy is shallow, then I'm a kiddy wading pool, Andrew. Especially when he trimmed the beard up a bit.
That beach scene is intense...so happy and sad at the same time.

The Other Andrew said...

Yeah, if I remember rightly towards the end of the film he trims the beard and has those nice pointy sideburns... yum! He's a snack.

I heart happy/sad. I really liked Dermot Mulroney's character John, and when he comes racing down the beach and gives all his friends a hug (esp Campbell Scott), well I lost it.

luscious loulou said...

I haven't seen it since it came out on telly but I do remember Bruce Davison (He's in it, right?) and everything that I have seen him in since then has been coloured by this film rather than say, "Willard".

Was he kind of worldy-wise and calm wearing sun-bleached cottons? Or was it just him looking sun-bleached?

I do remember that it was a very big deal at the time, this show, and I believe it won quite a few awards. Now I'll have to find it and weep once more.