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Our guest columnist is Matthew Chapman, writer and director of the new movie “The Ledge”, which does for atheists what the “Atlas Shrugged” movie did for Libertarians.

This could be the Brokeback Mountain moment for atheists, our tipping point, when we finally get the attention we deserve. Although books have put atheists into the intellectual mainstream, The Ledge is the first Hollywood drama to target the broader movie-going public with an openly atheist hero in a production big enough to attract A-list stars. This is unprecedented.

Although the film was nominated for Best US Drama for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and has huge potential to promote atheism, it could also be a crushing defeat. How many watch it — and it just came in 3rd in Russia against Pirates of the Caribbean and Kung Fu Panda — determines the push it will get nationwide. If Brokeback Mountain had failed at the box office, it would have scared investors away from gay-centric films for a decade. When Passion Of The Christ came out, it was heavily supported by Christians, and consequently Hollywood made several more faith-based films. It is vital that we atheists prove that we support films that support us. This is how the door opens.

How to help The Ledge [Ledge Movie]

Director hopes new film will be ‘Brokeback Mountain’ for atheists [Raw Story]


“God, I can quit you.”

As a godless heathen I don’t get this need to spread the word. You are or you aren’t. It’s a state of mind really. The faith based wackadoos aka fundies of the world aren’t going to care one way or another, we’re just speedbumps along the road to heaven to be crushed or shot in the back of the head (along with the faith based but not as faith based as they are.)

And using “Atlas Shrugged” as a standard to look, um, up to? The very movie that was thrashed on pretty much every non idiot (read non libertarian) movie site and reviewer? That’s not a standard I would want any movie to go by. Note to Matt: The genuine awfulness of both “US America Shrugged” and Battlefield Earf (sic) made libertarianism and Scientology a laughing stock.

@ManchuCandidate: Exactly. I bought into the idea of not being silent about my lack of belief for surveys, studies and other bean counting shit like that. But I’ll be, er, damned if I’m going to proselytize. This pissed me off:

I ask you to go beyond a mention. Please spend 15 minutes on the below list of ideas. It’s a great way to help along our cause, and please sign up for announcements. Thanks!

–Matthew Chapman, Writer & Director, The Ledge

It looks pretty dreadful, notwithstanding the presence of Patrick Wilson (when will he stop making dreadful movies and put his dance belt back on?). Poor man. It’s not his fault he looks like the stereotypical Mormon. He’s also hot and funny and sexy. And talented. Third billing? WTF? He deserves better.

Who is this person on the ledge? I hope he jumps. He should jump. He should also STFU.

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Is it still in development? Can we still make suggestions? Like the protagonist should be a church-burning fanatic who can only orgasm while pestorking his lovers on the altar of churches engulfed in raging infernos?

@ManchuCandidate: “Atlas Shrugged” was my own shorthand for a page I could have written about the ignominy of being represented by this fool.

@Benedick HRH KFC: Who is this person on the ledge?

Newcastle’s own Charlie Hunnam, otherwise known for playing the kid on the UK Queer as Folk.

@nojo: He was good in that. I’m just a bit startled he gets billed above P Wilson.

@Benedick HRH KFC: Never saw it. Just the American version. Filmed in Toronto. By Ice N’s.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: Some of those Stalin-era propaganda posters are pretty cool.

@nojo: It’s very good. Quite shocking in its way. And very funny. Much rougher than the US counterpart which was done – very well – as a soap. Though I always thought – Pittsburgh – really? The UK version is set in Manchester, which makes much more sense.

@Benedick HRH KFC: They could have made it into a franchise–Queer As Folk: Miami–and thank the FSM they didn’t. The US version was fine, but I liked the original UK version better. Maybe I’m just a sucker for sexy accents and people that say “are yew mahd?” all the time.

@Benedick HRH KFC: Regarding Pittsburgh, that was a conscious choice by the producers to give the show a more working class vibe and to emphasize that we’re everywhere.

@Benedick HRH KFC: @¡Andrew!: Is the UK version available? Setting it in Manchester (my philosophy roomie’s hometown), adds an extra layer for a US viewer, since there would be presumed social norms that are interesting in themselves.

@nojo: They have the DVDs on Amazon under “Queer As Folk UK.” It might be available on the Netflixes, but I don’t know about that one.

It’s pretty mindblowing to think that this is one of the highest rated shows of all time in the UK and that it aired on Channel 4, which is their equivalent of ABC.

Be forwarned, the sex scenes are way more graphic than the US-Canadian version, and the language is a real hoot. There’s plenty of times that you’ll want subtitles when they really get going.

@¡Andrew!: I will own to watching A Hard Day’s Night with the closed captions on.

@nojo: You can get it at Amazon. Netflix doesn’t seem to have it. I think it did two seasons but maybe there were more. Of course, Manchester has Boytown – or whatever it’s called – and the UK’s 2nd largest population with very much a style of its own. Hence the title, the old northern saying “There’s nowt as queer as folk.”.

It was done by the guy who gayed up Dr. Who.

@¡Andrew!: I got that but it seemed a somewhat eccentric choice to be America’s gayest city. Those boys spent a lot of time frenching each other in the A&P. I suppose they didn’t want to have a San Francisco vibe. And I guess it had to be a city they could fake in the frozen north, so Sandy Eggo would be out.

@mellbell: We watch new American movies with the subtitles so I don’t have to listen to the hubby yelling “What did he say? Can you understand what they’re saying??” on account of all the fucking whispering that goes on.

@¡Andrew!: Randy Harrison has a fan club of ladies in Japan who always fly over when he’s in a play and arrive with expensive presents. It’s sweet and just a little creepy.

@Benedick HRH KFC: Ha. Listening to Helen Shapiro at the moment. Thanks again for recommending her ages ago.

@mellbell: You get a pass since the dialogue is so great, particularly the scenes with Paul’s grandfather.

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