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Tuesday, September 17 2013

For Infidelity: Reconsidering Aesthetic Anachronism

Being faithful to the original can require removing it from its context. It’s a necessary and paradoxical reversal.


Wednesday, May 1 2013

Hey, Old Sport, (Again): Hollywood and 'The Great Gatsby'

Here comes another adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Why should this one succeed where its predecessors have failed?


Tuesday, November 30 2010

Oprah, Australia, and Tourism: Defining 'Nation' as 'Product'

Since 2008, the "Oprah connection" has helped market Australia-the-product and illustrates an intriguing link among nations, television, film, and successful tourism.


Wednesday, January 14 2009

OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!


Wednesday, October 15 2008

Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.


Reviews

Wednesday, June 5 2013

Baz Luhrmann's Penchant for Crowd-Pleasing Is Explicit in 'Strictly Ballroom'

Though not based on literature or history, Strictly Ballroom is no less archetypal than Baz Luhrmann's other work.


Tuesday, November 2 2010

'Moulin Rouge' Is a Silly, Campy, Wonderful Effort to Save the Movie Musical from Itself

The movie might seem oversized and unwieldy in its heedless pursuit of romantic sensation, but Luhrmann and company are speaking in cinematic language, not translating from Broadway -- and they do so with sophistication.


Thursday, March 12 2009

Australia

As far as films go, this one's rather like a fleeting romance that wants to be a torrid affair.


Tuesday, November 25 2008

Australia

Australia is both an epic and a post-epic epic: it understands what's at stake in such spectacle-making and wants to show you that it knows.


Saturday, December 31 1994

Moulin Rouge (2001)

She's the perfect drag queen, embodying the ruthless paradox of entertainment. She is the show that must go on and cannot.


Blogs

Friday, August 23 2013

‘The Great Gatsby’ Proves That Baz Luhrmann is Our Disco Michael Bay

One of the year’s worst films, Luhrmann’s trashy, overhyped, faux- Jazz Age spectacle is so shallow as to be creatively nonexistent.


Thursday, May 9 2013

A "Great" Gatsby? Absolutely!

Luhrmann's Gatsby may be the most boisterous downer ever put to film. By playing up the highs, the director increases the depth of the lows.


Tuesday, November 25 2008

Australia

He's been making movies since 1992. Yet in 16 years, he's completed only four projects - 1992's Strictly Ballroom, 1996's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, 2001's magnificent Moulin


News

Tuesday, November 25 2008

Hugh Jackman brings epic sexiness to film epic 'Australia'

"Australia," the audacious epic from visionary director Baz Luhrmann, is being hailed as the Pacific "Gone With the Wind." The movie's scintillating star, Hugh Jackman,


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