The Best Films of 2013 | 5 Jan 2014 // 8:13 PM
After a shaky start, 2013 ended up a stellar cinematic year, covering subjects as varied as young love, '70s (and '80s and '90s) con men, our country's horrific history of slavery, and perhaps most importantly, giant robots battling equally elephantine alien monster.
For Infidelity: Reconsidering Aesthetic Anachronism | 17 Sep 2013 // 9:14 PM
Being faithful to the original can require removing it from its context. It’s a necessary and paradoxical reversal.
The Riotous Excursions of 'The Great Gatsby' | 26 Aug 2013 // 11:10 PM
Despite the anachronisms, director Baz Luhrmann attempts to not only stay true to the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, but also to the way the book was perceived in its own period.
'The Great Gatsby': Excess and Then Some | 10 May 2013 // 1:30 AM
This Jazz Age is presented in the film as so many brightly colored, manic fantasies, in frantic, crowded dance scenes, in speedy, deliriously unconvincing driving scenes, and even conventionally awkward, filtered-light sex scenes.
‘The Great Gatsby’ Proves That Baz Luhrmann is Our Disco Michael Bay | 23 Aug 2013 // 7:00 AM
One of the year’s worst films, Luhrmann’s trashy, overhyped, faux- Jazz Age spectacle is so shallow as to be creatively nonexistent.
A "Great" Gatsby? Absolutely! | 9 May 2013 // 6:25 PM
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.