This year, my senior year of college at Wesleyan University, has been filled with many bittersweet moments. As my time here, and my undergraduate education as a whole, comes to a close, I can't help but measure my time in movies.
As Thursday night became Friday morning, Baz Luhrmann's vision began to grow on me. I left the movie with a new, sometimes forgotten, understanding of the novel. And so I'm here to defend Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.
Last year, the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby remake showed a long shot in which the filmmakers misspelled the iconic name of Broadway's Ziegfeld Follies. I'm assured that they've fixed that mistake. But with the movie opening this week, I'm afraid I've found...
The arrival of May means it's still spring, but it's almost summer too! That means summer vacation, the beach, BBQs, and new music to play at the fantastic summer dance parties that you're going to have, of course!
It's Moulin Rouge-meets-the Jazz Age, and Baz Luhrmann is the star. The film is everything the trailer promises -- loud, frenetic and fun -- but when the style-over-substance take on the material wears thin, what's left are some subpar performances and a lot of voice-over narration.