Well done! great pacing and flow. Love the song with it and the feel of “cool” that comes across.
Lol this is cute. I had missed the part about passing down something he will be grateful for , but after watching it again now its pretty funny.
Finally! I have seen the new, remade Gatsby. I know it has been a while but it was worth the wait. I really, really found this remake to be well done and I am a fan of Baz Luhrmann’s style. I loved the raw, grittiness and the intensity his style brought to the film. Luhrmann’s unique film style played really well in setting the scenes and portraying the dirty, and urban feel of the “Valley” of the city.
Another element that I loved was the soundtrack! It fit so well with the updated telling of the story and had the perfect mix of new contemporary music with the jazzy feel of the era.
Though most people who are fans of the original film will say that no one was a Greater Gatsby than Robert Redford, I found Leonardo DiCaprio was well suited to play Mr. Gatsby. In fact I found the whole cast to be rather a perfect fit for their roles.
While I did not find the original unenjoyable, (I actually liked how it followed the book and was narrated by Sam Waterston) I preferred this Gatsby much more than the original for the pacing of the story. The remake was much better paced as the quickness of the film mimicked the moving and changing the beat of the city and also mimicked the story itself, spiraling out of control.
I also enjoyed how in this Gatsby film the viewer was able to see more into Jay Gatsby’s past, as well as in to Nick Carraway’s memories, and really see character backgrounds and character development, creating a stronger bond between the audience and the characters unlike the original where I just felt like someone viewing a movie.
The only real negative that I had with this remake was the overuse of the phrase “Old Sport.” I definitely do not remember Robert Redford saying “Old Sport” so many times.
Overall I think that this Gatsby film was successful and was able to modernize Fitzgerald’s story in a way that did not lose the identity of the original story.
As a follow up post to upcoming films I want to see, I forgot to include The Great Gatsby. This adaptation from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, this is actually a remake of the film “The Great Gatsby” Starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the same director of Moulin Rouge and Romeo+Juliet, I now see the similarities of cinematographic style between the three films. As a big fan of his adaptation of Romeo+Juliet, I am very excited to see how he takes on the Gatsby film.
Though it has been a while since I have seen the first Gatsby moive, I remember the pacing of it being rather slow and dragging along. Just from the preview of this movie, it seems like pacing has picked up and the drama, sex, love, violence, and scandal have been amped up as well.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Toby McGuire as Nick Carraway, and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan. I think that DiCaprio and Mulligan are excellent choices to take on these roles.
Also the sound track to this film seems great, very modern but fitting to the time/setting of the movie.
I cannot wait to see this in theaters May 10, 2013!
Though March Madness is over, I feel like this commercial sills deserves some airtime. It gets funnier with each watch. “Can you get me Mr. Baldwin’s autograph?”
This commercial makes me laugh but I’m not too sure of the message…I’m not really sure what one is supposed to last 25 years and what one isn’t. hmm?
42- The Jackie Robinson Story: Opening tomorrow this is the true story of Jackie Robinson and how he broke the major league baseball color barrier by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. I have never been one who is a fan of baseball or baseball films for that matter, like The Natural, but this movie looks like it has potential to be a great baseball flick. see trailer
Trance- Now playing, a psychological thriller about a conspiracy to steal artwork at an auction and the use of hypnotherapy to recover a memory about where to find the missing art. Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, the opening Olympic ceremony, 127 Hours) and featuring Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy, and Vincent Cassel. I love stories like this, ones that are very twisted and complex where everyone is playing each other, this looks like a very “edge of your seat” movie—though I may have to look away with some of the torture scenes because they look really gross and bloody. see trailer
This is the End- Coming in Summer 2013. Featuring a great ensemble cast of James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and appearances by Emma Watson, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, Michael Cera, Mindy Kaling and so many more. It is about six friends trapped in a house after some strange happenings occur in LA and all the crazy happenings that follow. Looks hilarious! see trailer
After all of the hype surrounding this film I finally sat downto watch to see what all the commotion was about. I was weary at first with watching a film called “The Miserable” knowing it would defiantly be depressing.
From Guys and Dolls to Footloose, Billy Elliot, and more recently Hairspray and Mama Mia, it is always interesting to see crossover from books to film and sometimes even more so from theatre to film (and the other way around with theater and film). The story mainly follows the life of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and through his interactions with the other characters we learn more about his life, the lives of the other characters and the hard times in 19c France. I did enjoy how each of the different stories intertwined and all the characters were connected; a six-degrees of separation kind of story if you will.
Though I have never seen this as a play before (but I have seen plays), I think that the way this was filmed added a new element of viewer engagement that a play could not have done. For me, what worked well about this, as a film was the use of camera angles and how the viewer could better see symbolisms.
For instance, when the camera follows Valjean’s torn up parole paper in the wind we get a birds eye view of France, setting the overall stage—the master shot. Though it seemed that some people did not enjoy the singing-en-scene, to the camera, I thought that made it more organic and felt more like a play. Also I liked that it added the element of making the viewer feel like a character in the film, thus engaging them more in the story.
Similarly, by having the camera move around and act like it is hiding in the bushes or moving about the house (when Carter and Cohen are singing “Master of the House”) we feel like we are there in the scene following the action as it unfolds and not just watching it in the audience.
Also, by bringing this story to film we are better able to see symbolic elements that perhaps we could not get from a play. Many times we see Javert walking on the edge of buildings, and it may seem strange at first glance, but the film allows us to see his struggle, he is constantly walking a thin line. Likewise, the use of the pan-up shot shows his power and authority, while the pan-down shows is insignificance in the grand scheme of things.
I really enjoyed the cast, and thought that all of the actors were well fitting, even Mr. Russell Crowe—I found him to be better than the suggested negative reviews out there. I was also impressed at the emotion that came through while singing; I really felt the sorrow of Anne Hathaway as she sang “I Dreamed a Dream,” and when Hugh Jackman sang as he faced multiple hard decisions, and when Eddie Redmayne was singing after the barricade fight scene and when Samantha Barks (Éponine) sang about her unrequited love. However, after all of the buzz around Hathaway, I was a little bummed at how little we see of her in this film.
Also, I really enjoyed the comic relief of Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thénardier) and even Sacha Baron Cohen (Thénardier). Though I am not one for Cohen’s comedic style I found him to be the perfect fit for the role.
The only thing that I found to be un-enjoyable (other than the depressing tone) was the pacing; it was rather strange. It was like the story itself moved fast and slow simultaneously. Sometimes the scene would change rather quickly and it was like “wait a sec, what just happened how did we jump to this point in time” but other times it was like “ok move on, what is next?”
Though seeing this film once was probably enough for me, I did appreciate the uniqueness that Tom Hooper brought to the telling of this story.
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one of my favorite commercials out there … touch or tackle?
I unfortunately missed the first two shorts on both days but I did catch the end of Je t’attends toujours (Day 2) and it seemed to have a good mix of thrills, drama and an exciting storyline. However I wan not sure if it was a true story or a mocumentary.
Un week-end a Paris: (A weekend in Paris): Not too sure of what this was about because my French is very limited and there were no subtitles, but the girl in this film was adorable. I think the premise was something like they pretend to go to Paris but go elsewhere in search of something—but of what I am not sure. It was rather slow paced in the beginning and though it was strange how most of the beginning was exterior shots of buildings and scenery accompanied with voiceover, I think that subtitles would have clarified this situation. So due to lack of subtitles, I give this a B-.
La Baleine et moi (The Whale and me): A documentary about a former free-diving champion and her encounter with a whale and its baby. I found this documentary to be rather eccentric and rather atypical of a usual documentary. In a way I found it to be kind of incomplete or lacking something that I cant quite put my finger on. Though I really liked the film of the whales, I give this a C+ for incompleteness but an A for the whale footage and underwater scenes.
Dead: Another kind of strangely unique film like Je veille sur vous from the first day. I think that the dad (the leading man) in this is dead/a ghost, but it could be that he is just not around as much and now wants to be a better father? Not too sure. The special effects were well done and the story kept you on the edge of your seat of what would happen to the baby. I give it a B.
Monsieur Leroi: Very fitting film for the time of unemployment and the stresses of interviews. A man Mr. Grabin has finally got an interview after a long time of searching for a job. What starts as a typical day, turns in to a rather odd interview. Comical, unique, and peculiar, I give this film A+.
Palmipedarium: I found this film to be rather weird and not that enjoyable. It seemed rather dark and kind of scary. There were times where I thought I might have the story figured out and other times where I was surprised by what happened. The animation however was satisfactory as well as the editing. So for animation and editing I give this an A but overall I say C.
Time to split: Though it was a rather usual story, about a couple with a child who split up and may or may not get back together, I love split reality films showing things happening for two people at the same time! I liked how the line dropped down through the film and split the story. This was so well filmed and edited, and I like how the way it was divided split screen made each segment look like frames in a filmstrip. Overall I give this an A+.
*flim descriptions taken from this year’s festival program*