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May 08, 2013


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Saw the new "Gatsby." It worked for me, for the most part. There were some needless changes, and some of the novel's famous lines were rewritten (maybe to make them sound more contemporary?).

But on the whole, it was well cast, absorbing and reasonably faithful. The director's frantic cutting was mainly reserved for the first half. Later scenes were quieter and more sober. (Didn't know Luhmann had such restraint in him.) The modern music wasn't too intrusive. And the movie made good use of period music, too.

For better or worse, I suspect a whole generation is going to associate "Rhapsody in Blue" with Leonardo DiCaprio.

That Fuzzy Bastard

Oh my god, Jeff McMahon, I think I just fell in love with you.


And what about the music in "Titanic"? Celine Dion wasn't even ALIVE in 1912! So there!

Sheila Kind

A much better film than many critics, including Kenny, would have us believe. I went expecting a bit of a train wreck and left happily surprised that I'd enjoyed it so much. Partly because it strikes notes than the other versions never even thought of striking. And it's actually quite amusing in parts. The cast on the whole is great, esp DiCap, who manages a rather remarkable performance. Didn't even mind Tobey M., who is rather underrated anyhow. I did love R + J and Moulin Rouge, Australia not so much - rather less than the sum of it's parts, so this was a treat. For a nice antidote to some of the more leaden reviews, I'd read Tom Carson's. He seems to hit most of the right notes regarding this one.

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