Baz Luhrmann’s Gilded Dreams — “The Great Gatsby” Review

The Great Gatsby unfolds upon the screen like a cross between two of Baz Luhrmann’s earlier films -- the sparkly romance of Romeo + Juliet met with the hypnotic bacchanalia of Moulin Rouge. In typical Lurhmann tradition, the stories contain familiar themes: tragic lovers, missed connections, and societal and/or economic obstacles that prevent such love … Continue reading Baz Luhrmann’s Gilded Dreams — “The Great Gatsby” Review

The Man Behind the Spectacle: A Review of Oz: The Great and Powerful

In the beginning, there was spectacle. The novelty of moving pictures was enough to satisfy audiences who hurried into theaters to catch a glimpse of the newest blockbuster -- usually something as mundane as a horse eating hay or small girls having a pillow fight. Little by little the abilities of film as a storytelling medium developed, … Continue reading The Man Behind the Spectacle: A Review of Oz: The Great and Powerful