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Title: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: chesterfilms on July 02, 2008, 12:35:38 PM
Moulin Rouge!


Old Poll Results:
(http://i.imgur.com/k0s4jkw.png)
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: oneaprilday on July 02, 2008, 12:38:26 PM
I've only seen Strictly Ballroom, but I love it. Never got around to the other two.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: saltine on July 02, 2008, 12:48:25 PM
I'm really looking forward to Australia.  I'd love to be in Sydney in November for the opening, but maybe we'll have an event in Perth too.  Sometimes we do.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: sdedalus on July 02, 2008, 01:15:45 PM
Moulin Rouge!!
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: karlwinslow on July 02, 2008, 02:04:52 PM
never seen one, and not interested.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: íKeith! on July 02, 2008, 02:10:32 PM
Chihuahua!! ;D
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: Basil on July 02, 2008, 02:14:32 PM
Chihuahua!! ;D

Correct.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: Kevin Shields on July 02, 2008, 04:30:58 PM
Chihuahua!! ;D

LOL

That's funnier than the trailer and the upcoming movie. 

1. Strictly Ballroom
2. Moulin Rouge
3. Romeo + Juliet

I like his films.  Their excessive yet fun.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: chesterfilms on July 02, 2008, 05:52:36 PM
Chihuahua!! ;D

LOL

That's funnier than the trailer and the upcoming movie. 


please don't encourage them
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: Wowser on July 03, 2008, 01:40:48 PM
Yeuch.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: gateway on July 03, 2008, 02:31:39 PM
I would actually rather watch Beverly Hills Chihuahua then ever be exposed to Luhrmann's wretched adaptation of Romeo and Juliet ever again.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: StarCarly on July 03, 2008, 02:43:55 PM
I can't believe what I'm reading! I love both Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. They are visually perfect!
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on July 03, 2008, 04:15:01 PM
Chihuahua!! ;D
Chihuahua!! ;D

LOL

That's funnier than the trailer and the upcoming movie. 


please don't encourage them

  CHIHUAHUA!!!

I like his stuff visually - I think Moulin Ruge is a rather impressive achievement - it brought back musicals to the mainstream.
Romeo + Juiliet was so much fun to look at...
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on July 11, 2010, 04:27:08 AM
Went with Strictly Ballroom, but like them all. Have not seen Australia though.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: Lola on July 11, 2010, 04:49:58 AM
Strictly Ballroom ( This film started the ballroom revial we see on tv now)
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: tinyholidays on July 11, 2010, 12:01:51 PM
I do love Romeo + Juliet, but I went with Moulin Rouge. But it's really close. Really close.

Saw Australia opening weekend. Oh, man...  :-[ :-[ :-X
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: Antares on March 18, 2011, 11:18:36 AM
Strictly Ballroom


Romeo + Juliet    
Moulin Rouge!
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 16, 2013, 01:48:12 PM
I don't think there are spoilers in this.

The Great Gatsby

Perhaps there's no better way to attack the futility of the American Dream than by embracing all of the artifice of modern times, the nostalgic croon of a Lana Del Rey or the gloriously extravagant third dimension, and deconstructing it from the inside out.

We all become Nick Carraway, a constant observer and occasional interloper.

It could be easy to lose hold of the source material when modernizing the material, but it's the film's admiration for Fitzgerald's written word that acts both as its most admirable feature (outside of DiCaprio's usual masterful turn as Gatsby and Debicki's electrifying Jordan Baker) and its greatest weakness. I am no fan of the seemingly inherent supremacy of the "show don't tell" mantra that dominates cinema conversation. But Carraway's narration browbeats themes in a way that is a byproduct of filmed adaptation.

And despite some of the film's visual charms, its clear love for the text on which it's based, and another entry in what is quickly making 2013 the year of the deadly lie that has manifest as a glorious American Dream, there's this lack of bite to most of the film. Sure there's a sense that we are always being watched, always being judged, but it feels less like it's by the bespectacled billboard's eyes of God and more properly the endlessly vapid gaze of Carey Mulligan's Daisy.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: don s. on May 16, 2013, 02:38:23 PM
never seen one, and not interested.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: íKeith! on May 17, 2013, 09:47:21 AM
Moulin Rouge!
Romeo + Juliet
The Great Gatsby
Strictly Ballroom
Australia
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: AAAutin on August 15, 2013, 08:17:02 PM
3.) MOULIN ROUGE!
2.) ROMEO + JULIET
1.) THE GREAT GATSBY
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 13, 2015, 03:38:33 AM
Another poll that needs updating.
Another director I need to know better.
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: 1SO on June 09, 2015, 09:40:21 AM
Baz Luhrmann has a New Poll. Please Vote.

Old Poll Results:
(http://i.imgur.com/k0s4jkw.png)
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on June 09, 2015, 04:46:26 PM
Strictly Ballroom
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: Sandy on June 10, 2015, 03:56:14 PM
Dave, you are so right! Except, Moulin Rouge! is higher in my top 100. :) And, Romeo + Juliet is waiting in the wings until I get a chance to see it again.

I love all three. All three drive me crazy. Luhrmann messes with my head. :)
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on June 11, 2015, 08:02:14 AM
It is hard to pick between those, but the nature of this poll forces you too. I saw Strictly Ballroom first and that is as good a reason to pick that over the others as I will come up with.
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: 1SO on June 12, 2015, 10:09:20 PM
1. Moulin Rouge
2. Romeo + Juliet
3. Strictly Ballroom
4. Australia
5. The Great Gatsby
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: 1SO on June 12, 2015, 10:33:19 PM
Australia (2008)
* * 1/2
At first, I thought Nicole Kidman's performance was going to be a disaster. She's painted as an overly-prim peacock and acts the part to off-putting effect. Her character is supposed to loosen up, but Kidman simply drops the act and quickly. That's the problem with Baz, his vision is so large that he can't match the stuff in the upper right corner with the stuff in the lower left. There's a cattle stampede and the CG vistas and glossy effects work against the danger of the scene. He aims to tell the story of the aborigine, but he's too enamored with its spiritual side, over-extending the muddled imagery while shortening the characters.

This was a reminder for me that I think Baz Luhrmann is a very good director at times, with a cinematic imagination that approaches real greatness. A number of sequences (like the cattle race, the Japanese attack and a tension-filled society ball) work beautifully on the grand canvas Baz likes to paint on. It's difficult to get the balance of artificial emotional reality just right. When it works there's nothing else like a Baz Luhrmann cocktail. Unfortunately there's no consistency to the quality and the heightened elements just as often are too fake, too cartoonish or too sweet. I'm really glad I watched this, though I was checking the Time Remaining on it a lot.
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: Sandy on June 12, 2015, 10:46:57 PM
You put it above Great Gatsby, anyway. :) I'm glad, you're glad you saw it. I think we had similar experiences with it, since my memory of the movie is that it's uneven and forced, yet has moments of brilliance.
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: Junior on June 12, 2015, 11:33:07 PM
It's been a long time since I watch that, but yeah, I think I kinda liked it in spite of itself.
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: Corndog on March 29, 2016, 08:58:04 PM
1. Romeo + Juliet (2.5)
2. The Great Gatsby (2.5)
3. Australia (2)
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 30, 2016, 02:49:56 AM
Romeo + Juliet
Moulin Rouge


The second one needs a proper rewatch.
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 30, 2016, 03:01:19 AM
Romeo + Juliet

I honestly can't remember much aside from the old English gibberish.
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: FifthCityMuse on March 30, 2016, 06:39:30 AM
I haven't seen most of these in years. Voted for Strictly Ballroom, but that's part nostalgia/nationalism and part the stage musical I saw last year. I think Moulin Rouge is probably better. It's certainly the most 'Baz'.

The trailer for his Netflix show looks really interesting.

As a sidenote, I worked opening night of Strictly Ballroom: The Musical in Melbourne, and Catherine Martin wore the most amazing dress with this huge amount of embroidery. Between us, she's the really talented one of the two.
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: DarkeningHumour on December 05, 2017, 08:50:07 AM
Romeo + Juliet
Moulin Rouge


The second one needs a proper rewatch.

Rewatch done.

Romeo + Juliet
Moulin Rouge
The Great Gatsby

Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: oldkid on December 08, 2017, 08:47:16 PM
Moulin Rogue 4.5/5
Romeo + Juliet  3.5/5
The Great Gatsby  3.5/5
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: DarkeningHumour on December 09, 2017, 04:59:12 AM
Moulin Rogue 4.5/5

She was a courtesan, he was a thief. Together they escaped the underworld of Paris, but their enemies pursue. They flee, for love, life and song.
Title: Re: Luhrmann, Baz
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on December 14, 2017, 01:57:46 AM
Moulin Rouge, 75˚
Romeo + Juliet, 65˚
Strictly Ballroom, 40˚
Australia, 15˚