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Your Favorite by Baz Luhrmann Is:

haven't seen any
0 (0%)
don't like any
1 (6.7%)
other
0 (0%)
Strictly Ballroom
4 (26.7%)
Romeo + Juliet
0 (0%)
Moulin Rouge
9 (60%)
Australia
0 (0%)
The Great Gatsby
1 (6.7%)

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2013, 08:17:02 PM »
3.) MOULIN ROUGE!
2.) ROMEO + JULIET
1.) THE GREAT GATSBY

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Baz Luhrmann
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2015, 03:38:33 AM »
Another poll that needs updating.
Another director I need to know better.
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Re: Luhrmann, Baz
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2015, 09:40:21 AM »
Baz Luhrmann has a New Poll. Please Vote.

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Re: Luhrmann, Baz
« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2015, 04:46:26 PM »
Strictly Ballroom

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Re: Luhrmann, Baz
« Reply #24 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. :)
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Re: Luhrmann, Baz
« Reply #25 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.

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Re: Luhrmann, Baz
« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2015, 10:09:20 PM »
1. Moulin Rouge
2. Romeo + Juliet
3. Strictly Ballroom

4. Australia
5. The Great Gatsby

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Re: Luhrmann, Baz
« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2015, 10:33:19 PM »
Australia (2008)
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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.

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Re: Luhrmann, Baz
« Reply #28 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.
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Re: Luhrmann, Baz
« Reply #29 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.
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