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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2003, 02:54:55 PM »
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check it out. its good stuff. baz does do some wild shit in it visually, but its no where as wild and over-the-top as Moulin Rouge. I think it really works well. the film has so much energy and vibe, especially the first 20 minutes. i like the scene when leo and the bitch meet for the first time at the fish tank, with that woman singing that song, its cool.

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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2003, 06:37:18 PM »
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Absolutely.  Guy Ritchie and especially Baz Luhrman are like little children that have just discovered a camera and sparkling objects and are out to have a field day.  It absolutely gives NO maturity to their works, just flash.  I too love the original Romeo and Juliet with Olivia Hussey from Australia.  Great stuff, as is Zeffirelli's Hamlet.  Mel Gibson is quite impressive in that adaptation.   :-D
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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2003, 05:09:07 AM »
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I hate Baz Luhrman and his production of Romeo and Juliet.  Too much and too flashy.  Just because it's contemporary doesn't mean its that original.  How in depth is the sword idea really?  It's all cheap eye candy to me.   :evil:


i agree. hated it.

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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2003, 09:51:01 AM »
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I hate Baz Luhrman and his production of Romeo and Juliet.  Too much and too flashy.  Just because it's contemporary doesn't mean its that original.  How in depth is the sword idea really?  It's all cheap eye candy to me.   :evil:


i agree 100% Baz Luhrman sux. Haven't seen Strickly Ballroom, but man did R+J SUCK!!!! I especially hated the fucking fragon queen scene. Everytime I hear that song now it sends a chill down my spine, as I think of the faggotiest (i know thats not a real word) movie ever made.


That has absolutely nothing to do with it, for me. The content. It's his pseudo-style. Pick any scene in the film, and you can see how he's ruined it because it never feels like anything more than that he's trying to sell you the clothes they're wearing.
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2003, 10:21:34 AM »
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Mel Gibson is quite impressive in that adaptation.   :-D


are you serious?

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« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2003, 10:21:35 AM »
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Yeah, I have to agree. I had to turn MR off after 30 min. A shitty, overwrought, boring love story with great art direction, music, color, and fast editing is still a shitty overwrought boring love story.

But I'd like to see R & J all the same. Haven't got around yet.
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« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2003, 10:59:12 AM »
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Mel Gibson is quite impressive in that adaptation.   :-D


are you serious?


I shudder at the thought of Mel Gibson, but I might be willing to hold my nose and give it a try... maybe...
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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2003, 12:30:08 PM »
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Oh man, Mel Gibson as Hamlet is great, his best role ever.  I saw it in school and it really wowed me
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« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2003, 03:38:09 PM »
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Oh man, Mel Gibson as Hamlet is great, his best role ever.  I saw it in school and it really wowed me


I saw it in highschool too.....it wowed me as well.........BUT I was in highschool.  Mel should be able to wow a highschool student.  Watch it again...his acting is laughable.  He is so overly dramatic it's corny.  Like I said, I like Mel in some roles.....a Shakespearean actor he is not.

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« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2003, 03:47:27 PM »
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I see Mel Gibson's role in Hamlet as very visual.  It's not so much his dialogue, hey conveys a lot through his actions... very pacifistic.  I would relate his role in Hamlet to Adrien Brody in The Pianist ...puppy faced? if you will.  But the tension he shows inside him is impressive.  I know a lot of people really hate Mel Gibson, but I enjoy this role.  However, if you're not a fan, you probably wouldn't enjoy it.
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« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2004, 09:34:00 PM »
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I hadn't seen this movie in a long time until tonight. I think it's really brilliant. It's not up there with Moulin Rouge, but it's still a terrific movie. The cinematography and costumes are beautiful as they always are with Baz Luhrmann movies. I also love the way he uses the music, particularly the choice of using Radiohead on the end credits. What a coincidence that he used a song with the title, Exit Music (For A Film). But it's definetly a cookie-cutter movie in the sense that some will hate it and others will love it.
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« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2004, 09:44:43 PM »
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oddly enough I watched this tonight, I actually own it on dvd.   I want to point out that I really hate Baz.

Moulin Rouge is probably my most hated film, I tried many times liking it and I just cannot do it.  There are a few moments of brilliance and the rest just makes me sick and annoys the shit out of me.

Romeo+Juliet, I think is the opposite of Moulin Rouge.  There are moments that annoy the shit out of me (any non Romeo/Juliet scene) and there are other parts that I really dig (the romeo/juliet scenes).  I think both Claire & Leo pulled it off and when Baz has the fuckin' patience to let a shot linger for over 2 seconds, beauty can be achived.  Anytime the secondary characters are in the film and the flashy editing, speed up, overacted style kicks in...i hate him.  I watched the film in High School and really liked it, I bought it last year on DVD and viewings since have shown that I merely like aspects or moments of the film.
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« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2004, 09:56:19 PM »
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But it's definetly a cookie-cutter movie in the sense that some will hate it and others will love it.


I don't understand what you mean by this statement. Baz's version is far from being a 'cookie-cutter movie'. In fact, his style and that he kept the Shakespearian dialogue, but set it in modern day is what sets this film apart from it being a recycled retelling.
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« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2004, 09:58:51 PM »
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There are moments that annoy the shit out of me (any non Romeo/Juliet scene) and there are other parts that I really dig (the romeo/juliet scenes).  I think both Claire & Leo pulled it off and when Baz has the fuckin' patience to let a shot linger for over 2 seconds, beauty can be achived.  Anytime the secondary characters are in the film and the flashy editing, speed up, overacted style kicks in...i hate him.

It's actually the exact opposite with me. I think the emotion in the Romeo & Juliet scenes fails pretty miserably. I love the movie for its flashy scenes and its ingenuity... and, I guess, its gimmicks.

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« Reply #29 on: January 24, 2004, 10:00:22 PM »
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There are moments that annoy the shit out of me (any non Romeo/Juliet scene) and there are other parts that I really dig (the romeo/juliet scenes).  I think both Claire & Leo pulled it off and when Baz has the fuckin' patience to let a shot linger for over 2 seconds, beauty can be achived.  Anytime the secondary characters are in the film and the flashy editing, speed up, overacted style kicks in...i hate him.

It's actually the exact opposite with me. I think the emotion in the Romeo & Juliet scenes fails pretty miserably. I love the movie for its flashy scenes and its ingenuity... and, I guess, its gimmicks.

People always talk about style over substance, but what if you're looking for the wrong kind of substance?


well, that is where we differ :wink:
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