Monday, September 23

Director Baz Luhrmann is known for his abundant amount of imagery, song and dance in his storytelling which distinguishes him from other directors.

Love or Hate: Is Baz Luhrmann’s theatricality alluring or tasteless?

The “Red Curtain Trilogy” is often used to refer to Baz Luhrmann’s first three features: “Strictly Ballroom,” “Romeo + Juliet,” and “Moulin Rouge!” None of the three films are linked, but are often grouped together for their stylistic similarities. Mix together an abundant amount of imagery, work the production value to new heights, take a few drugs to counter the fatigue and bring it all home with a bit of song and dance – you’ll have a Luhrmann piece in no time. Read more...

Photo: Director Baz Luhrmann is known for his abundant amount of imagery, song and dance in his storytelling which distinguishes him from other directors.

Director Baz Luhrmann is known for his abundant amount of imagery, song and dance in his storytelling which distinguishes him from other directors.

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Album Review: ‘Monomania’ by Deerhunter

Deerhunter is doomed to pop music. It tried to escape. Every album, its effects acted as a defense mechanism: gauze for “Cryptograms,” glimmer for “Microcastle,” falsetto for “Halycon Digest.” But there’s no escaping the great escapism. Read more...

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Movie Review: ‘Something in the Air’

France, around 1971: bohemian kickback, heroin flowing, bonfires blazing; nude or half-nude, the Marxists-maybe-Maoists dance, music booming, politics looming. Embers flicker in the air, romance, youth and ennui and smoke, tasseled together inseparable, floating ethereal into nevermore. Read more...

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Disney Princesses and James Franco go wild in Harmony Korine’s new neon-colored celebration and critique of young American hedonism  with “Spring Breakers.”

Movie Review: ‘Spring Breakers’

Spring break is a spiritual thing, mostly. Or at least it is in “Spring Breakers,” Harmony Korine’s latest art film wrapped in provocation. Gathering up the opposite of a ragtag crew with erstwhile Disney innocents Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson, his wife Rachel Korine and a freshly cornrowed James Franco, the director’s latest promises shallow fun, at least (appropriately) on the surface. Read more...

Photo: Disney Princesses and James Franco go wild in Harmony Korine’s new neon-colored celebration and critique of young American hedonism with “Spring Breakers.”

Disney Princesses and James Franco go wild in Harmony Korine’s new neon-colored celebration and critique of young American hedonism  with “Spring Breakers.”


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Movie review: ‘The ABCs of Death’

“The ABCs of Death” is a bad movie – and some may find that endearing. An ambitious anthology that culls 26 short films from 26 international directors, “The ABCs of Death” is exactly what its title implies: juvenility posed against morbidity. Read more...

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