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  • The Great Gatsby 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 10 May, 2013

    Great style - good movie. Baz Luhrmann perfectly captures the incredible kineticism and excitement of last century's 20's with his hyper-edited cinematic perspective.

    Music supervised by Jay-Z was wonderful (including all the anachronistic songs - loved that), except for a little overuse of one song in the middle section of the film.

    Don't recall the novel well enough now to opine on the translation, but didn't seem to veer too much.

    Luhrmann focuses on the interpersonal aspect of the story…

  • Beginners 2010

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2011

    Incredibly moving and very personal film about the fear that holds people back, and the courage needed to fully live one's life. Almost certainly holds a place on my best of 2011 list. Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor at this year's Oscars.