Five cool and five not-so-cool things about Luhrmann's Gatsby:
1. The sweeps of 1920s New York City. Breathtaking.
2. The party in Tom's secret flat with Myrtle and her friends. A scene played out more stylishly than those of Gatsby's parties.
3. Lana Del Rey's 'Young and Beautiful'
4. Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Sleek, tall, alluring. My favourite character.
5. Gatsby's pink suit. Somehow sharp.
1. Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Haven't really liked Maguire much…
"Our marriage is only superficially superficial" says General Andre to Louise. This perfectly-judged phrase seems to say much about Madame de.... It's a tale of trifles, constructed upon cascading coincidences. A woman of high society acts like a material girl and by observing her behaviour, the audience are invited to appraise the aristocracy. Is there any substance to these sophisticates? As we await Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, themes of decadence and excess are dealt with here too.
My Top 20 most memorable (for a variety of reasons) Cloud Atlas characters:
20. Dr Henry Goose (Tom Hanks) - whiskery 19th-century quack with dubious intent and even more questionable dental hygiene (which may explain why he values other people's teeth so highly).
19. Ovid (Halle Berry) - balding, pointy-bearded, cyber-eyed back-street surgeon / locksmith. Appropriately named as Berry's transformation is one of the greatest metamorphosis moments in the whole movie.
18. Older Ursula (Susan Sarandon) - 66 years old…
Of the many genres that Quentin Tarantino has stuffed into Django Unchained, I haven't read much about how this is a 'superhero movie' - but to me this seemed the most apt.
In fact, at a running time of 165 minutes, it's the same length as The Dark Knight Rises (a title that would not look out of place on QT's eighth feature, if it's not too remiss of me to say so). And whereas Christopher Nolan was making a…