Visually Lush

September 29, 2014

There are moments in life when things just happen. Without any plans or expectations, you find yourself caught in a feeling of pure joy and you inhale, exhale and smile. Last night was one of these moments.

The nice afternoon run was followed by pizza and a good movie on HBO. The Great Gatsby. I saw it at the cinema, but Hey, it’s starting on TV in 10 minutes! happened and there’s something about the excitement of watching a movie or a show on TV right when it airs.


If you thought it’s the trailer, it’s not, ha! I could’ve shared it, but I won’t. Ever! Trailers spoil the fun. They should be called spoilers, not trailers.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you must! It’s an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgeralds’ novel, it’s directed by Baz Luhrmann and it’s art! It’s always art with him. It’s the passion, the mood, the visual lush, the soundtrack (!!!), the costumes, the set, the cast, the chemistry, the show and, of course, the drama. The love-it-or-hate-it kinda art.

oz great gatsby 2013

In case you saw it (and, obviously, liked it), you must see Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Back in the day, when I first saw it, in 1996, it was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. It’s one of my all time favourite films. The way he brings the past into the present, the way he builds the story, the way he mixes the elements is just brilliant! The soundtrack, yet again! And the cast! Don’t watch the trailer!

I don’t know what this sounds like, but I’ll say it anyway. I’m almost jealous of you seeing it, just now, for the first time. Extremely content, though. So.

oz romeoand juliet 1996

And then there’s Moulin Rouge! The director stated that the whole stylistic premise has been to decode what the Moulin Rouge was to the audiences of 1899 and express that same thrill and excitement in a way to which contemporary movie-goers can relate. Due to the film’s heavy use of contemporary music, Luhrmann spent nearly two years to secure all the rights to the songs. That’s how much he cares about the soundtracks.

oz moulin rouge

I don’t want to say more about these movies. It has to be raw to you. But you can grab a glass of wine and listen to Baz Luhrmann’s song.