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Posted: 10 February 2009 at 12:22 | IP Logged Quote dayglowjoe

It's Valentine's Day the night before, and if our Valentines Masked Ball (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=44909217687) and Submerge haven't totally written you off, then you may want to venture to the Onion for a bit of melodrama and romance by the visionary Australian director Baz Luhrmann.



STRICTLY BALLROOM
Talented dancer Scott is struggling to make it to the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix, due in part to his refusal to adhere to the dance steps approved by his team. Step forward the only club member prepared to partner him: clumsy novice Fran. Sparks fly.
Fluff it may well be, but a more entertaining and engaging piece of fluff you'd be hard pushed to find.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO + JULIET
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.
Shakespeare's name fills up the title, but this is clearly Luhrmann's vision and it's a genuinely inventive one. Yes, at the end of the day you can say that it's just a gimmick designed to sell the Bard to the masses. But a bloody good gimmick all the same.

MOULIN ROUGE
Paris, 1899, and romantic poet Christian starts hanging out at the notorious Moulin Rouge. On first glimpsing the club's star, Satine, he falls madly in love, and she returns his feelings. But with her health deteriorating and a jealous Duke set on separating them what will become of him?
A glorified (literally) arthouse musical, but a delightfully quirky, irresistably intoxicating one at that. Elaborating the self-consciously artificial 'Red Curtain' technique that he developed in his first two films, Luhrmann has created a natural successor to the hyper-kinetic Romeo + Juliet, upping the ante in just about every way and making even that seem muted in comparison.
A breathtaking baroque film that marries the best of theatre, opera and cinematic technique. Luhrmann generally keeps a grip on the chaotic proceedings and his cast throw themselves at the material with gusto - in short, a triumphant, if unconventional, rewarding experience.
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