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  1. Salty Popcorn
    November 30, 2008

    Ouch – lol.
    When looking back a lot of your comments do ring true – but I was totally taken by the love story and by Brandon Walters. I suppose when watching I was not studying the historical fact – already know most of it but was swept by the Oprah loving romance. If Gone with the Wind was remade now frame by frame or simply re-released would it also get panned? Who knows? Or would it receive rave reviews. I overheard some patrons in the cinema discussing how it had an “old film” feel of grandeur. I felt it had an old country and western feel to it. But in regards to a polarising feel (we use s instead of z in Oz) here is a link through to my totally different review. http://www.saltypopcorn.com/australia-16/
    Who knew a director could create so much difference of opinion but at least he has people talking about it.

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  2. Black Sheep
    November 30, 2008

    Funny that you should mention GONE WITH THE WIND. A film critic friend of mine, Kevin Laforest, loved this film. He mentioned in his review that it was no mistake to set the film in 1939, a year that saw GONE WITH THE WIND, THE WIZARD OF OZ and STAGECOACH hit theatres. He then goes on to say that AUSTRALIA is practically a recreation of these three films smashed into one. It gives new insight into the film and it certainly helps to read the film with a nostalgic eye.

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  3. Salty Popcorn
    November 30, 2008

    Awesome! Good o know it got one good review in the US. LOL. Reports from here are claiming it is being murdered in the US.
    I absolutely LOVED the use of The Wizard of Oz in the film and eerily Baz’s next project is going to be WICKED, the story of how the Wicked Witch of the West became Wicked. He will be recreating the muscial version though currently taking theatres world wide by storm. I hope I am not overlinking my welcome but here is the link to my story on what Baz is doing next. http://www.saltypopcorn.com/baz-to-direct-wicked/
    I have never seen Stagecoach but will check it out to see if it rings true. I did find Baz mashed together Gone with the Wind and Titanic but took it very far from icebergs. I could just see if the other ending Baz had filmed where Hugh had died was used – Nicole would be on her hands and knees “Drover, come back, Drover” LOL

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  4. Black Sheep
    November 30, 2008

    Geez, the idea of watching Kidman on her knees weeping for Jackman makes me want to puke. People are pretty much 50/50 on the movie here. And as far as WICKED goes, I’ve had the chance to see it on Broadway. Awesome show and perfect for Baz! Wait, wait … let me get on my knees for this … Baz! Come back, Baz! Come back!

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  5. Anonymous
    December 8, 2008

    I loved this movie. To me it was a masterpiece and visual delight. People forget that this is a story set in 1939, the actors are playing roles and it is not a documentary. I thank God for the cinema genius of Baz Lurhman and Gillian Martin. I can see how they have paid tribute to old classics such as Gone with Wind,The Wizard of Oz and Stagecoach. It is hammed up at the start of the movie and this is intentional. It says welcome to Australia in 1939, The land of bar room brawls, drunkardness and kangaroos. No one complained at how hammed up Crocodile Dundee was or how in Harry Potter movies wizards fly around. Remember this is a fictitious story with some elements of truth which touches on the stolen generation, the Darwin bombing, cattle rustling and the dreamtime.
    I thought that David Gulpilil (King George) was majestic in this movie and the backdrops he was set in or against were beautiful. He is like a Dreamtime Warrior watching over his “my land” “our land” with the alertness of a kangaroo and eyesight of a wedge tail eagle, carrying his spear like a shepherd of his flock (the people of this land).
    As for Nicole Kidman,she is forever a cut down tall poppy in this country. I think she played her role brilliantly and is a brilliant actress. An English aristocrat soon to be knocked down a peg or two by the harshness of the times. She was meant to be awkward and unsure when singing “somewhere over the rainbow” it was something she had only heard about and as she said in the movie she was not good with children. This proved to be wrong as she was good with Nullah and had a great compassion for the aboriginal people as I believe many a white women would have. Who of us white women would not want to take on the role of mothering an aboriginal child with their beautiful faces, radiant smiles and innocence. I don’t know the true story of the stolen generation, were they neglected children of alcoholic parents who the Australian government sought to give a better opportunity to, were they wrongly bundled in to one category and hunted like slaves, I don’t know. I do know that either way it would have been heartwrenching for their loving mothers and grandmothers and traumatic for the children. The heartwrench that Nicole portrayed at the moment of loosing Nullah would be the same as that of any aboriginal mother at the time. In saying this many a white person has come from a background fueled with alcohol and neglect.
    We as white people may have made unintentional mistakes. I am sorry for the stolen generations, I am sorry that unfortunately there are ignorant and racist people in the world but grateful that we are not all like this. I am sorry that we send innocent men off to war. I am sorry that we as a democracy have no say in what our Governments of the day choose to do at any given time. I am grateful that we now as a nation have a compassionate leader who is not afraid to say sorry and listens to the heart of the nation.
    I believe people who were moved on sorry day 2008 will love this movie and those that did not understand sorry day will just not like nor get this movie as it is beneath them to do so.
    Cheers, the bleeding heart.

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  6. Salty Popcorn
    December 8, 2008

    LOL Black Sheep – I missed your last comment. Very cool. The hatred for this film from certa people on my blog is quite scary. It is only a film afterall. People hav way too much time on their hands.

    Anonymous – I hope you do not mind but I would like to copy your entire comment to my blog to shove the hatred they have straight up their $#@es – LOL. If you do not like the idea of me doing this please let me know and I will delete it. Thanks

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