Did I miss this?

Posted by · 4:49 pm · October 31st, 2009

A Baz Luhrmann travel commercial for Australia called “Come Walkabout” starring Brandon Walters.  The spots aired last year but I never saw one until I did on a plane this afternoon.  My first reaction (when I realized it was  a commercial), was that it was a shame to see the single best part of Luhrmann’s […]

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11/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:34 am · November 26th, 2008

• Jeff Wells is beside himself because Oscar prognosticators understand “Che” has a snowball’s chance in hell at a best Picture nomination. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Noah Forrest podcasts “Changeling” screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski. [Movie City News] • Anne Thompson gets the “Australia” goods from Hugh Jackman. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Tom O’Neil, meanwhile, wonders if […]

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REVIEW: “Australia” (**1/2)

Posted by · 10:22 pm · November 19th, 2008

God bless Baz Luhrmann.  There are few directorial talents with the energetic potential he brings to his projects.  Danny Boyle comes to mind.  On good days, Fernando Meirelles does as well.  But one thing each of these filmmakers capitalizes on through their complicated sense of visual storytelling is the power of intimacy in the scripts […]

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Brown-eyed talent

Posted by · 6:06 pm · November 19th, 2008

Thirteen year-old BRANDON WALTERS (Nullah) was discovered by director Baz Luhrmann through a nationwide casting search for a young Aboriginal boy to play the crucial supporting role. After Walters participated in a series of workshops with the director at Fox Studios Australia, Luhrmann traveled to the aspiring young actor’s hometown of Broome, in Western Australia. […]

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The trouble with Oz

Posted by · 12:31 pm · November 19th, 2008

I’ll get into why “Australia” is a problematic film that gets lost in its own ambitions when I review the film in a short while. For now I’ll speak on the positive. We’ve been hearing for some time that young aborigine actor Brandon Walters will turn some heads in the film, and truly, a star […]

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It’s not just Oprah

Posted by · 7:40 am · November 19th, 2008

Looking across the early reviews, I think it’s fair to say that “Australia” has cleared the first hurdle. They’re mixed, for sure — hardly new territory for Baz Luhrmann — but there’s a lot of admiration out there, even within the kvetching. There were a number of voices out there anticipating an outright disaster, but […]

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