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Movie Breakdown: The Great Gatsby

May 8, 2013

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Baz Luhrmann is as decadent as any director has ever been, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is about decadence.  This pairing sounds meant to be.

The Reality:

There are moments in The Great Gatsby where Baz gets it all right.  The screen is full of glitz and glamor, and the characters seem to glide around as they elegantly tell grand stories and passionately express their love for one another.  It really is impressive in all of the ways you want it to be.  Unfortunately, there’s also an equal amount of things that just don’t work.  The Great Gatsby has a clunky pace that often kills any momentum its built up, and I often found myself wishing I could hit fast forward.  Also, while the world seems to be raving about the soundtrack, I thought the modern selections were more awkward than innovative.  Why not just go ahead and set the entire thing in present day?  That would have at least provided Baz some flexibility to really play and explore.  Instead, he didn’t bother being adventurous at all, and because of this The Great Gatsby largely feels flat.  If you see it, make sure you do so matinee-style.

The Lesson:

It’s never great when Baz Luhrmann plays it safe.

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Stream This

May 3, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Still Corners – Strange Pleasures
Little Boots – Nocturnes
Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
Savages – Silence Yourself
She And Him – Volume 3
Mikal Cronin – MCII
Saskatchewan – Occasion
Sun Angles – Diamond Junk
Gyspy And The Cat – The Late Blue
Valleys – Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night?
Porcelain Raft – Silent Speech EP
The Great Gatsby – Soundtrack

VIDEOS

Dana Falconberry’s Leelanau is out now on Antenna Farm Records.

The Sword put out Apocryphon last year.

Austra will put out Olympia on June 18 via Domino.

Dan Deacon’s Konono Ripoff No. 1 7″ was a RSD release.

Kurt Vile recently released Walkin On A Pretty Daze.

Team Spirit’s self titled EP is out now on Vice Records.

Hanni El Khatib just put out Head In The Dirt via Innovative Leisure.

Coliseum just released Sister Faith on Temporary Residence LTD.

Beach Day will put out Trip Trap Attack on June 18 via Kanine Records.  They’ll play the Mohawk on June 9.

Janelle Monae will put out The Electric Lady later this year.

Empire Of The Sun’s Ice On The Dune will be released June 18 via Astralwerks.

The Eastern Sea put out Plague last year.  Sofar Sounds shot this video.

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