Category: Film Reviews

Reviewed: 5 Best Academic Texts

Here at Diversions we take “text” to mean anything literary worth studying: novels, film, graphic narrative, and more. Yes, texts come in a variety of forms. So here are our top five favorite works that just exude sexuality.

Freud1. The Bio-Graphic Novel Freud For Beginners by Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate.  A summary of Freud’s life and works, in Graphic Novel format. Be ready, if you read this in public and people can see the illustration- you’ll be stared at. Incredibly wonderful, but graphic, drawings surround his theories, which are broken down quite nicely so that anyone can understand them. A favorite among all types of students. Check out the other “For Beginners” series.

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Reviewed: The Great Gatsby (2013 Film)

Gatsby What a movie! Directed by Baz Luhrmann, who brought us the wonderful Moulin Rouge!

Jay Gatsby is played by the gorgeous and apt Leonardo DiCaprio and Nick Carraway by the affable enough Toby Maguire.

Luhrmann’s Gatsby is a perfect re-telling of Fitzgerald’s great American novel, but modernized with bright fast-paced editing that speaks to the contemporary moment. 2013’s version of The Great Gatsby weaves in and out of love story and cultural commentary and in the vein of not just Moulin Rouge but of the epic Titanic was absolutely captivating. The story is about everything from falling in love to trying to meet expectations put forth by American panopticons to the emptiness one finds in a hyper-consumer lifestyle. The viewer becomes privy to a a time in which people are indulging in excesses, disillusioned from past traditions and because of the war, and when people with new money (either from stocks/bonds or from bootlegging) attempting to challenge the tradition of only old money as being respectable! Woo-hoo, what a ride.

And the music- YES! Fun stuff from the likes of Beyonce, Fregie, Will.I.Am, Florence and the Machine, Goyte and more. Luhrmann’s use of the JayZ/Kanye/Frank Ocean/The-Dream’s collaboration “No Church in the Wild” a song that so beautifully speaks to the zeitgeist of our times: an incredible choice. Another favorite: a hilarious rendition of “Crazy in Love” remixed by Kid Koala, one of the most unique DJ’s out there today!! All the music, wow. Currently listening to the hauntingly beautiful “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey from the soundtrack and I’m ready to go back and see the film again!

Gatsby Party

I also saw this in 3-D, and as my first 3-D movie I was awestruck not just by the visuals themselves but how they were used to enhance the story.  The rain, the snow, the confetti at Gatsby’s parties– all lept off the screen, as did Carraway’s words as he typed. Magical. I can’t recommend this movie enough! Get out there and go see it! In 3-D!