Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet represented a step forward in story-telling from Strictly Ballroom, with the power of the story stronger than the stylistic idiosyncracies that I think overwhelm the characters and narratives of his later movies. The support actors are all superb. Especially Pete Postlethwaite and Miriam Margolyes. And Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes …

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Guys And Dolls is an interesting musical. The third and fourth leads, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine are much stronger singers than first and second leads, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons; yet Brando and Simmons are better actors which lends the whole piece more gravity than might be expected from such an unlikely story. All …

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The IMDb summary for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom is “A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.” Thanks to Christine we think it should be changed to “Footloose meets Kath and Kim.” And there should be some sort of warning that Paul Mercurio …

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James Garner’s Support Your Local Sheriff is a very amusing comedy western in which a group of actors who could play dramatic roles in keep a straight face while sending up some familiar scenarios. Garner’s Jason McCullough gets diverted on his travels to Australia and becomes the titular sheriff of a lawless frontier town and …

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One AFL game and three NRL games to go. To win the AFL grand final Richmond need to keep a winning streak going that stretches back to the last week of June. That’s a long time in football. A very long time. GWS should be pretty fearless, but backing up after last week’s effort will …

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