What These Character Posters Tell Us About The Great Gatsby

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It must be Christmastime because there are now character posters for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby!

Because The Great Gatsby is one of those novels that every high school student in America reads, the character posters operate under the presumption that you know something about the book. So what do I know about The Great Gatsby? Basically, it’s set in New York, there are lavish parties, everyone is drunk, there is a billboard with creepy eyes that is a metaphor for a decaying society, and someone gets run over by a car. (Right? Right.)

As opposed to the many terrible character posters we saw this year, these posters have achieved something rather remarkable. They are slightly highbrow while also being wonderfully over-the-top. What else would you would expect from posters for a Baz Luhrmann movie? (Admire that trippy art-deco Mayan calendar-inspired background!) In sum, these posters are delightfully awful as opposed to tragically awful. Here’s why.

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Jack and Rose Reuniting

I think I said “fantastic” about twenty times in 15 minutes today. Whatever, I only had 3 hours of sleep. But this really is FANTASTIC.

Titanic stars DiCaprio and Winslet reuniting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) –

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, who played ill-fated lovers in the 1997 smash hit Titanic, are reuniting for a drama about postwar disillusionment, the DreamWorks movie studio said on Friday.

Revolutionary Road will be directed by Winslet’s husband, filmmaker Sam Mendes, who won an Oscar for directing 1999’s dysfunctional family drama American Beauty.

The DreamWorks project, based on the 1961 novel by Richard Yates, revolves around a suburban couple caught between their hopes for a life of art, culture and sophistication and the everyday drudgery of boring jobs and domesticity.

Revolutionary Road is considered a master work of modern American literature, and was named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Time magazine.

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Titanic is most definitely not one of my favorite movies. But I like Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio enough that I would see Revolutionary Road.

2007 Best Actor Nominees

Today’s Oscar preview is of the Best Actor nominees.

Unfortunately, I have only seen The Last King of Scotland but Half Nelson is my Netflix that is arriving tomorrow. (Who knows, maybe I will get two snow days in a row and be able to watch it!)


Leonardo DiCaprio as Danny Archer, an ex-mercenary and diamond smuggler, in Blood Diamond

This is DiCaprio’s third Oscar nomination; he has never won.

What the critics have said:

Blood Diamond works because of the performance from DiCaprio, which is stunning. Talk about rising above the material.” — Liz Braun, Jam! Movies

“DiCaprio gives a masterful performance. He’s become a man’s man with powerful on-screen presence.” — Victoria Alexander, Filmsinreview.com

“What you will remember from the film though, is the performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, in his most impressive work since he was a teenage wunderkind.” — Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Ryan Gosling as Dan Dunne, an inner-city teacher battling a drug addiction, in Half Nelson

This is Gosling’s first Oscara nomination.

What the critics have said:

“Gosling inhabits Dan with every feature of his face and particle of his body and soul.” — Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

“Gosling’s acting is the highlight here. He sets the bar for the rest of the cast, and those around him rise to the challenge.” — Krista Vitola, Premiere Magazine

“The star of the piece is definitely Gosling: so sweet, so smart, so troubled, and so much the jerk. There’s no vanity in the actor as Dan gives in to his demons.” — Pam Grady, Reel.com


Peter O’Toole as Maurice, an aging actor whose life is turned upside down when he meets a teenager, in Venus.

This is O’Toole’s eighth Oscar nomination; he has never won.

What the critics have said:

“It may be Peter O’Toole’s last truly great performance.” — Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com

What makes this film the perfect career nightcap for Peter the great is the nimbus of rakish doom he has always cultivated.”– Kyle Smith, New York Post

“O’Toole gives a staggering performance — fearless, defiantley untamed and in its own way a work of art.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


Will Smith as Chris Gardner, a single father who works Wall Street by day and is homeless by night, in The Pursuit of Happyness.

This is Smith’s second Oscar nomination; he has never won.

What the critics have said:

“What ultimately keeps Happyness on track is Will Smith’s perfectly pitched performance.” — Ethan Alter, Film Journal International

“Smith hasn’t delivered this kind of earnest, emotionally raw performance since Ali, and his Chris Gardner is every bit as complex.” — Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Will Smith has the right quality for the role — he’s an easy man to root for — but he augments this by channeling some inner quality of desperation and need.”–Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle


Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, the dictator of Uganda, in The Last King of Scotland.

This is Whitaker’s first Oscar nomination; he is the favorite to win.

What the critics have said:

“Whitaker carries the film on his broad shoulders, creating a realistic and frightening portrait of one of the world’s most elusive and notorious figures.” — Kim Voynar, Cinematical

“The movie’s real power, and true greatness, comes from Whitaker. Whether or not it’s forgotten at awards season, it’s guaranteed to be remembered for a long time to come.” — Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

“We are in awe not that the character is so wildly unstable, but that Whitaker has made such a wildly unstable character seem so natural.” — Erice D. Snider, EricDSnider.com