Okay, this may be where some of us disagree. I adore Baz Luhrmann. I loved Moulin Rouge!, I loved Romeo + Juliet, and I can’t wait to see The Great Gatsby. I do plan to see Australia very soon – Justin keeps telling me I should see it (because he knows I adore Baz Luhrmann), but I’m afraid I’ll just cry and cry. (Which is silly, because every time I watch Moulin Rouge! I bawl hysterically, and I still watch it over and over again.)
Anyway, I know some people really don’t go for Luhrmann films. But I love artistic, surreal, beautiful movies – I just watched I Am Love and was completely blown away. I love love love Amelie. I can’t quite figure out what this genre is, but I love it. And so I’m going to save some of my favorite images from these films. :)
So anyway, Romeo + Juliet. I love this version, chopped up and mutilated though it may be. It’s great cinema.
This is when I first fell in love with Leonardo DiCaprio:
And then of course (that hair!):
He’s so young! (smoldering stare: check.)
And of course the fact that he saunters around in suits doesn’t hurt (ahem, Edward).
Here’s when I decided I wanted fairy wings for EVERY Halloween (though I’ve only had them once, oddly):
Also, I love John Leguizamo. He reminds me a lot of my brother. And as Tybalt, Prince of Cats? Awesome.
I love the styling of Verona Beach, with a mix of Shakespearean language and grungy beach design.
I love Mercutio and his tale of Queen Mab and her hazelnut chariot.
And falling in love through a fish tank.
I love that Friar Laurence has a greenhouse and a bad-ass tattoo (sadness, Pete Postlethwaite).
Argh! Hearbreak! Despair! Gorgeous young Leo!
I love that there are shrines and candles and statuettes everywhere.
And golden books, and rings on chains, and poetry.
And of course, neon and candlelight.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go read Romeo and Juliet until I fall asleep. Good night!