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Australia song - Adam Buxton of the Adam and Joe show gives musical tribute to the epically long Baz Luhrmann movie. posted by Artw (20 comments total)
posted by Artw at 9:24 AM on January 25, 2009

Happy Invasion Day!
posted by mosessis at 10:56 AM on January 25, 2009

It is worth mentioning that the 26th of January is Australia Day.
posted by furtive at 12:49 PM on January 25, 2009

Ah Australia, so misunderstood!

It's at least as good as Gone With the Wind - it's a 'Blade Runner' film = audiences and critics didn't know what they were looking at - a rich, sumptuous paean to golden age Hollywood that will be regarded as a classic in a few years time.
posted by jettloe at 12:59 PM on January 25, 2009

wanna bet, jett? are ANY of his schlock-o-rama movies regarded as classics? it's all bubble-gum pop-culture candy-crap cinema.
posted by ChickenringNYC at 1:02 PM on January 25, 2009

Jett, that's the second time you've made that comparison and assertion. As it stands, your statement calls to mind the famous quip by Carl Sagan:

They laughed at Galileo, they laughed at the Wright brothers, but they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

You see, you look at Australia and sigh "Ah, another Galileo", but the rest of us see the dreadful acting, the wince-inducing dialog and its shocking historical revisionism and think "Oh, hello Bozo". A spirited and detailed defence of why "Australia" has the shape of a monstrous stinker but actually isn't, is called for.
posted by outlier at 3:02 PM on January 25, 2009

Yes, I will bet ya ChickenringNYC, though obviously some thought will be have to be given as to how one could actually win in the world of commentary ;)

Outlier: what astonishes me is that everyone misses the fact that the film is told from the viewpoint of a child - and it works totally and utterly once this is understood - if you want a spirited and detailed 'defense' of the pic i'll point you to the podcast we did on it, (43 minutes long - but we also mention Bolt and Transporter 3):

TFT - Part 44

and initial thoughts, (on video) after leaving the theater:

Advance Review of Australia
posted by jettloe at 3:33 PM on January 25, 2009

Gone With The Wind is surpisingly (to ome at least) good.

And it has an intermission.
posted by Artw at 6:16 PM on January 25, 2009

baz luhrmann on invasion day?!?? strewth bewdy bonza cobber sheila ernie dingo! surely we can do better than that.
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:06 PM on January 25, 2009

Text from my sister: May your beer be cold, your bbq hot and your friends plentilful. May your radio be tuned to the Hottest 100 and your backyard cricket game progressing nicely. Happy Australia Day

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go get the beer out of the freezer before it turns into explody beer sorbet.
posted by kjs4 at 8:43 PM on January 25, 2009

Happy Invasion Day!

Not even deliberate timing (clearly I didn't pay enough attention to bioshock). If I'd have realised I probably would have put in a visceral rant about Clive James.

And now some Rolf Harris.
posted by Artw at 9:12 PM on January 25, 2009

Despite being a fan of various Baz Luhrman films, Australia is the only film I've walked out of in ten years. And it was a free screening.

At one point, my friend and I looked at eachother and simultaneously whispered, "Is it me? Or does this totally suck?" And suddenly my friend answered both of us and said, "IT SUCKS. BAD." A bit later, when the *surprise* stampede happened, we took the cattle's lead and headed for the door. Despite both being broke, we decided to leave a free movie and invest in alcohol and a burgers at the Silver Spoon to forget our pain.

A few of my thoughts at the time:
*The little kid's dialogue and acting gave me Jar Jar Binks flashbacks.
*Nicole Kidman's lips are out of control. The constant presence of collagen and botox made the whole "period piece" aspect a bit tough for me to swallow... same as if Hugh Jackman had been wearing a digital watch and an Obama shirt or something.
*Hugh Jackman? Put on a damn shirt. Your roidy pecs are going to pop someone's eye out.
*Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's estate should SUE. What was done to Somewhere Over the Rainbow should've been illegal.
*Wait, why were there dead cattle when they showed up at the ranch? Did I miss something?
*Oh, the dialogue and plot and everything... it was all just such a mess I can't even discuss it more. I need another drink and burger. I can't imagine over two more hours of that. It was torture!!!

Nice costumes, though.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:32 PM on January 25, 2009

miss lynnster: would this make things better?
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:40 PM on January 25, 2009

Oh, and one of my sisters will go on about how wonderful Gone With the Wind is, about how it's one of the most romantic films and love stories ever made.

Honestly, I just don't get it. As I recall, Scarlett was a godawful human being and Rhett Butler was a rapist. So, yuck.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:42 PM on January 25, 2009

UbuRoivas, you know what? Not even a hundred Connie Talbots singing in unison and holding hands could take away the pain that was Nicole Kidman. I would rather have an army of Sam Harrises marching through my living room singing it than have to remember that scene.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:50 PM on January 25, 2009

who's this Sam Harr - *argh*!!! my post-1980 fashion sensibility! it Hurts!! it HURTS!!!
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:57 PM on January 25, 2009

I dunno, I mustly dug GwtW as a drama set in WAR. And you get this woman who starts out quite naeive who is surrounded by it and ends up becoming quite hardened by it - I loved the "I'll never eat dirt again" speech (just before the intermission, which is a great idea for movies that are quite long).

it made me want to do a version set in space or something, but that's me for you.
posted by Artw at 11:29 PM on January 25, 2009

I mainly like the SOund of Music for the nazi bits, FWIW.
posted by Artw at 11:29 PM on January 25, 2009

are ANY of his schlock-o-rama movies regarded as classics?

Strictly Ballroom is definitely a classic. The others, not so much.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:46 AM on January 27, 2009

I fecking loved Moulin Rouge me.

As a special treat for Nicole Kidman fans heres Buxtons music for The Hours. I think it's intended as one of those songs that they play as the second song over the credits, with lots of ker-razy samples from the movie and a rap bit and all of that.
posted by Artw at 10:05 AM on January 27, 2009

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