Category Archives: Seen on Screen

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Good Books Coming to a Cinema Near You…

It’s always risky with book adaptations but as a devoted fan of the book, I nearly always find myself nabbing a ticket and a box of popcorn to see a novel come to life. So brush up on your reading, because here is a bunch of exciting new films based on books that will be out in Australia soon!

The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C Morais

I truly loved this book, and wrote a review for it quite a while back, so I was very excited to see it is going to be released as a film in August this year. It looks really good – it has the perfect combination of crumbling town, crazy family, queen Helen Mirren and mouthwatering food.

 The Hundred Foot Journey is set for release on 8 August 2014

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The countdown is on as the ultimate YA romance/tragedy is released in cinemas this long weekend. The trailer makes it look like a pretty perfect adaptation and it’s starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Engort from Divergent. I know I will cry through this!

The Fault in Our Stars is out on 5 June 2014!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The nail biting and twisted novel of a psycho wife on the ultimate revenge trip is heading to the big screen. You can read Dior’s review of the book here. I defs recommend grabbing a copy of the book if you’re yet to do so; it’s a gripping read with many twists and seeing the film first will ruin the reading experience.

Gone Girl is set for release on 3 October 2014

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Another YA novel that will make you sob buckets, If I Stay is a heartbreaking and life-affirming read. The story revolves around 17-year-old Mia, who faces the choice between prestigeous Julliard or her adorable boyfriend and family until a tragic accident leaves her with only one real choice to make. It’s an incredibly popular novel and looks like it will make an equally heartbreaking film.

 If I Stay will be in cinemas 22 August 2014

The Giver by Lois Lowry

A utopian society hides dark secrets, giving all the pain of the world onto the shoulders of The Giver. The film has a great cast – Brendan Thwaites and Meryl Streep! Also, The Giver is an award-winning novel that kinda started the dystopian society in YA novels craze so it should be a good basis for an interesting film!

The Giver‘s release date is 15 August 2o14

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Ok, there is going to be a Mockingjay (part one) in November of this year (yay!!!) but so far there has been no trailer and no sneak peaks outside of knowing the rocking Julianne Moore will be President Coin… so a very talented fan made this fake teaser trailer and while it is fanmade, I wouldn’t be too upset if the film looked like this!

Mockingjay Part 1 will be out 20 November 2014

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

This looks like a hilarious and explosive adaptation of a great, wickedly funny novel. After the wonderful life he’s had, Allan refuses to wait around in a nursing home and die quietly, so he escapes for a great adventure. While the film was originally released at Cannes Film Festival last year, it will be coming to Australian cinemas in 2014.

So, which book adaptations are you excited to see this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Divergent – Book and Film Review

I am totally in love with the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. It’s amazing. Tris, our plucky heroine, has grown up confined in her society which splits social roles into factions – the selfless Abnegation are government, truthful Candor – law, Erudite are science and doctors, Amity are farming and Dauntless are military. It all works, society is peaceful, everyone knows their place.

Except Tris cannot be as selfless as the Abnegation demands and on her choosing day, where she is sorted into a faction, she finds she is not crystal clear – she’s Divergent. She cannot be controlled. So Tris chooses Dauntless, running, fighting and being free for the first time in her life. But the perfect society hides dark secrets and the leader of Erudite, the cool genius Jeanine Matthews, is seeking to eradicate the Divergent and impose her power over the city.

The trilogy is fast paced, explosive with action, romance and the hottest rebels ever (Tobias… I can’t even! Theon James is just amazing – he’s good looking and plays the brooding and brave Tobias to perfection and Shailene Woodley is beautiful and a spectacular actress!). So I went to see the film last night, and totally loved it! It’s 9 stars of glossy, well-filmed visuals, exceptional acting from Shailene Woodley, humour, romance and rebellion against a dystopian government. Seriously, go see this film!

DivergentI love how badass Tris is. While I love the Hunger Games, Katniss is a reluctant leader. Tris refuses to back down – in Dauntless initiation, there is the constant threat of failing to make the grade and having to live factionless (which is a cool parallel to the rigours of high school or univeristy – endless tests and fear of failing, alongside the need to fit in and belong to a social group). Tris, starts off ranking at the bottom of the class, fights day and night to make it through, and she does! I also admire Tris as she is both Dauntless, Abnegation and Erudite, she is smart, brave and selfless – she stands up for people and in the same time learns to stand up for herself – overcoming her fears to be the one girl to go against Jeanine Matthews (played by the beautiful Kate Winslet who gives a stellar, scene-stealing performance).

The series struck me as a Hunger Games meets The Matrix mashup, and I loved the humour – Tris gets a “Dodge This” moment and it is perfect! In the other 2 books of the series, Insurgent and Allegiant, ethics and genetics is called into question, as Tris and Tobias escape their ruined city of Chicago and discover that the outside world is just as warped as Jeanine Matthews.

The film is gorgeous, good fun and definitely the next Hunger Games. If you’ve seen it, tell us your review in the comments below!

The Disaster Artist

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Very recently a friend suggested that, in order to properly round out one’s film education, it was quite important to view the Worst Film In The World – a cult classic and utterly appalling, disturbing, complete train wreck of a film, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. So utterly terrible it’s actually brilliant, my friend promised. Well, let’s just say I’m still looking for the brilliance.

If you’ve heard of this film, you can chuckle at my folly for thinking this would be a good way to spend the afternoon. If you haven’t seen the film … Well, where to begin? The dialogue makes zero sense, plot holes are big enough to fit a Mack truck through, there are framed photos of spoons in the apartment, characters raise issues like terminal cancer and drug dealing, only to have these never mentioned again (often in the same scene), and the ending is just, OMG I can’t even explain how quickly that escalated. All I can say after viewing was that it will make you appreciate even the most mediocre of films. The basic plot line is that Johnny (played by Wiseau, who also produced, directed, wrote, funded, marketed, fired the crew, fired the crew again, interviewed, cast and filmed The Room), is basically a Very Nice Guy who is continually betrayed by the people in his social circle. Anything after that is a mess of contradictions and plot holes.

But, through the swamp of weirdness that is The Room, comes The Disaster Artist. The behind-the-scenes novel/memoir of Greg Sestero, who was cast as the film’s best friend character, Mark. It seriously is one of the best books I’ve read lately. Sestero, with the help of writer Tom Bissell (Magic Hours), is hilarious, and his memoir is well written and witty. It has a great double storyline – half covers Sestero’s journey of wanting to become an actor and how he ended up best friends with Wiseau; the other half explores how the film was put together. This book does answer many questions the film might raise – why was the film so badly written? (There’s still no definitive answer there yet). Why are there framed photos of spoons? (Answer, Wiseau never sourced real pictures for the frames and so left them as they had come from the store, with a backing insert of a plastic spoon). How did a film that made only $1,800 in it’s entire cinema run, cost six million dollars to make? (Apparently all film equipment – including lighting, a HD camera, a 35mm camera, an entire apartment to film in – were purchased outright by Wiseau instead of being rented like every other film maker in history has done).

The Disaster Artist is highly refreshing, a very interesting and slightly surreal memoir of working with, quite possibly, the most unreal real person ever and making the most bizarre film in the world. Even if you haven’t/never intend to see The Room, this book is still hilarious and has many laugh out loud lines and absurd scenarios that leave you thinking, surely that can’t have really happened! This would be a great read for anyone interested in film memoirs, The Room, or just in need of a good laugh!

(Although, I am putting a big Caveat Emptor on sitting down to watch The Room. You will never, I mean never, get those two hours of your life back! Read this book instead.)

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

I adore the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and the Catching Fire film is, in my humble opinion, pretty perfect. Catching Fire was my favourite book of the trilogy and so I was thrilled to see it faithfully transferred to the big screen. I did, admittedly, go to the midnight release and it was a fantastic time!

It’s always risky when adapting your favourite book to a film, and so for the most part, CF has almost everything in the book. (Almost).

In the second book of the Hunger Games Trilogy, dual victors Katniss and Peeta set off on their victory tour of the Panem districts. This time, they are under threat as their stunt in threatening to eat poison berries in the Hunger Games has sparked a rebellion; the districts are rising up against the Capitol and President Snow has laid all the blame on Katniss. She struggles to convince the districts and Snow that their stunt was not rebellion, but rather her desperate love for Peeta, forcing them to continue in their charade affair despite her confused feelings for Gale (love triangle alert!). Just when they think they are safe, the 75th Hunger Games and 3rd Quarter Quell reaps the existing victors and throws Katniss and Peeta back into the Games. Together they work through dangerous alliances and deadly threats in the Games, always trying to remember who the real enemy is for the final showdown between victors and gamemakers.

In terms of looking good onscreen, this film is sleek and fast paced. The first section of the Victory Tour is great – we get to see the districts, witness Katniss’ PTSD and see more of the Capitol and the dynamics between the districts than we did in the first film. The political tension begins to rise steadily. The second half, set in the Arena, is awesome. There is non-stop action and drama, strategising and the love between Katniss and Peeta seems real and heart-breaking. Jennifer and Josh are incredible.

The director Francis Lawrence is pretty amazing. His film is crisp and well shot, characters are given great gravity and presence. I really appreciated the attention to detail shown in Effie Trinket’s character development, moving away from the vapid escort of the first film, to a person who sees the revolting nature of her society and can believably become a rebel in Mockingjay. The novels were deeply symbolic to dystopian media, political propoganda and parallels to ancient Rome, which sadly wasn’t explained at all in the first film. But Francis Lawrence carries on from Gary Ross’ adaptation really well, and  the propoganda theme is carried well through the film. It was a pivitol concept in the book, Katniss’ role as a symbol of the rebellion being corrupted by the Capitol (anti-rebellion) and utilised by the rebels in District 13 (through her terrible TV spots they tried to film in Mockingjay). In the film, Katniss and Peeta’s victory tour is the platform to show the Capitol’s corruption of Katniss, by having her read Panem propaganda to the Districts and spin a fantasy wedding to try and restore peace. Plutarch Heavensbee, portrayed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, is as slimy and dishonest as I’d imagined him when reading the book, pulling the strings to warp the image Katniss is meant to present to the masses.

And speaking of Lawrences, Jennifer Lawrence is incredible. She is truly talented and portrays Katniss to perfection. From vulnerability to determination to eradicate the Capitol, she shows every emotion and gives Katniss depth. Everyone in the film gives it their all, and Donald Sutherland is spine chilling as President Snow. In a similar vein to the first film, with sequences showing Seneca Crane and Snow strategising over the games in the rose garden, this film introduces Snow’s granddaughter, showing that not even his family is immune to the effects Katniss has and the power of the victors.

I totally loved the film and highly recommend seeing it! It has everything needed in a great action flick, and is a faithful and inspiring adaptation of one of the best young adult trilogies out there.

 

 

 

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2013 TV Round-up

It’s the end of another year and while some may be wondering where all the time went, I am currently musing on how much of it I spent on my favourite TV shows. So I present a round up of some 2013’s best and worst shows…

Breaking Bad, Season 5 – In my opinion, the best show of the year! The finale was jaw-dropping, Walter White’s bloodthirsty rise from humble high school chem teacher to cartel ring leader and mobster is so gripping. Get this on DVD, you will not be able to wait a week between episodes to find out what happens! I loved Season 5, the show ties up well and all the characters are amazing! However, at the start of season 1 I felt sorry for Walt, being dragged into dodgy deals and never quite making the money he set out to; but by Season 5 I’d lost most of my sympathy, he really is bad! The series has had worldwide success, and not just for it’s great plot line . Check out Breaking Bad and Philosophy, a collection of thought-provoking essays on the philosophy, ethics and choices presented in the show.

Offspring, Season 4 – The fourth season brought back Australia’s favourite dysfunctional family to face new drama, comedy and a surprise ending. I personally don’t have much to say about Offspring as it was not one of my main TV shows, but Asher Keddie is pretty awesome in it!

Ja’mie: Private School Girl, season 1 – Oh wow, the pain and glory! I am on the fence with Chris Lilley’s latest creation. Sure, there are some funny lines and there’s a biting social commentary in there. You can bet that you will be checking your speech to edit ‘OMG’, ‘I’m so random’ and ‘quiche’ out of your vocab for good. On the other side it is appalling, crass and Ja’mie gets on my nerves like nothing else.

The Carrie Diaries, season 2 – Before she was writing Sex and The City for the New York Star, Carrie Bradshaw was writing her high school exam papers and working out what love is for the first time. Set in the mid eighties and based on a series of prequels, The Carrie Diaries and Summer and The City by Candace Bushnell, this is the Sex and the City girls before they grew up. It’s pretty cute and quirky, but definitely for the teen market.

Game of Thrones Season 3 – An absolute phenomenon! GoT has amazing acting, plot, costuming and kick-ass characters. To complement your DVD collection, the Co-op has a great range of GoT merch both in-store and online, from books to coffee cups to boardgames. Check it out here.

Miss Fisher Season 2 – Overall MFMM’s is fantastic – the costumes alone make it worth watching, not to mention 1920s Melbourne and a good looking cast! Season 2 has branched out from the books and into the world of original mysteries. 90% of the season is awesome, Essie Davis proves she litteraly can do anything (shoot a gun, fly a plane, sing and dance burlesque) and the romance between Jack and Phryne will keep you cliff hanging wondering if they will ever get their act together. Keep an eye out for the Christmas Special that should be out in a few weeks, and in the meantime, peruse the witty and well written Kerry Greenwood novels that form the base of the series.

Girls, Season 2 – Lena Dunham is a genius. Her characters can be highly unlikeable and intensely relatable at the same time. This season Hannah still hasn’t got her act together, but we are holding out hope with the much anticipated season 3! Lena Dunham is truly talented and I love how her characters are hitting every snag and foible of this modern world in a way that is painful and funny.

Kardashian ANYTHING – On my refuse to watch list. I just can’t believe that terribly alliterative Klan are still on the air…

Sherlock, season 2 – Arthur Conan Doyle gets a glossy, 21st Century remake. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are awesome as Holmes and Watson, solving modern sherlockreinterpretations of classic mysteries. Season 2 left us with the most heartbreaking cliffhanger and a whole year and a half to miss the show, but it will return in January 2014, hooray! To celebrate, the books and short story collections were re-released in film tie-in editions including the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four and The Hounds of the Baskervilles.

Once Upon a Time, Season 2-Season 3 – Oh Once, you were so good in the first season but what happened?? Somewhere along the way this show just lost the secret ingredient that made it magic. If you haven’t heard of Once, it sees every Disney fairytale character you know and love trapped by a curse that imprisons them in Storybrooke, Maine to await the return of Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) to break the curse. Season 1 rocked, but somehow the only good thing left in season 3 is Lana Parrilla’s razor sharp one liners. Too many soap flakes in this soap opera, I’m afraid. However if you’re a fan of Grimm fairytales and like Once more than I do, check out the TV tie in edition of these classic Grimm Fairytales!

orphanOrphan Black, Season 1 – A debut show on BBC America that was just jaw dropping! Tattiana Maslany is, in my humble opinion, the greatest actress on Earth. I’ll say: one woman, seven characters, and leave you to work out the answer to that riddle when you watch Orphan Black. The basic premise is, Sarah Manning, a con woman, drug dealer and orhpan, steals the identity of a woman who looks identical to her. She thinks she can get away with the money, but instead finds herself dragged into a government conspiracy that threatens her and the people she loves. With action, Sci-Fi, the best soundtrack and jaw-dropping plot twists, this one is one of 2013’s best!

30 Rock, Season 6 – Tina Fey, one of the funniest and most awesome women in entertainment has kept us crying with laughter for 6 seasons of the hilarious NBC comedy about a disfunctional team of script writers, drama queen actresses and overly-involved TV executives. I was quite sad to see this show go, it was such a good laugh. Tina Fey’s autobiography, Bossypants, has many hilarious anecdotes about the creation of 30 Rock.

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Miss Fisher returns for a second season

ABC’s brilliant TV series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries returns on Friday, September 6th for her second season!

Based on a series of crime novels by Australian author Kerry Greenwood, Phryne Fisher (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) is a thoroughly modern girl. With fabulous fashion, a pearl handled gun and a taste for mystery, Phryne sets 1920’s Melbourne ablaze, solving crime with the help of her companion/maid, Dorothy Williams, and her police officer friends DI Jack Robinson and Constable Collins.

miss fisher 2The first season saw Phryne returning to Australia ten years after the Great War, intent on solving the mystery of her younger sister’s murder when they were young girls. Entangled in murder mysteries, Phryne finds herself a new profession as a Lady Detective, taking on impressive cases for the high flyers of jazz age Melbourne.

I have high hopes for season two – they promise more mysteries and more glamour!! Two of the novels that will feature in the series are Dead Man’s Chest, where a quiet holiday on the coast becomes a sinister treasure hunt for Phryne and co; and the latest novel, Unnatural Habits, where Phryne must find three missing girls who disappeared in sinister circumstances! Both are brilliant reads with surprising twists.

From the first season I’d have to say my favourite episodes (which really were all of them!) count Murder on the Ballarat Train, Ruddy Gore, and Murder in Monteparnasse in the top three.

The novels, which have been re-released in glossy TV tie in editions are available online and in-store, with many more mysteries and intrigues to be coming. Overall, Miss Fisher is good fun – the costumes are stunning, Essie Davis shines as witty, glamorous Miss Fisher and Nathan Page smoulders as put upon Detective Inspector Robinson.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The international best-selling series ‘The Mortal Instruments‘ by Cassandra Clare has followed in the steps of that other little bestseller Twilight and has been turned into a film. The first in the series ‘City of Bones‘ is released this week reveals the world of the Shadowhunters, a dedicated team of peeps who protect and attempt to rid the world of demons.

To celebrate the series and the launch of the movie we’ve got a prize pack of books 1-5 – City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls – to give-away

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with two runners up receiving the film-tie-in cover edition of City of Bones

To be in the running all you need to do is in 25 words or less tell us the name of a demon and what it’s power is – the most creative answer will win.

To get you in the mood here’s the trailer for City of Bones the movie:

Competition closes 15th September. Only the winner will be contacted.

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Monsters University

It all starts at Monsters University

MONSTERS UNIVERSITYI’m really excited about the latest Disney Pixar film, Monsters University!  I’ve always been a bit reserved on the sequels/prequels idea, especially when the original film was already excellent and considered ‘complete’. But Monsters University is something else… and while it explains how Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully ( John Goodman) become a great team, it takes an unexpected twist in the customary ‘Disney moral message’: following your dreams may not always make them come true. Coming at a time when the 11-year-olds who first saw Monsters Inc. (2001) are now at university age, this is a refreshing change to the usual Disney theme; one that is crafted beautifully in Pixar’s capable hands. Monsters University is hilarious, tear jerking and heart warming.

Monsters UniversityMike Wazowski has big dreams to become the greatest scarer ever, so he studies like crazy to be accepted into the prestigious Scare Program at MU. While he is top of his class in theoretical knowledge, he is nothing compared to Jimmy Sullivan, who wings his way through on raw talent from his lineage of top scarers. These two may be inseparable in Monsters Inc, however they are rivals in Monsters University! When an argument between Mike and Sully has dire consequences and they find themselves kicked off the Scare Program, Mike and Sully team up to compete in the Scare Games, with Mike desperate to prove  he is the scariest monster ever, and Sully wanting to get back into the Scare Program.

In order to compete, they join the lamest fraternity on campus, Oozma Kappa, and have to whip the misfits into scare material. To Mike and Sully’s surprise, they become a great team and start to understand that there is no one type of scary monster, understanding what makes you different is what counts.

You see, the problem is that Mike just isn’t scary. He is determined and fearless, but he is not cut out for being a scarer. I thought the message that Disney created here was amazing: what you want might not always be best, but you will always have a talent or skill that makes you incredible. For Mike, he may not be scary, but as we already know from the end of Monsters Inc., he is funny and eventually finds a place for himself on the ‘Laugh Floor’.

As the CGI technology continues to advance, the film is visually stunning and works really well in 3D. Keep an eye out for the cute hints at Monsters Inc. canon scattered throughout – like Randall’s Winds of Change poster, Roz and (my personal favourite) a young Henry Waternoose!!

I give this film 10/10 and highly recommend you see it – it’s perfect for the adult and child within.

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10 OMG they didn’t just do that to that character moments

Even knowing what was going to happen didn’t prepare me. They did it so well.

I’m talking about the killing off of characters.

The people you’ve developed a bond with and then BAM! They’re gone. Ripped from the screen and leaving an emotional gap in your TV viewing.

So, I’ve put together my 10 “OMG they didn’t just do that to that character” moments. The recent screening of the last episode of Game of Thrones season 3 (adapted from the George R.R. Martin books) was the trigger point for this post (yes, bad pun given the subject); it’s just taken a while to put it together as the emotions were still raw…

WARNING there could be spoilers here for you, so be prepared!

  1. Ned Stark in season 1. It started with a leg wound and broke my heart.
  2. Catelyn and Robb in Season 3 of Game of Thrones – the Starks have been pretty central to the books/show and are by far the most honourable family in Westeros.  Plus, watching Catelyn’s face as Robb died and seeing her waste Walder Frey’s wife was heartbreaking/such a powerful moment.
  3. Joyce in Season 5 of Buffy- I think Joyce was the first character in Buffy to die from natural causes and everyone thought she’d fully recovered from her brain tumour and it was completely left of field.
  4. Buffy at the end of season 5- No one expects the main hero to die and the fact she died to save her little sisters life made it that much sadder.
  5. Prue in Charmed – First Piper was killed by a crazed woman so Phoebe made a deal to reverse time so they could fight Shax again. This time Prue died for good and the power of 3 was broken.
  6. Fred in Angel – After finally hearing from Wesley that he was in love with her, she died. It was sad seeing Wesley’s pain as Fred come back to life as Illyria taking Fred’s form
  7. Noah in Home and Away – He was shot trying to stop Sarah from killing Danni after Sarah kept a dozen of the Bay’s residents captive. He appeared as a ghost to Hayley for a few episodes as she tried to deal with his death.
  8. Maude Flanders in The Simpsons – poor Ned. It was a hilarious way to die but it was definitely unexpected.
  9. Seymour in Futurama – if you watch the episode, this death is so sad and really resonates with the viewer. The dog waited for Fry after he was put in a cryogenic chamber for years hoping he would come back and he never did.
  10. Maggie Doyle in Blue Heelers- She was killed by her brother Mick as her fiancé P.J watched, too late to save her. P.J was framed for her death and didn’t clear his name for a number of episodes before the truth was finally revealed.

So there’s my 10 – do you have an “OMG!” moment not in my 10? Let me know in the comments below!

Guest Blogger: Brendan insert Academic Liaison Officer for ECU and Co-op Member Since 2013.

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Ain’t no party like a Gatsby-themed party

Once in a while, a truly awesome story breaks into the collective consciousness of popular culture, dusts off its sports coat and doffs its boater. I think that’s something worth celebrating. So bring on a good Gatsby-themed party!

These festive re-creations of West Egg seem to be going down everywhere from dress-up film screenings to birthday parties, perhaps even the odd wake. When the invitation went out to attend a Gatsby-party on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, I had to go along and see what the fuss was about.Once properly suited-up, I wrapped up a bottle of bourbon in a towel, jumped in my big yellow car and sped down the road to house pumping out Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

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Baby champagne glasses were passed about on arrival. I’m not sure which was better, the living room over-crowded with flowers or the boater hat vanilla cake. At intervals, our host would even run to the other side of the backyard and flicker a lamp held next to some green crepe paper.

Our attempts at recreating scenes from Lurman’s film extravaganza perhaps went too far when we took the empty champagne bottles and tried to make confetti explode from them. This ended with royal mess of coloured paper and broken glassware. The room fell silent and I offered my host another drink. He answered “No… I just remembered that today’s my birthday.”

There ain’t no party like a Gatsby-themed party because when you Gatsby-themed party, the party don’t stop until half the characters are dead and we all become disillusioned with the American Dream.

If you don’t think something as sacred as Fitzgerald’s masterpiece could ever be eaten alive by the popular culture that surrounds a modern movie epic, then you likely haven’t seen this:

Similarly, if you’re still asking the eternal question, “Gatsby? What Gatsby?” You need to get yourself a copy of this eternal classic here.

Guest Blogger: Ben, Champion of Events, Local Area Marketing and Social Media and Customer Service Assistant at The Co-op UTS and Co-op Member since 2012.