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This fool is smarter than he appears. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, A Thousand Acres follows an Iowan farmer, Larry Cook, who divides his farm between his three daughters, until the youngest, Caroline, objects and is cut out of the agreement. Dark truths come to light, in this recreation of King Lear , as the patriarch deteriorates while his daughters cope with the stark reality of life in the Midwest.

For generations, the Sawtelles have bred dogs, and Edgar is prepared to continue the family tradition. When tragedy strikes, Edgar runs away to live in the woods, until he is forced to face the decision of leaving his family forever or go back home and confront the past. After his long-awaited production of The Tempest is cancelled, Felix is exiled to the backwoods of southern Ontario, where he is haunted by his daughter, Miranda. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers".

Everyone is familiar with William Shakespeare's boy-meets-girl love story, and it has already been interpreted into films, plays, TV adaptations and songs. But Baz Luhrmann gives this world-known love story a modern-day twist, setting it in Verona Beach, and piling on the religious imagery. The result is quite spectacular. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the star-crossed lovers, and, whilst the latter is sadly a little bland, never truly convincing us in her portrayal of Juliet's loss of innocence or torment of feelings towards the foe, DiCaprio completely redeems her performance.

He is a revelation. His Romeo is a wonderful mix of sad eloquence, a loving heart and a troubled soul, and all these elements come together beautifully in a performance hotter than a pepper sprout, with more layers than the proverbial onion. He is the very embodiment of sexy in his role. There is an extremely alluring way in which his character is filmed, which only enhances Romeo as a lover. This is epitomized in the opening shot of him, where the Leo is illuminated illustriously against the sunlight, and Radiohead's languid, sexy tune "Talk Show Host" plays.

The film itself has "sexy" written all over it, and, with the Gen X teenagers as his target audience, I don't think Luhrmann would have things any other way. But, unlike with that atrocity Moulin Rouge!

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But perhaps the most ingenious stylistic technique here is the slap-in-face Shakespearean references, which range from a ball called the Merchant of Venice, to 'Such stuff as dreams are made on' from The Tempest, making the film an absolute goldmine for trivia fans. Style aside, there is more than enough substance. The set designs are intricate and beautiful, and suit every frame of the film perfectly, and the icing on the cake is the music.

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Moulin Rouge! Drama Musical Romance. She doesn't love me. Love looks like a nice thing, but it's actually very rough when you experience it. ROMEO What's sad is that love is supposed to be blind, but it can still make you do whatever it wants. So, where should we eat? What fight hap- pened here? No, don't tell me-I know all about it.

This fight has a lot to do with hatred, but it has more to do with love. Love that comes from nothing! Sad happiness! Serious fool- ishness! Beautiful things muddled together into an ugly mess! This love feel I, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh?

Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, Which thou wilt propagate, to have it pressed With more of thine. This love that thou hast shown Doth add more grief to too much of mine own. Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet. Farewell, my coz.

I will go along. And if you leave me so, you do me wrong.


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I am not here. This is not Romeo. He's some other where. Why, no.

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But sadly, tell me who. This is the love I feel, though no one loves me back. Are you laughing? My sadness sits heavy in my chest, and you want to add your own sadness to mine so there's even more. I have too much sadness already, and now you're going to make me sadder by feeling sorry for you. Here's what love is: a smoke made out oflovers' sighs. When the smoke clears, love is a fire burning in your lover's eyes. If you frustrate love, you get an ocean made out oflovers' tears.

What else is love? It's a wise form of madness. It's a sweet lozenge that you choke on. Goodbye, cousin. I'll come with you. If you leave me like this, you're doing me wrong. I'm not here. This isn't Romeo-he's somewhere else.