The new year is upon us my dear friends and with it comes the 2013 awards season, and a whole new year in cinema. And somehow all the stupid crap I pulled last year is dead and gone now and I have a whole year to pull an entirely new set of crap. Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Oz the Great and Powerful, Man of Steel, The Wolverine, Sin City 2, jOBS, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug are among those to look forward to in 2013.
Les Misérables and Argo are Golden Globe favorites alongside Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby might give hip hip mogul Jay-Z his first Oscar, as he was recently hired to score the film. Luhrmann is known for Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet, two films in which he also used contemporary music in a period film.
Based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby takes us back to the roaring twenties, focusing on titular character Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio): a legendary charming, confident, ambitious and lavish hero of the post World War I era. Nobody is perfect as it turns out, as main character Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) starts to unravel Gatsby’s true nature. Carraway’s obsession with Gatsby is representative of humanity’s attraction to fame, glamour, and the spectacle of the Artisan: Let’s take a look
He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it….It faced—or seemed to face—the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself , and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby p. 48
Social impact is vital for Artisans, even for those who appear to shrug their shoulders and turn away from society. Artisans need to be potent, to be felt as a strong presence, and they want to affect the course of events, if only by defying, shocking, or mocking the establishment. For an Artisan, to be without impact, to make no difference in human affairs, is like being deprived of oxygen. More so than others, SP’s hunger to have a piece of the action, to make a splash, to hit the big time. — Please Understand Me II, p. 57
James Gatz a.k.a. Jay Gatsby is characterized by his ambition, charm, frivolity, and mysterious nature. A “self-made man” Gatsby was born into poverty, and from a young age decided that material wealth would dominate his aspirations. And so he changed his name to Jay Gatsby and befriended the rich and powerful. Upon being shipped off to World War 1, Gatsby earned the rank of Major, and was decorated with valour. During the war Gatsby received a letter from love interest Daisy Buchanan, and decided that wealth and stature was his only option to win her affection. Returning home to prohibition, Gatsby found a perfect opportunity to become rich and powerful. Buying an extravagant mansion on Long Island, Gatsby threw frequent and lavish parties, and quickly became the target of conversation and speculation among his peers. Bold, daring, audacious, and wrapped in mystery Gatsby knows, as all Promoters do, that speculation is a powerful agent. Indeed Gatsby has a knack for living in the eye of the beholder, letting himself be whatever his guests want him to be. Commonly referring to fabricated ancestors in regards to his wealth and pedigree, Gatsby finally became the man he had always wanted to be. Turns out however that nothing in life is free, as Gatsby’s powerful illusions begin to fade.
The Great Gatsby drops May 10, 2013.