All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
One of the most legendary directors of our time takes you on an extraordinary adventure.
Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets with a shopkeeper, George Melies, who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.
I thought it would be fitting to watch as my hundredth film this month (Thanks again for the heads up, Dave Vis!) a film about one of the heroes of cinema, a film allegedly about the beauty of imagination and this medium I so love.
Scorcese's film looks absolutely stunning. It is perhaps the most beautiful film I've seen all year. From the opening shot onwards, you know you're in for a visual treat. The way Scorcese moves and twirls the camera through this Parisian train station is breathtaking and an absolute delight. There are a couple of these wonderfully flowing action sequences that made me wish I had seen it on the…
Scorsese is a filmmaker whose concern has always been to explicitly demonstrate his cinematic inspiration sources, from his frenetic and refreshing gangster films, to his disturbing thrillers, until the great documentaries he made about the influence of Italian cinema in his particular nostalgic vision. Hugo reiterates this phacet of his, creating an absorbing environment with fantastical elements that surpass reality even if it is not a fantasy film, in the same way that cinema made our dreams come true as well.
Even if it falls amidst an average realm of quality regarding his directing capabilities contrasted with his more challenging and innovative body of work (especially in the 70s and 80s), Hugo does not fail to impress at certain segments…
Several years ago I read Brian Selznick’s novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and whilst won over by the world created I was left bitterly disappointed by the story. Not long after, Martin Scorsese showed an interest in adapting the book for the silver screen and I was actually quite hopeful as film was the natural medium for a story about the magic of cinema. Yet, despite my optimism all of the novel’s failings are present in the adaptation and it ends up being just as frustrating and disappointing as it was back in 2007.
The production design is sensational, capturing a romanticised Parisian train station in all of its bustling glory. The cinematography is equally impressive and it isn’t…
Let me start by saying that this film is not perfect. 3D is still not flawless. The frame-rates at which they make these films is far too low, and it shows whenever there is motion.
The acting here is also not perfect. Sure Sacha Baron Cohen is great, but Chloe Moretz does come across as if she is trying slightly too hard. But honestly, it doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter at all.
Its actually quite hard to believe that the man behind the camera is the man who brought us Taxi Driver and Goodfellas. There's no grittiness, and darkness here. Instead Martin Scorsese is showing us his deep love of film. Explaining to us, why he went into the film…
December Challenge Film #35
This morning, I woke up and something smelled...off. "Oh, the cat took a shit." I figured, so I went in to check. Nope, clean litter box. The plot thickens. After some wandering, I went down in the basement only to discover that sewage had backed up all over, the source of my dismay. My day literally started off shitty.
Random that I would tell that story at the start of a film review of Hugo, but the lingering odor as I awaited the arrival of the Plumber played a direct role in inspiring my choice of film. I didn't want something pessimistic and dour and cold. I needed something magical.
When Hugo was first released on…
It wins five Oscars amongst the side categories whilst being nominated for six more. It holds a strong metacritic score of 83. On top of those figures it is directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. And yet I am not impressed. ‘Hugo’ is thought to be a ride to magic land, but even by trying to view it from a child’s perspective I fail to be enchanted. Here I see no magical aura, no I see a set that is supposed to feel dreamlike only to be force fed through the viewer’s throat, like a bad Christmas movie. Besides this lacking engagement I didn’t even think the plot was in any way worthy of a place within Scorsese’s oeuvre;…
Another movie where the excellent setup made the 2nd half endurable. I loved Hugo right away. You knew he was thieving just to make it, not to ruin the old man's life. I enjoyed how he kept the clocks running on time and out of the station master's way so he could keep a roof over his head. I thought it unbearably cruel when the shopkeeper took his notebook away and threatened to burn it. I did appreciate Hugo following him home and lingering until he got assurances it would not be burned. I was appalled when he was given a handful of ash the next day but luckily I was right and it was a deception. I realized the…
Loved this movie!
It was pretty but the adults were so rude to the children and that took me out of the story. Literally all I could think at some points was "wtf is wrong w these adults"
Hugo is one of my favorite book-to-screen adaptations.
As a kid, The Invention of Hugo Cabret was one of my all time favorite books. I read it so many times completely captivated by the story and pictures that Brian Selznick created. Years later, Martin Scorsese made a perfect adaptation that captured all the heart and soul of the book.
Hugo is about a recently orphaned boy named Hugo who lives in the walls of the train station, taking care of all the clocks. Before he died, Hugo's father was working on this "automaton", that Hugo thinks may hold a message from his deceased father.
Hugo starts out stealing toys from a shop in the station to get parts to fix…
Hugo Spoiler Free Review
Hugo is a very unique and fun movie, and is a very enjoyable time. The movie can get too whimsical ( I don’t know if that's the word ) at times. The best part of this movie is the directing, the direction was such fun to watch because Scorsese is a master. Scorsese also did a very good job on the dialogue as well, it didn’t feel too sappy (It did at some points) but it felt very smart and precise
The acting was good, I thought Asa did a very decent job for I believe his first acting role. Chloe Grace Moretz was very good and charming as always. Ben Kingsley in his semi supporting…
Despite being a kids movie with accents I despise, this is one of the best films I have seen in the last few months. I wish I could go back in time and watch it again for the first time.
It's a good film but could be better. I think it was great animation and it is one of my recommendations. a great watch.
It was nice, sad, funny, excitment, ect. It was about an artist who created film that people enjoy.
Too tired to be much more eloquent than that.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…