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.
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…
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…
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;…
Estetica de Jeunet y Caro a la americana, o sea con perdida de magia, un pelin lenta, me esperaba mas.
I don't know if I've seen so much blue and gold in one pace like this before.
Despite the actual look of the production it's really quite a small and intimate little movie. Everything about the plot and characters is deliberately constructed to come together and fall in place like a perfectly-timed mechanism.
It's a movie about the magic of movies, even if it seems Scorsese is leaping through the screen on more than one occasion to slap you in the face with that message.
I am disappointed I didn't get to see it in a theatre where I am sure it most definitely belongs.
A wonderfull Martin Scorsese film about...you better read the book and you will know the story and then see the wonderfull movie,evendow i didnt read the book that says to be promissing.
With a great escenography this film doesnt let you wink one single time,but only apreciate the wonderfull story,effects,charecters,and escenography wich is beautifull.
With dream land charecters this film lets you get in very well into each single full life charecter and enchantes you with feeling.
Perhaps you were thinking "Incredibly Loud, Extremely Close" could have been about an earlier war, and an earlier time...
Lonely boy, mysterious key, cranky old man. Hugo has the addition of a girl from the Anna Paquin school, and a Paris populated by British people.
Enjoy leftover footage of Jude Law from A.I. talking to a robot.
The plot seems to be that Hugo wants his notebook.
That kid gave me the full on willies.
As a Méliès send-up, this was great. As a movie, not really. Not sure we needed a full feature dedicated to Scorsese's cinephilia especially since he's committed his entire career (behind the camera and with regards to preservation) to it.
Hugo is a beautiful film it has a magical concept and a great cast.
I've waited a long time before I watched Hugo. I thought I would love this film and I wanted to give it my undivided attention. The waiting was totally worth it.
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…