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;…
I expected this to be a movie about cinema and how great it is, but this was that and so much more. There's a lot going on in this one. I think it was a bit too slow for a children's movie, and the themes don't fit together flawlessly, but it's hard not to love a movie that is constantly praising movies, literature, magic and dreaming with a unique passion. (As a huge fan of Méliès, and I thought this movie was exactly what the world needed.)
I'm guessing someone said to Martin Scorsese, bet you can't make a kids film! And he replied, "fine, I'll show you!" And thus appeared Hugo and 5 Oscar wins. Only I'm not sure he has actually made a kids film. Working at a DVD store I can say I've barely served any kids with this film, but plenty of adults. I couldn't honestly see a child sitting through this film and enjoying and understanding it properly. It's slow, the narrative is muddled, it contains too many hipster references that only cinema snobs would really get, the colours are too muted and yes it does feel more like a Tim Burton film. Altogether it is too sophisticated compared to many children's…
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a clock mechanic
This heartwarming film called ‘Hugo’ is directed by Martin Scorsese, which is one hell of a turn around from what we usually see from this man. I mainly spot him in the company of criminals and gangs walking around on blood soaked floors with an underlying tension ready to blast off at any minute. I never thought I would see a family friendly Scorsese picture, which isn’t about shooting glocks but rather fixing clocks – here the term to “take care of” is no longer related to killing, what is that about! But with that said, the atmosphere and style doesn’t take much effort to…
This movie made me want to know more about the silent film era.
It was a magical movie to wacth. I don't really know how to explain it but it was kind of creepy as well.
Saw this in the theater in 3D and spend the two hours focusing on the plot and the use of 3D tech by a master filmmaker. I liked it a lot, but didn't really see why Scorsese felt he needed to use something so elaborate and expensive.
I still don't see why he needed to make this in 3D. But this time I saw it on a six inch tablet and a marvelous thing happened. The performances, which I appreciated the first time around, came to life and the emotions of the film were let free. This wasn't nearly so moving the first time around. Was I too focused on the technical? Does a film like this need to be…
A kid, no longer had parent, living inside this big clock of train station and try to finish his latest-project of his deceased father, who's an inventor of this kind of otomaton.
It has great footages of our beloved very old movies.
It tells you how they made that ancient movies.
It had fantastic art-direction, it felt really like we're watching old movies, but for some reasons, I felt so uncomfortable with the idea to put CGI modern touch in it. So, well, remember Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events? It felt just like that.
Amazing, huh? :)
*Dame, I guess I just not very well comfortable in watching Martin Scorsese movies*
This is Scorsese's love letter to the silent film era and film history itself.
Those familiar with his extra curricular activities know he is film restoration and preserving old films from the silent era. So obviously this is his pet project.
And his love shows in this movie and makes you too fall in love with silent films.
Ben Kingsley was robbed of a Best supporting actor nomination.
A film that's really only interested in half the story it's telling, but somehow still takes an eternity to get there. There's something here for lovers of film--and specifically its history--but what's left feels undercooked. Often beautiful, occasionally touching, mostly disappointing.
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…