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;…
Fun, in a kid-oriented way. Scorcese clearly loves wallowing in retro, tactile technologies and plays effectively with them. Sasha Baron Cohen is mildly entertaining in an understated way. Unfortunately, I had a bad seat for experiencing the 3-D and wasn't really blown away by it.
Pretty, and an intriguing idea, but the script is tediously clunky and FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP WITH THE TEAL AND ORANGE. It's just getting out of hand, and seems like cruel irony when it bookends a scene of Helen McCrory saying 'We tinted the film! We painted it by hand, frame by frame'. Unmotivated colour and lighting coupled with obvious continuity errors give this the veneer of a dream but without enough substance to back it up. Cohen's attempts at comedy are just dire, but there are some nice homages to early film nonetheless.
'Hugo' was a film I had little desire to watch when it was first released, but after pledging to watch more of Scorsese's back catalogue, we delved in.
The first half, was exactly what I expected from the film. It was very Dickens romanticised, with a modern day Pixar twist of sadness. This formulaic structure was ultimately what tarnished the film a little for me.
This said, the acting was of a high standard you would expect from a Scorsese picture, but Moretz stole the show with another solid performance to add to her CV. And the second half is a true homage to classic cinema. It was respectful, moving and very well portrayed.
The platitude is to repeatedly call this Scorsese's love letter to cinema and while it is widely known that he is intensely passionate to the point of pornographic love to cinema, this isn't much of a coherent letter as it is an effective one.
For a movie with a multi-character focus, this sure has a problem with lens. What seems to be a "love letter" has a scrambled body. There is a sub-plot disease that could have been done with should Scorsese have focused on the letter he was writing. It turns out as a messy, almost too impersonal piece should there have been no Melies whose fictional structure is a huge disappointment.
P.S. the dream-within-a-dream sequence is just awful.
Looks absolutely beautiful and I love the silent film storyline. The music is great and Ben Kingsley is great, as usual. My only issue with the movie is that I think it is too long. And it was the best use of 3-D I have seen yet.
With well-written and interesting characters, a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, excellent performances, gorgeous cinematography and production designs, and an incredible musical score, Hugo is a wonderful film that explores the true magic of film and why we love it, as well as one of Martin Scorsese's best films.
Martin Scorseses väldigt personliga kärleksförklaring till film är utan tvekan ögongodis för en filmälskare. Men den är mer än så. Historien om den unga, föräldralösa Hugo Cabret är fylld med hjärta, djup, passion och en gnutta magi. Karaktärerna är mestadels fascinerande och fängslande, där skådespelet ligger på hög nivå, även hos barnen.
Hugo Cabret lever bakom väggarna på en tågstation i 30-talets Paris, där han inofficiellt sköter alla klockorna, och försöker uppfylla sin faders dröm, att laga en "automaton", en maskinell man som fortfarande är trasig då fadern avlider. Delarna han behöver snor han från tågstationens leksaksaffär, och hans liv kompliceras då ägaren till affären, Georges Melies, får tag i honom. Ja, den legendariske filmpionjären och magikern, här spelad trollbindande…
Like its steampunk aesthetic, Hugo's working parts are plain to see to all, and they are beautiful.
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…