Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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.
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…
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…
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…
There are some films that are just meant to be made by certain directors, as the hands of fate ensure that everything falls into its right place. When you think of a person who can emote the passion, experience and imagination that goes into a great cinema then Martin Scorsese is one of the first names to roll off the tongue.
Hugo is not only inspired by the true story of one of the great directors largely forgotten by the general public, it also serves as a reflection of Scorsese himself. Not exactly a telling of his own story but in a broader sense his wide-eyed enthusiasm exists in the young boy, a magical tale of how the fires of…
Scorsese made a kids film, and I don't know why, but I think that's funny.
From going out of gangster films into a family-friendly film is so interesting to me. Anyway, like "Malificent," I enjoy the costumes and the sets more than the actual movie. Don't get me wrong, I like the actual movie itself. It's colorful and pretty and the characters are developed enough.
Actually... That's the thing, despite the colorful side-characters and the interesting sets and costumes, Hugo himself isn't that interesting. He's just you're average kid. Not a bad or annoying kid, but he's just there. I can't really blame Scorsese for this, as the original book had this in it. The original book had a few…
Watching Martin Scorsese’s Hugo for the first time in 2011, it was as if my love for Scorsese had come full circle. I first fell in love with him – in obsession with him, really – when I was eleven years old, when I watched VHS copies of Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) and Taxi Driver (1976) almost back-to-back. On a visceral and emotional level, I had never seen anything like these pictures. These first encounters with Scorsese occurred only a few months after the death of my father, and in a way, the events are forever linked in my mind. My eyes were opened to a different kind of world – a place where pain, obsession and guilt were…
I would absolutely adore this film if all scenes with the boy were cut out and if the film was entirely about Georges Méliès' career. That would become an instant classic.
With a focus on the early history of film, but presented through a fictional lens, Scorsese pays homage to Georges Melies.
Si alguien pone magia en esta película es Mèlies, y no Marty.
My incredibly literal take:
Cinema/Tragedy can trap us in the past, rendering us unable to truly move forward. But eventually it can also be healing and reaffirming argues Scorcese, as he paints the glossy digital canvas with his signature movement and finesse, stylishly bringing his often-expressed love of the old into modern cinema and thus, effectively intertwining text and subtext and almost completely avoiding the trappings such nostalgic cinema can hold.
Would work as a double feature with Zemeckis' The Walk.
It's weird that the film is such a tribute to film and the birth of cinema/silent cinema while being a spectacle of digital and 3d cinematography.
It's a strange departure for Scorsese but I really loved it. Moretz and Butterfield have wonderful chemistry and it's a shame Kingsley wasn't recognized more for his great turn as Georges Melles. I almost wouldn't have minded a straight Melles biopic! Sacha Baron Cohen also has some fun too in his role. An enchanting film for adults and kids that inspires an infectious love of silent cinema.
I don't own many films in 3D, but Hugo is one of the few films that genuinely benefits from being seen in 3D. Its a lovely story about many things, but mainly the history of film, and its lovely shot and looks beautiful in 3D. Not what you'd typically expect from Scorcese, but well worth the watch.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!