Hugo and the Continuum

Guest essay by Michael in Florida Right after the first dreadful Hugo trailer premiered in July, I conjectured that Hugo was Martin Scorsese’s Schindler’s List, i.e., a film outside the director’s comfort zone. After seeing the film several times now, I can...
Posted On 26 Jan 2012
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Best Director 2011: When I Paint My Masterpiece

“I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some...
Posted On 28 Dec 2011

Dargis and Scott Praise War Horse, Naming it one of the Best Films of 2011

In their mostly frustrating, occasionally interesting discussion of movies Manohla Dargis disses the Artist (a “cute gimmick”) and both critics go nuts for the Spielberg film – though they can’t agree on Hugo: DARGIS  I can’t imagine, for instance,...
Posted On 18 Dec 2011

The Artist Wins Best Film, Scorsese Best Director in DC

The WAFCA (Washing DC area film critics) has announced their winners — and The Artist continues its run as winner – meanwhile, Martin Scorsese picks up Best Director.  The Artist and Hugo are kind of companion pieces, I think.  And something tells me watching Martin...
Posted On 05 Dec 2011

Hugo Surprises at the Box Office on Thanksgiving

Martin Scorsese’s wonderful Hugo was down for the count  - reports that it would get killed by Twilight and by The Muppets turned out to be false when Hugo, bolstered by rave reviews and buzz, landed high at number 3, according to the Hollywood Reporter. How this will look...
Posted On 25 Nov 2011

Hugo clocks in with major raves from top critics

4-star reviews from The New Yorker, Variety, Box Office Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter. 4 stars from Roger Ebert. No fan of 3-D, Ebert says, “Scorsese uses 3-D here as it should be used, not as a gimmick but as an enhancement of the total effect.” David Denby at The...
Posted On 21 Nov 2011

Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz in new Hugo clip

Nice line of dialogue, wisely lifted verbatim, word for word, from the book.
Posted On 20 Nov 2011

TIME's Richard Corliss on Hugo, "A Masterpiece"

Richard Corliss’ review will appear in TIME’s Hollywood preview issue.  I am transcribing it here. Martin Scorsese made  his rep as the fierce bard of American gangster machismo. From Mean Streets to The Departed, he has sung the body choleric.  So why would he make a...
Posted On 18 Nov 2011

TIME’s Richard Corliss on Hugo, “A Masterpiece”

Richard Corliss’ review will appear in TIME’s Hollywood preview issue.  I am transcribing it here. Martin Scorsese made  his rep as the fierce bard of American gangster machismo. From Mean Streets to The Departed, he has sung the body choleric.  So why would he make a...
Posted On 18 Nov 2011

Celebrating Scorsese … In a New Way

NPR profiles Scorsese and Hugo, which reminds me that it’s wholly unexpected to see Martin Scorsese take such a radical shift as a storyteller and filmmaker. Like John Stewart said, he was used to the high body count.  When the trailer for Hugo was released people started...
Posted On 18 Nov 2011
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