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Steve Klare
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 - posted November 29, 2011 02:07 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I went to see "Hugo" last weekend. It started out being one of those movies I take in because my son wanted to see it. Sometimes this results in me sneaking looks at my watch and counting down the minutes until I can leave, but this time was different.

Even though it took a long time to reveal the fact, "Hugo" turned out to be one of my favorite kinds of movies: a film about film. (When I find a film about films about film, you may consider my life complete!).

An important character (go find out for yourself who...) turns out to be an important pioneer of silent cinema whose career ended sadly and he's still hurting over it. Years later he won't even go see a film.

Along the way we see this wonderful review of his earlier life and work, with a lot of clips from films we all recognize, and maybe even have. This was enough to get my film collector's endorphins flowing.

I've read that a major motivation for making this movie was Martin Scorcese's love of old films and his desire to see them preserved. Shame there is it's so digitally made that all of the film in this "film" is in the old projectors the characters use.

The setting is wonderful (if you think like I do...) It’s a Paris train station in the 1930s, and everything is steam and gears and other machinery. The filmmaking equipment comes along later: icing on the cake!

In a lot of respects this is a strange movie: most of the characters have secrets and the journey towards understanding them feels a little odd here and there. The trip is worth it, so I rate it the best strange movie I have ever seen!

(I WILL get this DVD!)

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All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...

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Janice Glesser
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 - posted November 29, 2011 05:13 PM      Profile for Janice Glesser   Email Janice Glesser   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I saw "Hugo" while visiting my son in LA this past week. We loved it. It is a wonderful tribute to early film making. Rumors of a Best Picture" nomination are already surfacing.

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Janice

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Richard Dreyfuss - Let It Ride (1989).

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Scott Mallory
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 - posted November 30, 2011 08:45 AM      Profile for Scott Mallory   Author's Homepage   Email Scott Mallory   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Great film!

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Scott

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Thomas Dafnides
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 - posted November 30, 2011 09:09 PM      Profile for Thomas Dafnides   Email Thomas Dafnides   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks for the review...so few films worth watching these days.

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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted December 01, 2011 01:20 AM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks for thats Steve, its due out here in NZ in the middle of January. I hope the cinema near us gets it.

Graham.

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David Park
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 - posted December 01, 2011 02:31 PM      Profile for David Park   Email David Park   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Any comments from you on the 2D vs. 3D versions?

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Steve Klare
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 - posted December 01, 2011 03:38 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The 3D passed that point where the movie is in danger of becoming a ride at Disneyworld. I think I would have prefferred the extra brightness of 2D, but the 9 year old wanted it with glasses!

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David Park
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 - posted December 02, 2011 03:11 AM      Profile for David Park   Email David Park   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks Steve.
Do not think light from the 3D version will be a problem as they use the XpanD 3D equipment onto the normal white screen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LtHoQgTt8U

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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted January 11, 2012 09:00 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Today was the first time back to our local "Reading Cinema" since last February quake as it has been mostly closed on and off ever since. When I mentioned to the girl behind the counter that I never got to see the end of the last film I watched here, she gave me a free ice-cream [Big Grin]

Anyway, I really enjoyed "Hugo" what a cast. [Smile] I remember the young kid from "A Boy In Striped Pyjamas", Emily Mortimer from Dear Frankie a few years back. Christopher Lee, Jude Law, and Ben Kingsley. The 3D was excellent its a must see movie. I hope it comes out in "2D" in DVD/Blu-ray later, a real tribute to early film making and some really nice shots from the silent era.

Graham. [Smile]

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David Park
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 - posted January 12, 2012 02:31 PM      Profile for David Park   Email David Park   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
We saw the 3D version and enjoyed it, the cinema was showing alternatively in 3D and 2D.
So you do have digital then having 3D, see my post on Iron Lady to you.

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