Hugo: The New, the Old, and the Beautiful

Hugo

Image source. Copyright Paramount Pictures, 2011.

No matter who you are, Hugo charms you. For those who shudder at the mere sound of “silent film,” Hugo provides a gentle, illuminating first glimpse into that era’s magical splendor. For the Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd movie geek, Hugo unrolls like your favorite Thanksgiving meal – warm, familiar, and oh so sweet. Continue reading

Gangs of New York: Sweeney Todd + Ken Burns = …Meh.

Gangs of New York

Image source. Copyright Miramax Films, 2002.

Gangs of New York really should’ve been two movies. Martin Scorsese, usually very good at his job, has tried to do too much in one film, to combine a personal vengeance story with a massive 19th-century-urban-America historical epic. The result: a muddled mess. Continue reading