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

Les Misérables: Glorious Pain

Les Miserables

Image source. Copyright Universal Pictures, 2012.

By most standards of “good moviemaking,” Tom Hooper’s 2012 adaptation of the hit Broadway musical should be a total flop. The acting is uneven, the length an eyesore, and as CinemaSins has effectively pointed out, the live singing flawed. Yet you just can’t bring yourself to dislike Les Mis. Continue reading

Sweeney Todd: There Will Be Blood. Lots of It.

Sweeney Todd

Image source. Copyright DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, 2007.

Sweeney Todd is not for the faint of heart. This is one of the darkest movies made in the last 20 years. Murder, rape, sexual perversion, insanity, poison, corruption – the world director Tim Burton has designed here is, as Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) himself puts it, “full of shit.” Continue reading