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Post by tony h » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:43 pm

I am not a great watcher of films but I found myself having to watch Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese, not a film director that I know.

First it was a film that I could see firing the practical imaginations of children as the technical interests were clockwork.
Second it had a lovely way of introducing words that would inspire viewers to learn them.
Third it wove in the real story of the magician Georges Melies.

A great family film. And watch the extras on the DVD.
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:35 am

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Tony, I rarely watch movies because they mostly piss me off. But Hugo was highly recommended by a trusted friend so I went and saw it and agree with your positive assessment. I thought it was truly magical in many ways.
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Post by tony h » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:00 am

I am glad you enjoyed it. Did you realise that the George Melies story line is mostly biography? It is worth watching that on the extras.
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:54 pm

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Tony, I had no idea that in this masterpiece the Georges Melies story was true – right down to his little shop in the train station – until you mentioned it. Wikipedia has a very extensive article on his life here.
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Post by Wizard of Oz » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:23 am

.. tony a great call .. me and she went to see this steam punk movie and loved it !!! .. she then became Yaya and took 2 of the grandchildren .. Luke was captivated .. so much so that he is about to get the book as a birthday present .. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick .. the book won the Caldecott Medal in 2008 ..

WoZ like clockwork
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:00 am

I haven't yet seen the film, but I'm feeling an imperative starting to press upon me from all these recommendations.

I am curious, Ken, as to what it is about movies that mostly pisses you off, as you put it.
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:19 pm

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Erik, I realize that film, music, art, etc. is a matter of taste and often there is no absolute good or bad – what one person loves another may hate. So what pisses me off may seem just great to someone else. I can’t stand violence, tragedy, poor plot, bad acting, failed humor, over sentimentality, etc. And, of course, these are my own perceptions. For example, I went to see The Descendants, which was highly regarded by many, but which I took to be shameless treacle. However, the scenery was great, but that wasn’t enough to do the trick. I do carefully read the reviews from respected sources, but there is no assurance that I will agree. I have been so disappointed so many times that I have more or less given up unless I get a rave review from a friend who I know has similar tastes as my own. So, when it comes to movies I am not easily pleased and my prejudices knock out about 99% of what’s out there. Humbug! (>:)
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Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Thu May 03, 2012 10:53 am

This is at least based on a book (and a true story):

War Horse.

We've just taken my dad to see it in a 'Senior Screen' re-showing at the cinema. He sat spellbound. So did we.
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