Martin Scorseses Hugo is a flawed but passionate ode to romance and the cinema - HitFix.com
Ultimately it's a movie about the hunger for adventure, how the movies satisfy that hunger and how rewarding sharing that gift truly is. It won't be an Oscar powerhouse (since I know you've already got those questions ready). No Best Picture or Best Screenplay or anything like that (though I think Kingsley does deserve some consideration). It'll all be relegated to the below-the-line work, I think, but I'm not really thinking about awards as I write this. I'm thinking about how happy I am that Scorsese was able to make a film like this, for himself. Warts and all, it's of a piece with that which drives him.
One last note on the 3D. It's used quite well. I don't think it was really necessary for the film but at least in the hands of Scorsese it is cinematic and captivating, providing a real sense of space, clock pendulums swinging ominously into the foreground, wisps of steam floating into frame. And it really soars in a few of the longer swift exciting tracking shots.
Harry falls madly, deeply & unreasonably in love with Martin Scorsese's stunning 3D family film, HUGO!
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Cannot wait to see this, from all accounts spectacular.
Scorsese Says Silence Is His Next Feature, And His HBO Rock And Roll Drama Will Cover 60s To 90s Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
Maybe after Scorsese remakes Silence, someone will release it out here. I'm looking at you, Criterion.
Criterion Blu-ray in March: Scorsese, Kalatozov, Hegedus & Pennebaker, Baker, Lean (Updated)
Titles include Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, Mikhail Kalatozov's Letter Never Sent, Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker's The War Room, the David Lean Directs Noël Coward boxset - which bundles together In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Brief Encounter, and Blithe Spirit - and Roy Ward Baker's A Night to Remember.The Last Temptation of Christ (March 13th, 2012) —
Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay
Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks
Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs
Location production footage shot by Scorsese
Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score
An essay by film critic David Ehrenstein
Finally got to see this today and it was outstanding. Top 10 for 2011. 3D was excellent.
I think film lovers will appreciate this more than any of the young audience. Really, kids under 10 may find it long (over 2 hrs) and tedious due to it serious nature.
Martin Scorsese Sued By Producers For Not Making 'Silence' | The Playlist
Martin Scorsese is one of cinema's most prolific directors, but it's the film he isn't making that's getting him into trouble. Cecchi Gori Pictures, the production company headed by Vittorio Cecchi Gori, has filed a lawsuit against Scorsese for not making his dream project "Silence," which the director has been trying to get mounted for the past two decades.
Based on a Japanese novel by Shusaku Endo, "Silence" follows a group of missionaries in 1683 who are sent to Japan in order to investigate the reported torturing of Christians by the country's emperor. Scorsese was originally supposed to direct "Silence" after 1997's "Kundun," but signed deals in 2004 and 2011 that allowed him to delay "Silence" until he finished "The Departed," "Shutter Island" and "Hugo." In May, Cecchi Gori CEO Niels Juul said that "Silence" had been "in pre-production" for a while, but with Scorsese currently shooting "The Wolf of Wall Street" with Leonardo DiCaprio, apparently Gori has had enough of waiting for Scorsese to finally make the movie.
Having already poured in $750,000 to develop the project, Cecchi Gori's complaints states that the company "cannot allow their rights to be ignored or compromised by further delay on the part of Scorsese and Sikelia [Productions]." Of course, Ceechi Gori hasn't gone without any compensation, as the deals Scorsese made stipulated that the director pay "substantial compensation and other valuable benefits, for the right to direct these three other films prior to 'Silence.'" However, Scorsese hasn't paid the reported $1 million - $1.5 million (plus up to 20% of Scorsese's back end) to Ceechi Gori for "Hugo."
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is expected some time in 2013, after which, we assume, Scorsese will finally make "Silence." Either that, or he'll finally pay Ceechi Gori their "substantial compensation" and plan a bunch of other movies to shoot instead.