After a two month wait my disability film tickets came and I went to see The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Hugo) based on the book by Brian Selznick. It is choc-a-bloc with top notch actors in an Amile french film style meets steampunk. Based on the Paris train station in 1930, and a now orphan boy who keeps the clocks of the station running while he tries to repair the project his father and he started together: the Automation (like the kind used in old magic shows and entertainment for kings and courts).
Hugo, as a film, produced by Johnny Depp, whose theme is broken-ness (akin to Scissorhands), I was disappointed to see the disabled used as comedy and villain both. The film is not just about early films, but has tucked into screen flashes and background posters works from Dali and Hugo running past James Joyce drinking at a café among many of the historical joys. Isabelle, who perhaps has read a few too many books and seems a bit TOO enthused with ‘an adventure’ ala Anne of Green Gables, particularly when she is waxing on how it is okay for men to cry like Heathcliffe does. Still, it makes her, as well as the bookseller, stand out characters, and the ironwork and Edwardian buildings lush. Winner already of several awards I give it a big thumb up for seeing on the large screen. I hope that the Second Sherlock Holmes film keeps the Victorian enthusiasm alive (trailer).
I did however spend a great deal of time in Hugo going, 'Where do I know those lips?', asking the same question over and over about Isabelle. So you don't have to ask and can just enjoy the film, she played Hit Girl in Kick-Ass. So good in BOTH roles.
Here is a fun upload for those who like solar system models as it holds not just our current (Copernican) but the Tychonian’s earth centric model. Don’t forget to click the music and the phases of the moon.
I hope your weekend is fun. The trailer for Hugo is below (a great trailer and an even better movie), the ‘sky blue’ officer with his alliteration is only surpassed by his bizarre phone conversations. I have found that Warren Spector of my favorite game Dues Ex (a non-violent, non-linear, cyber-punk game of old) and Thief, went on to do Epic Mickey, a game about the lost or forgotten Disney characters and rides in a mirror realm including Mickey’s lost brother (I added it to my wish list, and would welcome your reviews if you have played it).
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