I went to see Hugo on Saturday afternoon with my father, albeit the 2D version (the 3D showing was sold out). We thought it was a little sappy and wished there had been more live footage of Paris, but the parts that focused on the early days of film were enchanting. And to think we can watch all this stuff on YouTube!
2. The Muppets –Who knew they were still around on the big screen?
3. Happy Feet Two – I guess we can never get enough of penguins!
4. Arthur Christmas – I’m not much of a fan of animation, but this joint British/American production is packed with the voices of some of my favorite British actors, including Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, and Hugh Laurie, not to mention these two wonderful American actresses, Laura Linney and Joan Cusack.
5. Hugo – In his latest movie, Scorsese shows his delight with early film, especially the Georges Melies films, some of them hand tinted. Check out YouTube to watch Melies’s A Trip to the Moon (note that it takes a while to load the various YouTube clips of this film, some of which include audio, though the original would not have had a soundtrack) and The Magic Butterfly (this one loads pretty quickly).
Enjoy, and don’t forget to check in next week for more from TFCB!