MOVIE REVIEW: HUGO (Martin Scorsese, 2011)


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Sometimes it’s hard to explain why one loves the movies. Personally, it’s the magic of filmmaking that I adore. And nothing is more appropriate than the word “magical” to describe Hugo.

Here’s a film that proudly shows its love for cinema while disguised as a story about a young boy finding his place in this world. There are so many moments here where you just sit and stare at the screen enthralled by what you’re seeing. Some scenes are not even designed to make you cry, but the mere power of the images engulf you and you find yourself tearing up.

With excellent performances by Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben direction of the Martin Scorsese, this is truly one of the best films of 2011.

Rating: ★★★★★

MOVIE REVIEW: BRUNO (Larry Charles, 2009)

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Even with a flamboyant character (and a gifted actor at the helm), the movie didn’t quite reach the comedic heights of Borat. The movie brutally poked fun at the seemingly faux glitz of the entertainment and fashion industry leaving nobody unscathed (and yes, the list included Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kevin Spacey). As expected, no issues were considered taboo including, but not limited to, homosexuality, religion, and racial discrimination. Unfortunately, most of the jokes seemed to be for shock value rather than played for genuine laughs.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆