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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-27 07:47
Subject: [movies] Hugo
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Tags:awards, movies, process, reviews
Yesterday, Mother of the Child took me and [info]the_child to the cinema, where we saw Hugoimdb ].

My advice to you is that if you have any love whatsoever for movies, stop what you're doing, go to the cinema, and see this pronto. I'm very afraid it won't last long, given the broad tastes of the American film-going audience, and if I'm right, that will be a crime. Then come home and make notes for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. I certainly plan to nominate Hugo for a Hugo Award.

This movie is a love letter from Martin Scorsese to the early history of cinema, and specifically the films of French director Georges Méliès. Méliès made some of the first science fiction and fantasy films, so it is topical to our field (and its award processes) in that sense. Furthermore, the movie itself while not a fantasy per se is decidedly inspired by the breath of the fantastic. It's also got some glorious clockpunk, cool steam trains, Paris in the years between the wars, and a heart-rending story. I wept at the end.

Hugo is a visual feast, and also talks a lot about the creative process, both explicitly in the film's narrative and implicitly in the way the film was made. I cannot recommend this highly enough, and I suspect the movie will need all the audience support it can get due to a lack of explosions, car chases, star destroyers and whatnot so beloved of holiday films. I very much I hope I am wrong about this last.
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Jim Keller
User: jimkeller
Date: 2011-11-27 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You might want to consider posting this to hugo_recommend, as I'm sure the LJ-enabled Hugo voters would appreciate the heads-up to go see it.

And, thanks for the heads-up to go see it!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-27 16:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And so I have done... Thanks for the tip!
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-11-27 16:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I guess my email message was unnecessary, huh? :) Glad you apparently liked it as much as we did. Something very unusual happened for me -- a brand new movie immediately jumped onto my all-time favorites list. Usually I have to see something multiple times *or* stew about it for awhile *or* fall in love with its score. The movie I loved...the score isn't quite there yet. And...and...it had trains in it!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-27 16:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Trains!

The timing of your email was hilarious, as I'd gotten back from the movie just a couple of hours before.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-11-27 16:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So does this mean this film is AT OMAHA???
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-27 16:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You'd have to ask Gary to be sure, but apparently so.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-11-27 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I remembered that I'm ON THE INTERNET, and went and looked, and yes it IS here, yay! That's going to be my treat WHEN I hit 50K words for NaNoWriMo by midnight Wednesday night. I'll go see the movie Thursday after work. Thanks for the heads-up!
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-11-27 16:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Multiple screens at multiple locations. We're right uptown, we are!
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-11-27 16:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, ma'am. We got ourselves a bunch of nice shiny movie houses and they're showing picture shows with sound and everything in Omaha. They even pop up some of that popcorn. You gotta see it to believe it!
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-11-27 16:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow jeepers! lol
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markbourne
User: markbourne
Date: 2011-11-27 18:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A big, hearty shout of "Seconded!" on this one. e_bourne and I saw it, loved it, will see it again and love it more, and scoop up the Blu-ray when it's available. If it isn't on the Hugo ballot (alongside Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, with which it would make a fine double feature) something is seriously amiss.*

*Avoiding, barely, snark about Hugo ballots in this category invariably being seriously amiss.
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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-11-27 19:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A few years ago one of our local SF organizations members did a talk on Georges Mieles so I was familiar with the history. My husband and I went to see this film with a friend of mine today. We all loved it. I suspect there will be a couple of Oscar nominations for it. We did not see the 3-D version but I'm curious now to see it too. I have already recommended it on our organization's e-mail list.
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markbourne
User: markbourne
Date: 2011-11-27 22:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And yet.. the critics hated this movie.}:P

Really? It's tracking well at RottenTomatoes and Metacritic.
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markbourne
User: markbourne
Date: 2011-11-27 23:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Understood. Although RT and MC are a congregation of reviews from many sources, including the pro and print level. MC is entirely pro reviews ("reader reviews" being its own separate selection, something RT does as well).

And really, People?
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-11-28 01:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Never mind about my answer to your QotD in your link salad post of today. I see you have answered my question, too [g].
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Matthew S. Rotundo: CE3K
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2011-11-28 14:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:CE3K
Saw it yesterday. A very charming little film, reminiscent (for me, anyway) of Bill Forsyth's Local Hero. And it's gorgeous. I see cinematography and production design Oscars in its future.
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