Last evening we took the kids to see Martin Scorsese's film Hugo, based on the book by Brian Selznick. It was the single most enjoyable movie watching experience I've had in a very long time.
My son tends to lose interest in movies about halfway through so I was skeptical about a two plus hour long film. I could not have been more wrong. He was into it. I saw the beautiful look of joy on his face during the funny scenes, and a look of awe during the breathtakingly beautiful ones. I saw him stressing over a particularly nightmarish scene, only to be relieved when things turned out OK.
Hugo is a masterpiece.
It's the kind of film that makes you love cinema. For two plus hours I was not in a theater in downtown Baltimore—I was in Paris in the 1930's and it was breathtakingly lovely. Not only were the sets, costumes and the actors great, the story was just as robust and it drew me in.
See Hugo for your kids, but see it for you as well.
ABOUT THE PHOTO I always have my camera with me these days. I recently bought the Fujifilm X100 for its compactness and image quality combined. So far, so good. This little camera has a lot of great qualities and only now am I discovering its deep, gorgeous RAW files. I took this shot hand-held, manually-focused in almost complete darkness and converted to black and white to mimic the look I would have achieved with Kodak 3200 T-Max film. NOTE: Manual Focus on the X100 sucks. (Shutter speed: .5 second | Aperture: 2.0 | ISO 3200)