Cinema for Steampunks: Hugo (2011) Movie Review

The Origins of the Film “Hugo” This story was first told in a book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. He worked on several different books for children, but this one is his opus. It comes in at a whopping 527 pages. The film came out in 2011 to rave reviews. Plus, it received five of the eleven Oscars it was nominated for that year. It stars Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) and veteran actor Ben Kingsley. The film also features excellent performances by Sacha Baron-Cohen (Borat) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-ass). What is Hugo About? Hugo Cabret is little … Continue reading Cinema for Steampunks: Hugo (2011) Movie Review

Mr. Holmes Movie Review

Mr. Holmes is an interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes character (played by the brilliant Ian McKellen). Based on the 2005 novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” by author Mitch Cullin, the viewer sees Cullin’s interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth as a retired citizen. What is Mr. Holmes About? In Mr. Holmes, Sherlock is not just a little old. He’s a stubborn, crotchety soul that tests the patience of his housekeeper, Mrs. Munroe (Laura Linney) and captures the curiosity of her son, Roger (Milo Parker). In 1947, the ninety-three year old Holmes is officially retired to his Sussex estate, but despite his … Continue reading Mr. Holmes Movie Review

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes (2009) Mockbuster Movie Review

That’s right, there was another Sherlock Holmes movie that came out around the same time as the Robert Downey Jr. movie I reviewed last week. Didn’t hear about it? I am not at all surprised. I am a huge fan of what I call “cruddy-good” movies. These are films that you can’t help but laugh at even though they are not meant to be comedies. The Mister and I spend a lot our time wading through the sea of crappy movies out there giving them the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment. That is to say, we crack wise throughout at the terrible special effects, mediocre writing, … Continue reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes (2009) Mockbuster Movie Review

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Review

Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams are back to reprise their roles as Holmes, Watson, and Irene Adler. New additions include Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films), Jared Harris (Mad Men, Mortal Instruments) and Stephen Fry to round out an excellent cast. The film begins a few months after the events of the first installment. Holmes is investigating a series of seemingly unrelated crimes which lead him to intercept a letter from Irene Adler. He is so deep into his case that he totally forgets Watson’s bachelor party, and multi-tasks by taking him to a place where Holmes can find the … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Review