Hell’s Angels (1930)

Quite engaging, with arresting flying scenes worthy of their acclaim (and perhaps the absurd amount of work put into them too), but too dedicated to relationships and characters that grind things to a halt. A speech about profiteering and corruption, of war and ethics is a rare highlight in the ‘character’ side of the film,…

The Hustler (1961)

Is it a case of the ‘Seinfeld is Unfunny’ trope – a work of media having lesser impact on an audience that’s seen works that draw from and imitate it, before the originating work itself – that THE HUSTLER failed to work much magic on me? I appreciate it being one of the relatively few…

Hugo (2011)

A charming take on cinema, childhood, legends, if overly cloying at times. Watching it in 2D years after its release stings a little, as much of the film was very clearly made for 3D, and it’s fascinating that Scorsese chose to go in that direction. What’s less surprising is why he chose to adapt a…