HUGO (2011) by Martin Scorsese: 6/10
24 Words or Less: I’d seen this before but forgotten what happened–not a good sign. All the ingredients are there, but somehow not a good bake.
Best bit: Getting to see some of George Méliès’ films.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002) by Steven Spielberg: 9/10
24 Words or Less: Cinematic entertainment par excellence. A funny and charming cat-and-mouse game with two great leads and several moving moments, based on a true story.
Best bit: Honorary mention for one of my favourite John Williams scores, which is little known and frustratingly difficult to get hold of.
N.B. When you inevitably want to do some extra-curricular research on the real Frank Abagnale, I highly recommend the talk he gave here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlQ5tyHLBRc, continued https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFtxf2gZSY0.
TOY BOX SERIES, EPISODE 3, PICTURE BOOK 1936 (1934), produced by Komatsuzawa Hajime’s.
24 Words or Less: Strange and disturbing retaliatory propaganda cartoon with dancing dolls and tigers on the good side and a Mickey Mouse army on the bad side.
Best bit: At the end, what is apparently some kind of nuclear substance is released on Mickey, reducing him to a skeleton, and everyone points and laughs. And you’re like… what…
DATING: DOS AND DON’TS (1949) dir. by Ted Peshak and Gilbert Altschul: 8/10
24 Words or Less: Very enjoyable, laughably simplistic P.I.F. with a storyline and values equivalent to most modern romcoms.
Best bit: ‘Woody thought of Janet, and how good looking she was… too bad Janet always acts so superior and bored.’