Hugo (Capsule: The Muppets): CFQ Spotlight Podcast 2:46.1

Gears Set in Motion: Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz uncovers the true heart of film in HUGO.
Gears Set in Motion: Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz uncover the true heart of film in HUGO.

At first glance, it doesn’t seem like there’d be much intersect between HUGO — the fanciful film based on Brian Selznick’s vividly illustrated novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret — and director Martin Scorsese. It’s set in a Parisian railway station circa the 1930’s, so there’s little opportunity for Brooklyn accents; it’s about an orphan boy (Asa Butterfield) who tends to the clocks in that station while hiding out in its secret passages, so there’s little chance we’ll be seeing Joe Pesci kick someone’s ribs in; and it’s driving force is an automaton that contains within its works a secret about the station’s not-so-kindly toy vender, Papa Georges (Ben Kingsley), so forget about hearing any of the traditional, four-letter-word-laced dialogue this time around. It’s only when you find out what that secret is that you realize not only why Scorsese is the perfect choice for this film, but why this may be the film he’s been waiting his entire career to make.
beabetterbooktalker.com‘s Andrea Lipinski joins Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons to explore how a tale about the founding father of fantastic film has stirred a legendary director to create his sweetest and most enchanting work, and how it in turn pays tribute to those who seek to instill the sense of wonder in audiences around the world.
Also: Andrea gives her take on THE MUPPETS. Plus: What’s coming in theaters.

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Gulliver's Travels: Cinefantastique Podcast 2:1

Iconic Moment, One More Time: Jack Black in GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
Iconic Moment, One More Time: Jack Black in GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

The CFQ crew is back, all rested after their holiday break and ready to tackle the new and exciting fantasy, horror, and science fiction film releases of 2011. But first, there’s GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, the big-budget adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s beloved comic novel, starring Jack Black as the titular traveler — here portrayed (in a stunning departure for Mr. Black) as an affable slacker with an undying love for rock and roll — plus Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as Lilliputian lovers, Chris O’Dowd as Gulliver’s miniature nemesis and, for no plausible reason, a wedgie-dispensing robot. Join Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons as they search for redeeming social value (or any value, frankly) in the last fantasy release of 2010.
Plus news, theatrical and home video releases, and all the usual stuff. Click on the player to hear the show.

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