Director Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" into the fantastic film "Hugo" was a brilliant stroke of passion for the edgy director of quite a few gritty, pathologically viotent films, such as: "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas."
John Michael Shanley: wrote the play, wrote the screenplay and directed the film, and used this control of quality to insure that he would produce an outstanding film that is tight at just 104 minutes, with no waste in time or the talent hired to produce it.
Director / Screenwriter J. J. Abrams's film, "Super 8," reminded me of "Close Encounters" meets "E.T." meets "Goonies," and even though this chemistry in celluloid sounds like one giant cliché, the film worked, and it worked quite well.
This film, by Actress Jodie Foster who also directed, was produced during the time when Actor Gibson was having his last round of domestic skirmishes in his own home, and public opinion for the celebrated actor was at an all time low.
Remarkably, John Brennan is also a regular guy, with a regular life, with a regular job, but also he possessed an irregular sense of propriety towards those that he loved, governed by an impressive and overwhelming sense of honor.