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.
The hugely popular"The Hunger Games," by virtue alone of the unavoidable comparison to the recently completed titular series of novels by Suzanne Collins, and other memorable films by cinematic directors of high standing, may have unduly influenced the opinion of many, who might have otherwise form.
I worked on this with some friends I met when I was billeted in Savannah, while I was stationed at Tybee Island, USCG station. The producers of this film short were students at Savannah College of Art and Design.
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.