New year movie marathon

How did you all spend the last couple days of vacation? After family time last week, we have been watching movies galore, both old and new. Last week, we enjoyed Hugo in the theater:

As a fanatic Francophile, this kids’ film was just what I needed. Scorcese captured exactly how I imagine Paris to be in the 1920s. The music, the sets, the costumes, were all perfect. Scorcese succeeded perfectly re-creating Orsay when it was still a train station prior to becoming home to so many modern art treasures.

Yesterday, we proceeded to watch three more films at home. We started off with the Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. The plot provoked thought questioning free will vs fate, but for me the highlight of the film was certainly the modern dance scenes.

Next up was a long-time favorite of mine, Moulin Rouge:

DPE was somewhat dubious at Baz Luhrman’s over-the-top effects and music-video like editing, but I enjoyed every minute of this crazy musical-film. Speaking of Baz, have you heard he’s currently working on a film adaptation of the Great Gatsby?

We finished off with a touching comedy, the Trip, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

This one is not for people craving fast plot and action packed scenes, but has some really hilarious exchanges between the two middle-aged friends as they embark on a food critic’s tour of Northern England.

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is back to reality, but I feel refreshed and ready to see my students and colleagues. Meilleurs voeux pour le nouvel an !

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