Sponsored Tingles: SCENEtourage – HUGO

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 23, 2011 14:53:33 November 23, 2011 14:53:33

As we mentioned last week, we’re teaming up with our friends at SCENE over the next few weeks to bring you highlights of some major upcoming Hollywood releases.  Plus your chance to enter to win FREE movies at a Cineplex Entertainment Theatre for you and a guest for ONE YEAR!  Details on how to enter as well as the many benefits of being a SCENE member are below. [Alt-Text]

Last week we kicked things off with the London Premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1. This week it's Hugo.  

Have you read Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret? If you have children, please, I’m begging you, please buy it for them. Then try not to savour it for yourself. I first read it a few years ago and it made me believe that books could be saved. That people would remember that each page can be a genuinely fresh discovery. Not only because there are pictures along with the words but also because Hugo’s story is so universal and so of its time, NO MATTER THE TIME, you appreciate how seldom it is that anything is ever original anymore.  When an experience manages to be original and familiar at the same time, you know it is a special gift.

Needless to say, I worried a lot about Hugo coming to the movies. As we’ve all seen, some stories, they can fall into the wrong hands. So how about Hugo in the hands of Martin Scorsese? Perfect. And if the critics are any indication...

It’s LOVE.

Really, really profound love.

Relief too!

Scorsese didn’t mess with the story. He just told the story. In 3D. The way 3D is supposed to be applied. Not as a centrepiece but as an accessory to the soul of film. What is the soul of Hugo? Film itself. Film as it was intended: transformational, provocative, and, well... magical. Film as a service to memory and dreams. In a way that you want to share it. In the way that I wish I could round up all my friends this weekend and watch it together. I promise Hugo will swell your heart. You’ll probably have to be carried out of there by the end of it. Go and let me know how you feel after.

Here’s Scorsese in New York at the premiere the other night. He cracked me up on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week when he said that some people couldn’t believe he’d actually made a movie that children can watch. Some people are calling it his ultimate masterpiece. Can you imagine? Martin Scorsese of Martin Scorsese’s resume and HUGO is his ultimate masterpiece? I’m not sure I’d go that far. But it’s way better than Shutter Island.

Also... just me or is Brian Selznick kinda hot?

I can’t look at Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield anymore without wanting to cry.

Back to the contest.  So what exactly can you win?  How about 48,000 SCENE points! That’s two movies per month for you and a guest for an entire year!  

And how do you win?   First, you have to be a Canadian resident, at least 14 years old, and a SCENE member in good standing.  If you’re not familiar with SCENE, it’s the first and only entertainment rewards program in Canada that is packed with benefits including FREE Movies and 10% off movie snacks at Cineplex Entertainment Theatres, and exclusive Contests and Discounts for SCENE members only.  Points are easy to earn and redeem and you’ll get 250 just for joining.  Click here to join SCENE and for more details.  

Once you join, click here to go to our contest page and fill out the ballot.  Fill out the form and enter your SCENE membership number. The grand prize draw will take place on December 29, 2011 and the winner will be contact via the email address provided.  We’ll also be doing weekly draws for two movie passes (2000 SCENE points) from entries received between featured SCENEtourage posts. So get to it and good luck!

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