November 26th, 2011

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Hugo" should have kept "Invention" in the title

There is no denying the financial juggernaut know as **Twilight Breaking Dawn Part I,** which is now owns the 5th largest box office gross of 2011. While this **Twilight** film is as limply directed as the previous motion picture, the story does fulfill fan's expectations about Bella Swan, Vampire Edward and Wolf boy Jacob with a good cliffhanger ending for **Breaking Dawn Part II.**

One of the sad casualties of this vampire monster box office was Martin Scorese's **Hugo,** based upon Brian Selznick's award winning book, **The Invention of Hugo Cabret.** Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is an orphan who lives in a Paris train station who is pursued by a bumbling security guard (Sacha Baron Cohan) for annoying a man named George (Ben Kinglsey).

What starts off as a standard Juvenile Fiction novel that is required reading for public school students, **Hugo** becomes a mystery about cinematic history. Given Selznick's ancestry (his cousin David produced **Gone with the Wind**) and the appearance of Sir Christopher Lee as a book salesman, **Hugo** is a film that will be discussed in academic circles long after the stars of **Twilight** retire to the old actor's home.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Into the Abyss" is balance approached to the death sentence

Initially, an academic approach is what Werner Herzog uses in his straight forward documentary about death row, **Into the Abyss.** Fortunately the audience, the iconic German director brings both humor and humanity to this bleak subject. While interviewing death row inmates, Herzog admits that he is politically against capital punishment. However Herzog presents such a fair and balanced approach, that advocates will find support for their own political bias.

With his soothing grandfatherly voice, Herzog asks some pretty off-the-wall questions. However these questions create an emotional intimacy between the viewer and the interviewee. For example, when a chaplain discusses the final steps of an execution, the man comes ac cross as a dispassionate bureaucrat. Yet when Herzog asks the chaplain about "the squirrel story," the man becomes a blubbering mess.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Going to Pieces The RISE and FALL of the SLASHER FILM

This 88 minute documentary from the Starz Channel presents nothing new to horror fans if they read David Sklar's "The Monster Show."

On a side note,
Felissa Rose discusses not knowing what was going on with her character in "Sleepaway Camp." She was 13 years old and did not grasp why a drunken, small 18 year old male was dressed up to look like her. It was not until Felissa attended the screening of "Sleepaway Camp" that she saw the big reveal scene and her parents had to explain it to her.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"La Harve'

"Le Havre" is a Finnish/French film about a sad shoeshine guy who struggles to make ends meat for his ill wife. Despite his depressive situation, the shoeshine guy finds a person who is in a worst dilemma, a young Nigerian boy separated from his family. with this simple plot set in motion, "Le Havre" reaches it's climax in both a sweet and entertaining way.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Seducing Charlie Barker" and the siren in the red dress

Charlie Barker (Stephen Barker Turner) is a struggling actor who does not want to compromise his artistic integrity. His mate, Stella (Daphne Zuniga) supports him. While attending a elitist ritzy party in Manhattan, Charlie is seduced by Clea (Heather Gordon), a siren in a red dress. Much like the fate of an Alice Cooper protagonist, Charlie Barker's situation goes from bad to worst..or so it seems.

Thanks to Heather Gordon's energetic performance and excellent line delivery, **Seducing Charlie Barker** works as sophisticated entertainment. The film gets dark, yet there is many plot twists that takes a routine downfall movie into a different philosophical plane.