Hugo Cures A Man's Sight
Hugo was a Martin Scorsese film about a French kid living in a train station, and was also supposed to be a dignified and classy "love letter to cinema" in general. So obviously it was filmed in 3D, the most dignified and classy number of dimensions.
It sounds silly, but to Bruce Bridgeman -- and probably only Bruce Bridgeman -- Hugo was a legitimately life-changing film. Watching it literally helped him see again.
"And here I was spending all my money on these fancy 'doctors.' Bullshit."
Bridgeman was born with partially impaired stereovision -- better known as "lazy eye" -- wherein one's eyes have a tendency to drift independently, making your brain unable to accurately process depth. But when Bruce saw Hugo in 3D, he was not only able to see the "depth" in the film, but he also came out of the theater suddenly able to perceive, in his words, "a riot of depth" in the outside world.
This sudden dramatic breakthrough did have scientific precedent. A 2011 study documenting five people with impaired stereovision who later learned to see in 3D concluded that people "were most likely to have a breakthrough if the stereoscopic images were reinforced by monocular cues like relative size and shading." In short, Hugo was so effective at creating the illusion of depth that it helped Bridgeman's mind establish the necessary synaptic connections to bridge the gap to fully-functioning stereovision.
Okay, but we still agree 3D sucks overall, right?
They really should've deleted every other pull quote on the poster and gone with "Gives the gift of sight!" Not many marketing departments downplay a miracle, Hugo PR team.
The Passion Of The Christ Causes Criminals To Break Down And Confess
Mel Gibson played an excellent Road Warrior and a pretty good Lethal Weapon, so of course that gives him the right to lecture the world on religion and morality. And lecture he did, in the form of his biblical epic The Passion Of The Christ. Here's the thing about lectures, though: Sometimes they work. For instance, The Passion Of The Christ has helped elicit confessions out of multiple criminals.