District 9

August 30, 2009

Great great movie, saw it last nite. Highly recommended, immensely original and disturbing in its social commentary and realism.

Impressions

April 29, 2009

Last nite, four other graphics buddies and I drove to Denver to see Gary Hustwit’s new documentary film Objectified. More info can be found in my previous blog post here.

The film’s main focus was on industrial design and its effect on everyone’s daily lives. Without many of us realizing it, everything we interact with throughout the day was designed by someone for some purpose. The true success of a well-designed object is when you forget why it looks the way it does. You use it, throw it away, buy a new one, reuse it, etc. without a second thought.

I enjoyed the film, although I wasn’t completely blown away by it. Industrial design is an important facet of everyone’s lives, but I feel like most of its secrets have been revealed already through various media programs. I still haven’t seen Helvetica, and I think that film will appeal to me more not only for the fact that it’s about graphic design(ers), but it’s about something not many people know much. Gary was kind enough to answer questions after the screening, which was pretty cool.

The (Mayan) theatre was packed and we got to drink beer while watching the film, awesome. I couldn’t help but notice another film playing there currently.

Tokyo! is a collection of three films that all take place in the vibrant Japanese city. They are supposed to be pretty surreal and wacky stories, all connected through some on-going theme. Michel Gondry directed one of them. I’ll have to make another trip back sometime, if its still playing there. All in all, it was a pretty fun trip to Denver, it being my first and not last.

Objectified

April 21, 2009

I have plans to see this documentary on Monday in Denver with some buddies from graphic design. Should be interesting. Gary Hustwit made the film, same guy who did the Helvetica documentary which I have yet to see.

From the site:

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.”

Persepolis

July 2, 2008

I recently saw Wall•E and Wanted. Both were exceptional films for very different reasons. I would be writing my impressions of them now but I have to say, Persepolis was robbed when it lost the Oscar to Ratatouille. I loved Ratatouille but I didn’t cry (as much) as I did while watching Persepolis.

The movie is great. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and buy it and watch it. Amazing.