I’m finally having the chance to see some movies again and thougtht I would share some thoughts…

Helvetica
On June 13th I managed to see a viewing of the documentary Helvetica, the ode to the ubiquitous font that is turning 50 years old this year. To say the least, it is a must-see for any graphic designer and a good time for anyone who just notices this informational world around them. The real stars of this film, surprisingly, is not the fonts but the type designers interviewed. They are alternately opinionated and hilarious with their opinions of Helvetica and tyopgraphy in general. Just think, the fonts you use when hacking away in Microsoft Office has so much history and says something about you…
You can go to helveticafilm.com to see if this film is coming your way. The director, who did a Q&A after the showing I attended, hinted that the film could be out on DVD in October.

Ratatouille
We went and saw the latest Pixar gem, Ratatouille, the other night. The visuals, especially the city of Paris, were amazing. While the plot did not contain the emotional intensities of Toy Story Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, the ode to Jerry Lewis-style visual comedy made it a fun time. The movie’s so good that I didn’t mind all the young kids in the theater making noise.

Brand Upon the Brain!
Quite possibly the most “artsy” movie attempt I have ever seen. Directed by Canadien Guy Maddin, it is an exploration of B&W silent film (though it is narrated by Isabella Rosellini), horror shows, Nancy Drew and lesbians. Sound inticing? It all sounds a bit too much to me though I appreciated the efforts and the vision. Coming soon to a theatre not near you for not very long…

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