Movies

100 Years of Universal Pictures Logo in 1 Minute and 23 Seconds.

May 8th marks the 100th anniversary of Universal Pictures. The montage below shows the way the logo (which is shown at the beginning of every motion picture Universal creates) has changed. The clip ends with the latest incarnation of the animated logo which was created by Weta Digital.

In addition to this clip, if you are a fan of film, the movies, cinema, the talkies, or what ever else they have been called over the last 100 years, do yourself a favor and check out the excellent experience at Universal’s 100th Anniversary website. It is worth your time.

 

“Hussars”, Orange’s Epic “Cineday” TV Spot.

I can’t begin to imagine the budget for this commercial, let alone the time frame needed to shoot and edit it. None the less, this spot for Orange by Publicis Conseil, is great. beautifully shot and edited, with a humorous take on the typical movie trailer spot.

The commercial directed by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, the same director that  was used on  Honda’s commercial “Cog” & “Choir”.

I Want You To Go Ape at “Film on Paper”.

This morning, in my in-box I had a link to a really wonderful movie poster site that launched earlier this year.

Two years in the making “Film on Paper” is an archive of film posters that is a huge resource for anyone in the design or film industry. Actually the site is wonderful resource for anyone, especially those of us interested in things like film, design, illustration, or the film industry. If you have time, check it out. The site offers really nice images of the posters, and quite a bit of information about the film, and the poster itself.

37 Posters, 12 Movies, 1000 Quotes.

This is probably one of those things that has been making its way around the internet for a while, and slipped past me. If you have seen this already, well there it is, if not here it is.

I’m a guy that loves the movies, but I am not a guy that memorizes lines from movies so I can drop them into conversations at the drop of a hat. Thankfully though, designer Jerod Gibson has come along and created a fantastic set of posters that bring the best lines from some great movies and TV shows.

Gibson’s series of art prints, are available at his online store, 37 Posters. Each poster features a series of quotes designed and laid out against iconic silhouettes featuring memorable quotes from such cult films and pop culture favorites as Pulp Fiction, The Simpsons, and The Big Lebowski. The posters have this great vintage distressed look to them, and use grid systems to help format the text into visually pleasing readable chunks.

In addition to his posters, Gibson also sells laptop and mobile phone skins, t-shirts and hoodies.

District 9, and some really really stupid parents.

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This really has nothing to do with the new house, or art and design stuff. I’m just kind of ranting here on Monday morning. Yesterday I went to see District 9. It’s a great movie, but this isn’t a review. Not of the movie anyway.

This is a comment about the couple in front of me that had their 3 year old girl with them. Yes you heard that right. an R rated movie, 3 year old girl. Now in many instances, this probably wouldn’t bother me. But this movie, involves aliens, that look like large bugs, and a whole lot of blood splattering body exploding humans and aliens with body parts a flyin’. Yes the second half is at times an in your face violent action movie and there are portions of the first half that are pretty graphic too. The film deals with human terror, and the absolute inhumanity that we as a species subject not only on other humans, but other creatures as well. I’m sorry why would even think of bringing a 3 year old to this? There is no way that the little girl who was scared beyond belief through the second half of the film, could not be affected by what she saw. I’m not saying that it is going to have a long term effect on her. That she has been traumatized so much that she will be in counseling until she is 30. I’m just questioning the stupidity of her parents and for that matter the management at Cinemark theaters. Seriously, when the guy taking the tickets saw that this couple was bringing an impressionable young girl into the theater, why didn’t he step up and say “Hey this movie is pretty violent at times, and it might scare the crap out of your kid. I’m sorry I our theater policy says I can’t let you take her in to see this. It’s rated R and she is under a certain age…”

Now with that said the movie itself is great. Awesome story, great special effects, kind of bloody at times, but still 4.5 out of 5 for me. So I would recommend going to see it. Just leave your 3 year old at home if you do. For a review of the movie and to see what others are saying, go here. District 9 Review