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Aug 17, 2011

Jim Henson's Non-Muppet Passionate Personal Side Project

I was fascinated to read idsgn's piece on Jim Henson's non-puppet oriented, Oscar-nominated animation/live action side project, Time Piece. Skylar says, "Recently I had the opportunity to see Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, a new exhibit at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image. Not surprising, the exhibit is heavily Muppet focused, but it doesn't end there. The exhibit spans Henson’s entire career from early sketches to his pioneering television work.

 

Among the many classics, one piece really stood out to me: a short film from 1965 titled Time Piece. Produced, written, directed by, and starring Jim Henson himself, the short experimental

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Aug 11, 2011

Hilarious Movie Clichés

In honor of the upcoming International Latino Film Festival, NYC Ad agency Wing created these beautifully designed graphic representations of hilarious movie cliches.

   

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Aug 02, 2011

10 Awesome and Hilarious Charts about Movies

Jason Oberholtzer, editor of I Love Charts, recently rounded up his ten favorite movie-related charts for humor site Slacktory.

"Nerds love movies. Nerds love charts. Nerds love combining their loves (bacon unicorns, zombie narwhals). Thus, we get tons of charts about movies at I Love Charts. Here are ten of my favorites."

 

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Jul 19, 2011

Emptiness Captured: Beautiful Video of Last Weekend's Carmageddeon

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Even if you don't live in Southern California (I don't), I'm sure you heard about the shutting down of the 405 in LA to demolish the Mulholland Bridge. These clever folks even had a dinner party:

Anyway, filmmaker Ross Ching captured the vast, barrenness of the empty lanes of traffic in this beautiful video:  

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Jul 15, 2011

How to: Dress Like the Royal Tenenbaums

There've been plenty of classic films to find men's style inspiration: James Bond, Steve McQueen, heck, perhaps even the simplicity of the Blues Brothers. (I'd never thought of it before, but I do have one suit, black, and wear with a white shirt, and a black tie. Hmm...) 

And, then, there's The Royal Tenenbaums, with it's vintage and memorable characters, and...their wardrobes. "

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Jun 22, 2011

People You Know...When They Were Young(er)

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I'm no celeb-o-phile, but for some reason, it's fun to look at pictures of famous people when they were young. Not like yearbook pictures of a-list celebs, but, like, youthful art photos and headshots of established actors. Part of it must be, for those of us born after their movie careers started, it's cool to see that the people that you wanna hang out with now were probably awesome back in the day, too. 

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Mostly, I think,

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Jun 16, 2011

Cartoon Dads as Beer Cans - Guess Them All!

In honor of Father's Day, EveryGuyed and Moxy Creative whipped up this homage to animated dads, depicted as beer cans.

Can you name them all?  

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Jun 14, 2011

Typographic Movie Posters

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Hot on the heels of the minimal movie poster trend, artist Patrick Svensson has reduced the imagery even further by limiting his strokes to basic typographical characters.

Can you guess what they are, just by looking at the type?

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May 27, 2011

Pop Culture Quiz: Play Name that Movie with Clockbusters

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Veer, a stock image company, has a fun new game - Clockbusters - that tosses up three related images from its collection, and then challenges you to name the movie which they evoke.

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May 06, 2011

Retro Revival: Vintage Posters for Modern Movies

Brain Pickings has assembled a killer collection of vintage-styled movie posters for contemporary films. As Maria Popova remarks, they explore "Helvetica, Hitchcock and what Saul Bass can teach J.J. Abrams about mystery."

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Apr 26, 2011

Movie Parts Posters

Canadian graphic designer and artist Emma Butler created her Movie Parts poster series as a response to reductive representation of pop culture pieces craze. She says, "This poster series was inspired as an alternative to the ever-popular "minimalist movie poster" trend currently floating about on the web. On the opposite end of the spectrum, these posters are made up of all the memorable parts, pieces & props that feature in some of my favourite movies."

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Apr 14, 2011

The Ferris Bueller's Day Off Board Game (+ a New Angsty Trailer)

I never skipped school. Not one time. Lame, I know.

I was either legitimately sick, or had a darn good excuse. Heck, I only missed, like, three classes in college, and they were all because I was out of town.

But I wanted to. I was too afraid, but, boy, did I wish I could give myself permisson to pull it off. Put the thermometer under the lamp. Sneak a hot water bottle under the covers. Perfect the raspy voice and fake cough. Like my man, Ferris Bueller.

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Apr 04, 2011

De-3D Glasses

 

I just thought back, and I'm blown away by home many 3D movies I've seen over the last 18 monthes. Granted, most of them were animated features that I saw at the dollar theatre, and all of them were because 3D was the only way I could see them at all. Since the trend doesn't seem like it's dying anytime soon, it's likely time that someone came up with a solution to de-3D 3D projections so that they appear just like normal films.

ThinkGeek has done just that.

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Apr 01, 2011

12 Awesome "Back to the Future" Posters

Yes, Marty McFly staring at his watch surrounded by flaming tire tracks and the DeLorean was awesome...in the 80s.

But, it's 2011, and while the film still hits the spot as well as it ever did, I'm always a fan of a contemporary makeover. Especially when it's this Saul Bass-alike:

  

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Mar 25, 2011

David Lynch's Hair vs. Art

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His films may be increasingly difficult to understand, but you can't fault him this: David Lynch has awesome hair.

So regardless of whether macabre-tinged melodrama floats your boat (I think they're great, for whatever that's worth), you can surely appreciate this clever juxtaposition: David Lynch's Hair vs. Art

The preview's kinda hard to see, so check out the full image here:  

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Mar 17, 2011

A Brief History of Title Design

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Like a lot of creative-minded folks, I like films. A lot. And, like most of my kin, I try to watch carefully about the filmmaking as much as a care about the story or whether or not I'm simply "entertained." And, who's in a movie isn't nearly as exciting as how that info is presented.

One of my favorite new blogs, The Art of the Title Sequence, has assembled an awesome reel of the best of title design throughout the centuries, from early "talkies" through master Saul Bass and the best of recent films.

I've watched this guy three times already. I love how some just need mentioned because they're so iconic (Anatomy of a Murder, Saturday Night Fever), and some are explored a little deeper, such as the final Enter the Void, which is a must-see that's on Netflix streaming right now

Click play to watch the video:

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Mar 02, 2011

Famous Objects from Classic Movies

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Famous Objects from Classic Movies is graphic quiz game that evokes, well, famous objects from classic movies. The play is a bit like hangman, in which you guess the letters of the movie title, so if you don't immediately recognize an item's relevance, you can get there with a bit of trial and error.  

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Feb 28, 2011

Getting at the Truth of "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

I don't care what happened at the Oscars last night, Exit Through the Gift Shop was among the most engaging and well-crafted films of 2010. Straight up. (Also, Winter's Bone, Please Give, and Another Year deserve more credit...)

But, Oscar or not, the question still remains. Is Mr. Brainwash an actual, self-sustaining artist, or an elaborate, decades-long project by Banksy and Shepard Fairey, or somewhere in between?

The L.A. Times reports, "The movie is anchored by two of the least reliable narrators in memory: Banksy, the anonymous British street artist; and Thierry Guetta, an eccentric French émigré to Los Angeles whose obsessive

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Jan 31, 2011

The Best Picture Oscar Nominees...In LEGO

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The King's Speech

LEGO pro and film fan Alex Eylar has combined his love to recreate scenes from each of the 2011 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.

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127 Hours  

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Jan 28, 2011

The Coenfographic

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I'll admit it. I'll probably never tire of seeing interesting information conveyed via good design. I mean, what kind of hater wouldn't wanna learn something and appreciate good layout and typography skills?

Designer Tom Muller created the "Coenfographic" a labor of love that details the actors and characters of the films of Joel and Ethan Coen.created at: 01/28/2011 

  

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