Film Review – 3/15/12

Helvetica

By Gary Hustwit

Well I never thought there would be a 80 minute film devoted to just one of the many types of fonts. Although this topic seems interesting at first I feel that this film responds better to someone that is interested in the graphic design field than the film. Not saying that typography isn’t something a filmmaker should know, it just seems that knowing all this background information about one single font doesn’t really benefit the everyday person let alone a filmmaker.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not bashing on this film. I believe if you have a genuine interest in graphic design, typography, or you just have a curious mind this film would be great to watch. It is very knowledgable and it really opens your eyes to the world of type around you. Without realizing it we probably see the helvetica font everyday on posters, store signs, or ads.

Film Review – 2/28/12

Happythankyoumoreplease

Written and Directed by Josh Radnor

To my surprise I found this really great movie on Netflix but apparently they are taking it off in like 2 days. So if you have netflix, hurry up and watch it.

It stars Josh Radnor and Kate Mara which instantly brought two of my favorite tv shows to my head, How I Met Your Mother and American Horror Story.

I was nervous to see a really good tv actor in a semi-serious movie but it has the quirky attribute to it which I am in love with. It was nice to see a movie from a guys prospective too which makes it even better because Josh Radnor actually directed it, which amazes me.

The relationship between Josh’s character, Sam and the lost boy, Rasheen, seemed familiar in a Big Daddy sense. It had the whole older man takes care of younger boy feel which is legally impossible and in no way will end on the terms the main character hopes. In addition to this story, like many rom-coms, there are side stories following Sam’s cousin and her relationship to her LA obsessed boyfriend and Sam’s best friend Annie who suffers from alopecia, struggles with her self-image causing her to have commitment issues.

Overall this is story about defining what it means to love and be loved.

A plus to this movie, for me, is that its set in NYC. Since I currently reside in NYC I feel a certain connection to this film. I find that it makes me inspired to see what can actually be done in the city with more of an indie film sense. It wont be long till I’m forced to make my own films and movies like this definitely prepare me for that.