This isn’t a recommendation list, this is just a list of films and shows I happened to watch during the first few weeks of 2011. Some, like True Grit, were deliberately chosen, some, like Mall Cops: Mall of America, are a result of a search for a half hour “filler” show from the Netflix instant play list to occupy brief periods of time during the evenings. Some of these are re-watches, but most are first time watches.
My moving viewing has been down this month thanks largely to the relentless XP Grind for Goldeneye Wii which only recently gained reprieve with the abrupt purchase of my first smart phone, the Samsung Captivate. The distraction seems significant since each night since I have had it I have spent time on forums attempting to customize and more significantly, to correct bugs or errors. (I don’t know which yet) The biggest problem seems to be that the wireless settings embedded within the phone are “unable to start Wi-Fi” but I am also running into issues connecting with various e-mail accounts but I plan to address some of those issues tonight.
What sort of movies have you started off this new year with?
As anyone who dwells in upstate New York can attest, during the winter months everyone spends more time inside. This phenomenon, caused by our end of the big blue ball tilting away from the bigger yellow ball, means that the days get shorter and often times we may never see daylight during the hours we are actually home. One positive effect of the increased number of hours spent inside the home is an increased capacity to view, in their entirety, feature-length films.
I love movies, and thanks to a combination of an increased “instant play” library hosted by Netflix, and an absence of cable in the apartment, we have had the opportunity to view many movies we have missed out on. Here is the list of movies and TV series that I have viewed in the past week or so.
This is in addition to the casual television episodes and documentaries I don’t include in the view count. I always enjoy a modern blockbuster, but more recently I have spent some time exploring the roots of film making and viewing films that have shaped the progression of the industry we know today. And like every year I will surly get a heavy dose of holiday themed movies, both current and past.
What sort of activities do you participate more in during the winter months? Do you have a favorite holiday movie?
This is a great short film that really should really strike a chord with any graphic designers out there. When I first saw this I was continually amazed and amused. Amazed at the sheer quantity of logos available for use in this type of application, and amused with attempting to identify with each and the curious ways in which they were utilized. This film was directed by the french animation collective H5, comprised of François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain and uses more than 2,500 logos, mascots, and icons.
Presented first at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, it opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award for best animated short. The content is a bit abrasive for some audiences so if you feel you might be sensitive to suggestive depictions, crude humor, and frequent profanity by some of your favorite logos then just enjoy the trailer. Otherwise you can find the full film HERE.