Movie Round-Up

Persepolis (2007)

This  film brings to life  Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoirs in a beautifully animated form.  A lot of the detail from the books are left out, but it covers the high points.

Man on Wire (2008)

Exciting documentary that treats Phillipe Petit’s famous high-wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974 as a heist story.  The “dramatizations” are a bit hokey but as well done as dramatizations can be.

The Knights of  Fix-A-Lot (2003)

I confess, I think Bob the Builder is great.  This feature length story follows Bob & the crew as they restore a medieval castle with the help of Bob’s bossy father and a new-agey local heritage historian.

Helvetica (2007)

There are people who are passionate about fonts and I just don’t get it, but this film helped me understand fonts and their design a bit more.  Helvetica is a modernist, sans serif font that has become ubiquitous especially in corporate logos.  I’ll never look at storefront signage the same again.  The typeface designers interviewed are a crotchety, passionate and intellectual bunch and a hoot to watch.