Thursday, March 6, 2008

Chip Kidd: Rising Sun

Another blast from the past. This really grabbed me when I was a little High School freshman. Mamma say What IS that awesome font??? I fed it through olde reliable WhatTheFont and got nothing! To those who don't know, this novel is a non sci-fi Crichton, about Japanese business intrigue (land of the rising sun, yo). The novel is a mystery, launched when the body of a beautiful model is discovered lying dead on the boardroom table. It was also a film with Sean Connery as the detective. I like that little highlight at the top of the red circle. It makes the circle look lick-able.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Allison Saltzman: Lit Life

It's an oldie but a goodie (from 2001). Photo by Tina Barney. How much do we love the typography? the colors? the whole freaking layout?

Criterion Collection: Gems of Part Deux

Hiroshima, Mon Amour: A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering.

The Honeymoon Killers: Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler) is sullen, overweight and heartbreakingly alone. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie’s Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco), a suave, charismatic smooth talker who could be the man of her dreams—or a wicked con artist bound for trouble.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Criterion Collection: Gems of Part 1

How freakin gorgeous?????!!!! Not sure who designed these, anyone know? These DVD covers rock. In Divorce Italian Style, "Baron Ferdinando Cefal├╣ (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and then murder her in a justifiable effort to save his honor."

Kicking and Screaming: "Paralyzed by postgraduation ennui, a group of college friends remain on campus, patching together a community for themselves in order to deny the real-world futures awaiting them." (from the Criterion Website)