Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures [PG]
Drama
January 6, 2017 - 20th Century Fox
Directed by Theodore Melfi

Grade A-
Up-graded from B

+1:  Stories of person bravery.

par:  Cast including Taraji P. Henson (as Katherine G. Johnson).

par:  Historical drama.

+1:  Soundtrack (featuring Pharrell Williams).

par:  America’s space exploration program.


Art by Bryan Mon



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Star Wars, No. 9

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [PG-13]
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
December 16th, 2016 - Lucas Film, Ltd./ Disney
Directed by Gareth Edwards

Grade: A
Up-Graded from B

+1: Putting “War” in “Star Wars”.

par: Characters.

+1: Sassy droid (K-2SO, Alan Tudyk voice).

par: Story and plot.

+1: Franchise installment.



Monday, December 12, 2016

Artsy


Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Our growing database of 500,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.





Tim Noble & Sue Webster
Since the late 1980s, collaborators Tim Noble and Sue Webster have been known for their shadow sculptures built from objects like household garbage, taxidermy, and scrap metal. Under directed light, the assemblages cast recognizable shadows, often self-portraits. In a series of Noble and Webster's light sculptures, they use computer light sequencing to flash messages of love and hate, referencing shop-front-type signage and carnival shows of British seaside towns. Merging form and anti-form, high culture and anti-culture, their anti-monuments explore psychology and the way we attach meaning to images.

https://www.artsy.net/artist/tim-noble-and-sue-webster

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Moana

Moana [PG]
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
November 23, 2016 - Disney
Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall & Chris Williams

Grade: B+
Up-graded from B

+1: Characters including Moana (voice, Auli’i Cravalho) & Maui (Dwayne Johnson).

par: Songs (by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i & Mark Mancina).

par: Story.

-1: Cute pig quota.

+1: Art direction (Ian Gooding, Production Design).


par: 3D effects.

+1: Post-credits bonus scene.



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange [PG-13]
(Marvel Cinematic Universe, phase 3, part 2 of 10)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
November 4, 2016 - Marvel Studios
Directed by Scott Derrickson

Grade B-
Up-graded from C.

+1: Cast including Benedict Cumberbatch (as Dr. Stephen Strange).

par: “Bad guy” Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), motivations.

+1: Visual effects.

par: Story.

par: Installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


+1: 3D effects.
par: Mid-credits & post-credits bonus scenes.

Art by Bryan Mon

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven (2016, remake) [PG-13]
Action, Adventure, Western
September 23, 2016 - MGM
Directed by Anton Fuqua

Grade B-
Up-graded from C.

+1: Cast including Denzel Washington (as Chisholm), and Chris Pratt (Jon Faraday).

+1: Big gun battles of cowboy armies.

par: Mythic Hollywood storytelling including bullet-proof heroes and all-powerful Gatlin guns.

par: Character development.

par: Story - entertainment vs. commentary.

8/10 against the original source film “Seven Samurai” (1954, Dir. Akira Kurosawa)


Art by Bryan Mon


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Client Feedback!

a.k.a. My Client Is a Graphic Designer
graphéine, graphic design [grapheine.com]
Posted October 10, 2016

Reported on Creative Bloq [creativebloq.com] as
Famous Artworks Ruined with Design by Committee

Satire based on an initial idea of Twitterer @MarieJulien with imagined clients’ feedback on several iconic posters.

See graphéine’s article for HD images.

Swiss painter, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen’s 1896 poster promoting the Parisian cabaret, Le Chat noir (the Black Cat).
A black kitten?

Graphic designer Saul Bass’ minimalistic poster for Otto Preminger’s “Anatomy of a Murder.”
Blood, please!

Milton Glaser’s poster that was originally included as a bonus in a CD compilation of Bob Dylan’s songs.
Dylan isn’t black!
Graphéine continues the treatment on the Louvre museum’s logo as seen on it’s web site.