Monday, August 22, 2011

Pleasurable Viewing

Hello morning sun... I love the way you light up the office.

It's always a pleasure for me to watch how the sunlight plays throughout the house over the course of the day, but when the sun goes down it's nice to have something else to watch. For your viewing pleasure allow me to recommend some flicks that the professor and I have enjoyed in recent months.

Exit Through the Gift Shop -- An amazing and entertaining film that we thoroughly enjoyed! "This is the inside story of Street Art - a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide."

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman -- A fascinating documentary about the life and work of architectural photographer Julius Shulman. I really enjoyed this film because its subject matter combines my interests in photography and modern architecture.

The Gates -- Follow artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude in their quest to temporarily transform New York City's Central Park with panels of golden fabric.

The Secret of Kells -- An imaginative, animated Irish tale.

Herb and Dorothy -- A delightful documentary about Herb and Dorothy Vogel -- he a postal worker, she a librarian. They're an unlikely pair to have collected a staggering collection of modern and conceptual art, but over 45 years, one piece at a time, they amassed a collection that is worth millions.

The King's Speech -- "Britain's King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter for years until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue in this biographical drama... Logue's pioneering treatment and unlikely friendship give the royal leader a sense of confidence that serves him and his country well during the dark days of World War II."

Between the Folds -- A fascinating documentary about the art and design, science and philosophy of modern origami.

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight -- "His name might not be very familiar, but the works of graphic artist Milton Glaser -- whose prolific output includes the "I Love NY" ad campaign, as well as album covers for Townes Van Zandt and Nina Simone -- are recognizable to many. Revisiting the famed paintings, drawings, logos, prints, posters and other works by Glaser, filmmaker Wendy Keys creates a rich and engaging mosaic of a key figure in American iconography." {This film contains a sprinkling of simple nudes.}

Frank Lloyd Wright -- Directed by Ken Burns, this documentary chronicles the life of the man whom many consider to be the most influential American architect of all time. As is typical of Ken Burns, this film is top notch... Sadly, the same cannot be said about the personal life of the Mr. Wright.

The Art of the Steal -- A close look at one of the art world's greatest collections and the years of controversy that have surrounded it.

Bleak House -- We're currently enjoying the mini-series of Charles Dickens' suspenseful tale about John Jarndyce, the tangled web of legal justice, and the secrets woven throughout.

*Please note, the films listed above do not contain immoral themes or scenes. However, some of them do contain coarse and/or offensive language.

P.S. Don't miss Anna's list!