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November 30th, 2009, 5:32 am

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Movies pop up on here once and a while, and I was wondering if you have any favorites that are relevant to design in any way ( ulterior motive: I want some new choices to watch! )

Several that have been mentioned on Core77 recently: 1984, Moon, Brazil, Blade Runner...

I'll kick this off; I just saw "How to get ahead in Advertising" last night and it was hilarious. An Advertising man is so completely freaked out by designer block and a super tight deadline for a new pimple cream, he gets a boil on the side of his neck that has it's own sinister advertising personality. Completely & ridiculously awesome.

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November 30th, 2009, 6:37 am

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Objectified, Helvetica

You have probably seen them but they are amazing, I have watched objectified so many times !

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November 30th, 2009, 6:53 am

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to be honest objectified disappointed me :? .
here are some other good movies, not totally about design, but go tangent.

Next Industrial Revolution
this one is from William Mcdonough on cradle to cradle design

Manufactured Landscapes
about China's mega projects and it's effects on landscape

Us Now
In a world in which information is like air, what happens to power?

Future by Design
the Life long work of Jaques Fresco

Walmart - the high cost of low prices

The Corporation
THE CORPORATION engages in a lively, critical exploration of the dominant institution of our
time — its inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts, and possible futures.
The Zeitgeist Movement
the best things in life are not things.

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November 30th, 2009, 9:12 am

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I had pictured in my mind more "movie" movies, that had a strong design
theme, but you guys are right about those others being design related.

Some good one's in those veins are:

Andy Goldsworthy - Rivers and Tides (2001)
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005) <--Haven't seen it, but wouldn't mind
LOUIS KAHN - My Architect (didn't really like so much myself)

a quick search turned up this as well...Raymond Loewy: Father of Industrial
Design 1979 and a similar thread at PDF here (link)

any other stuff you might have seen recently or heard of?

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November 30th, 2009, 9:24 am

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Travisimo wrote:I had pictured in my mind more "movie" movies, that had a strong design
theme, but you guys are right about those others being design related.
If you were thinking more "movies" movies the first film that popped into my head was Sin City which has a strong theme throughout the film. Is this more what you meant?

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November 30th, 2009, 5:17 pm

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I liked District 9. Pretty bad ass. I am still looking for some stills of the robots and 'alien design' for inspiration for upcoming projects.

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November 30th, 2009, 6:10 pm

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I've always loved the set designs in "A Clockwork Orange"

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November 30th, 2009, 7:36 pm

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"Idiocracy"
because it's a Mike Judge film and takes the p_i_s_s out of consumerism beautifully (so much so it was possibly buried at release
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/09/busin ... .html?_r=1
http://www.statesman.com/search/content ... cracy.html)

"The Incredibles"
Best Pixar film, best soundtrack, best design (look at this: http://www.jimunwin.com/extra/incrediblechairs/)

"Alien", "Aliens" etc.
Interesting to see how James Cameron took over from Ridley Scott, especially in the look of the world (the exo-skeleton lifter, Ripleys Reeboks, the APC). The story of "Alien 3" is interesting in how David Fincher salvaged the great ideas of Vincent Ward (the wooden planet)- Empire have a great article on it:
http://www.2shared.com/file/8415639/df5 ... Alien.html
http://avpspectrum.com/forum/index.php? ... opic=453.0


"Fight Club" top film anyway, watchable just for the Ikea p_i_s_s take.

"The Bank Job" best film I saw last year, great recreation of early 1970's London, especially David Suchet as Ronnie-Barker lookalike Lew Vogel.

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November 30th, 2009, 10:29 pm

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nunoCR wrote:Walmart - the high cost of low prices
Great film, and completely true.
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December 1st, 2009, 10:27 am

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sanjy009 wrote:"Idiocracy"
because it's a Mike Judge film and takes the p_i_s_s out of consumerism beautifully (so much so it was possibly buried at release
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/09/busin ... .html?_r=1
http://www.statesman.com/search/content ... cracy.html)
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This sleeper film is a must see! First off, WallE totally ripped a lot of the visuals, second it is just so good.

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December 1st, 2009, 10:49 am

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If you are talking about great product design in movie movies my choice has to be Minority Report. Awesome future gazing... especially love the 'spiders'
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December 1st, 2009, 3:56 pm

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"Avatar" is looking like another cool Ridley Scott movie coming up soon... I really loved all the space marines hardware in "Aliens". "Empire Strikes Back" is such a classic too

Another really inspiring one was "One Man's Dream" about Mike Britten, the guy that designed, produced, raced, and broke the landspeed records with his self designed super-motorcycle. I'm not even a motorcycle guy and really liked it
http://www.manxshop.com/index.php?main_ ... ducts_id=1

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December 2nd, 2009, 5:43 am

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Ross Jovi wrote:
Travisimo wrote:I had pictured in my mind more "movie" movies, that had a strong design
theme, but you guys are right about those others being design related.
If you were thinking more "movies" movies the first film that popped into my head was Sin City which has a strong theme throughout the film. Is this more what you meant?
Yep, That was the idea... entertaining movies with strong design included. I wasn't thinking of documentaries, but I'm glad they were added - Walmart and others are on my "To Watch" list now

Most of the "Director Label" videos are good too - short films and music videos by some great directors
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http://www.directorslabel.com/

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December 2nd, 2009, 9:10 am

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I have that Chris Cunningham one as well, that is a good one to check out.
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