Moviepaper Romance

Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss…except at the movies. And if you’ve ever seen the ending of the sweetly sentimental Cinema Paradiso, you know what I mean! (IMP, FilmArt)

Juicy Fruit?

Looks like The Oranges is getting unzipped…(IMP)

Gaga Kills?

Robert Rodriguez has hired Lady Gaga to be his latest hit-woman in Machete Kills

Batman Posters

UPDATE: Despite the horrific shooting tragedy at the Dark Knight Rises midnight screening in Colorado, I thought we should shine a bat-light on all of the other previous versions of the famous franchise…

Batman Girls and Villains…

Pool Posters!

Now that summer’s in full swing…everybody into the pool! (IMP)

Do You Believe In Magic?

Or how about the male escorts/strippers/gigolo genre? Let’s hear it for the boys! (IMP)

The Bass-o-metrics…

If art is truly timeless, then compare and contrast these two Saul & Elaine Bass title sequences, completed over thirty years apart…

Saul Bass + Elaine Bass = All Class.

Okay, I’ve finally gotten through the 415-page blockbuster book, Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design by Pat Kirkham and Jennifer Bass (Saul’s daughter) — and my eyeballs hurt. Wow, what a visual feast! Part biography, part loving tribute, this tomé features over 1,400 illustrations, spanning Bass’s iconic career in movies and corporate identity/commercial logos. It’s almost unthinkable what the 1950’s-1970’s would’ve looked like without Bass’s clean, colorful logos decorating everything from cereal boxes to 747’s.

Although the career highlights of Mr. Bass have been well-documented in Art of the Title and Movie Titles, this publication uncovers many lesser-known tidbits about the modern master, including how his Walk on the Wild Side titles influenced a young Stevie Spielberg to do an 8mm film with his diva dog, Thunder, as well as Bass’s work on such late 1980’s pictures as Broadcast News, Big, and Mr. Saturday Night.

The book also clarifies the vitally important contributions of Saul’s accomplished wife, Elaine. Much like the Eames’s close-knit relationship, Elaine Bass took over production on the title sequence for Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960) and their cool collaborations continued on with Otto Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock, and Martin Scorsese (their Casino titles no doubt inspired the Mad Men intro), all the way up to Saul Bass’s death in 1996.