I’m a movie junkie. I love good ones, bad ones, mass-marketed blockbusters, and obscure arthouse diatribes. All worth watching for one reason or another.
I especially love watching movie titling, which can often be better than the movie it introduces. Of course, everyone knows Saul Bass is the man credited with creating that genre of work. One of my favorite Bass intro was from North by Northwest, which influenced contemporary work like Panic Room. Another favorite from that era is To Kill A Mockingbird — if you haven’t seen it lately, it’s worth renting just for the titling sequence.
I recently attended a lecture by Kyle Cooper of Imaginary Forces fame. I’m sure you’ve all seen and know of his work — he’s done everything from Se7en to the intro for ER. Kyle is a Yale grad, boasting Paul Rand as a teacher and mentor. His credentials and body of work is unsurpassed by any contemporary. My favorite Cooper work is Gattaca, which arguably is one of the most design-stylish movies ever.
I also recently watched Catch Me If You Can on DVD, and was impressed with its titling as well as its superb DVD menu intro.
So tell me, what are some of your favorites? Any foreign gems you’ve seen? Let’s share a list and all hit the video stores and theaters together.