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Movie dialog that leaps off the page

WARNING: Your eyes and ears will be be exposed to the fully spelled-out and pronounced f-word if you play the above clip.

I love typography. If you've read previous posts on "Helvetica" and Trajan, the Movie Font, you know that.

Thanks to Dennis Cozzalio and Larry Aydlette for calling my attention to these lively and imaginative animations that breathe Kinetic Typographical life into great (and even not-so-great) chunks of movie dialog.

Above: Some choice words from "The Big Lebowski," written by Oscar-winners Joel and Ethan Coen. In Helvetica.

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Below: The rules of "Fight Club."

There's more...

"Ocean's Eleven." Helvetica again. Here's the plan:

Who's on first?

And now (naughty language warning again), some rather colorful (make that "off-color") military language from R. Lee Ermey in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" -- a basic-cable AMC promo!

P.S. I've been busy reviewing February and March releases (O, what a wonderful time of year to review movies...), and if I can ever catch up to my Sun-Times deadlines I may get around to more frequent Scanners postings....

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