Friday One Sheet: The Forbidden Room

Motion posters. There are not many of them made at this point, but as cinemas switch to screens for their poster displays, I expect there to be more of them in the future. I doubt they will be as ethereal and evocative as these from Guy Maddin’s forthcoming feature, The Forbidden Room.

Dreamy vaselined lenses and putrid yellow colour palette that remind me of smoke and water damaged book covers…In a good way. There are more tucked under the seat.

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Friday One Sheet: Desktop Horror

One of the emerging trends of 2014 horror genre is the slow evolution of the ‘found footage’ film into a ‘live-desktop’ kind of horror picture. Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows was an abject disaster at pioneering this form, but by all accounts, Cybernatural, aka Unfriended, is a fair bit better. After a successful run on the festival circuit, the film edges close to a commercial release in April (VOD would be best suited considering the narrative takes place entirely from a desktop screen) it seems to have settled on the original title.

The poster itself makes wonderful use of negative space and text, albeit it eschews any standard browser window look. Bad behavior, cyber bullying, murder, suicide, are all highlighted to offer the kind of horror-promissory notes content to go along with form.

(PSSST. I’ve tucked the trailer for the film, under the seat)

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Friday One Sheet: Maps to The Stars

Forget it Jake, it’s Tinsel town. David Cronenberg’s latest, a dark Hollywood satire called Maps To The Stars, gets a noir influenced poster; all smoke visages full of scheming and pensive anger. Somehow this film has eluded me in its Canadian release both at TIFF in 2014 and in commercial release a few months ago. The film is gearing up for its US release, so expect to hear more about the film in the coming weeks. For now enjoy this classic styled one-sheet specific to the upcoming American roll-out. If there is ever a Faye Dunaway biopic to be made, Julianne Moore makes a startling case for it here.

Friday One Sheet: Gangs of Wasseypur

It’s a couple of years out at this point, but here and there you might still find a screening for Gangs of Wasseypur we’ve reviewed it twice and gave it a good tongue bathing on the Cinecast at one point.

The poster carried on the Bollywood color tropes but man is this thing ever brutal to look at. The vengeance and hilarity and brutality all spraying forth in bloody mayhem all at once is definitely striking and eye-catching. But the highlight on this poster of course is that our own Kurt Halfyard has the third quote on the poster. Alas, it’s his review quote over at those sons-of-bitches at Twitch Film, but it’s still exciting. Happy Friday all!

Friday One Sheet: Rated R-100

Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto specializes in delightful, deadpan movies. His previous efforts, Big Man Japan (aka Dainipponjin) and Symbol were both international successes, and great films as well. His latest is the bizarre S&M-dramedy, R100 that takes its title from the Japanese film rating system, indicating that nobody under 100 is authorized to view it.

Can a poster be dead-pan? I think the large amounts of text on this, and a woman in fetish-leather wear is both eye grabbing, and kind of self-deprecating at the same time. Good on you Drafthouse Films for capturing part of the spirit of this crazy film, without spoiling a darn thing.

Friday One Sheet: Inherent Vice

OK, this is not exactly a movie poster for Inherent Vice, but the cover for the reprint of Thomas Pynchon’s source novel. It darn well should be a movie poster though. Los Angeles neon soaked nights, lots of colourful characters, all occupying the headspace of the central character, a side-burned and spacey Joaquin Phoenix. This is one of my favourite ‘posters’ of the year.

Black Friday One Sheet: Black Christmas

One of the original North American slasher films (freshly influenced from the Italian Giallos) turns 40 this year. Yup, Bob Clarke’s Black Christmas, in all its string-light, POV, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Keir Dullea glory.

Designer Gary Pullin delivers a handsome one-sheet in three colours, Red, Black and White to celebrate this fact. Nice details like the sorority-house letters on the phone, the infamous suffocation scene, and an ominous crimson tree looming over the entire house.

Friday One Sheet: Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella

This is how you get a teaser poster for an existing brand exactly right. Now coy images of pumpkins or mice sewing in the attic. This is marketing that cuts right to the heart of the story, get the princess in her sky-blue dress a bit of a rush to/from the ball with the iconic shoe right beside the title text. The only think that not perfect here is the lazy-typesetting, but you can’t always have everything.

By the way, this is the first I’m hearing about Kenneth Branagh directing a live action Cinderella movie for Disney. It’s a long way from Thor, but on second thought, not that long a way.