Archive for the ‘Posters’ Category

  • Friday One Sheet: King of Minimal


    There is no shortage of marketing for Gareth Edward’s reboot of Godzilla, the trailers have been great, the posters have been great. But the one above is superb, a rendition of the Japanese flag with the King of Monsters in the middle and a vertical crawl of text at the bottom. It all looks like it was hand rolled on with a mask and red paint at street level. Iconography has never looked so good.

  • Friday One Sheet: We Are The Best


    While two films do not make a trend, the Scandinavian duo of ‘kids-punk’ Sons of Norway, and Sweden’s We Are The Best make for good times at the movies. The latter gets a classic graffiti poster with slight emphasis on the pink, after all this is an all girls affair.

    Directed by Lukas Moodysson who returns to his late 1990s coming of age story period (which produced the classic Fucking Amal). We’ve also got a trailer to go with that poster.

  • Friday One Sheets: So Many Expendables


    The ever expanding roster of soldiers of fortune in Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables franchise gets a handsome black and white photo shoot, and a trailer just in case you are not photo gallery’d to death. If there is ever a case of character-posters getting out of hand, I present it below, tucked under the seat. But I will give it this, the black and white, minimalist style here with the lighting equipment visible in the frame does impart the overkill-basics ethos of the series.

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  • Friday One Sheet: The Key [Enemy]


    One more poster from Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy. This one was designed by Sam Smyth and highlights the spider imagery in the film, certainly suggesting its connection to the key – both the one exists in the film, as well as the the more ‘big picture’ key to figuring out exactly what the film is trying to be. Further with this, the tagline on the key art is “Chaos is Order Yet Deciphered” which is the declarative opening quote on that kicks off the film.

    If you like the kind of nexus you might get from crossing David Lynch and David Cronenberg, and the film is still playing somewhere nearby, you should really give this unusual film a try.

  • Friday One Sheet: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind @ 10


    The intelligent, romantic, weird and astonishingly emotional film from Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was released 10 years ago this week. We shall celebrate with many inspired posters for the film below, but first, a brief love letter to the film:

    The experience of following Lacuna Inc. a loose small-business that specializes in erasing memories, and two patients, former lovers, who submit themselves to treatment spans is delightfully unclassifiable by any sort of movie genre yardstick. A fascinating take on the first blush of falling in love (twice) is surely one of the best films of the Aughts. It is a bitter romance nevertheless full of hopeful possibility. It is a piece of science fiction par excellence. You can be swept up in the pure entertainment of the movie, or you can dive down the moral rabbit hole. How much right to do have to exert over your own body? Is it illegal to chop off your own arm? Commit Suicide? Erase significant portions of your memory? Should an easy way of absolving oneself of guilt and conscience exist as a business venture (some would argue that most commercial ventures do this to one extent or another!)? Emotion to trump morality, perhaps the ultimate statement on both the cinema, and the human condition. Well done sirs.

    Tucked under the seat are many inspired posters for the film.

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  • Friday One Sheet: Negative Space (Big Significant Things)


    From the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas comes this key art which is of the Criterion school of ‘negative space’ in poster design. Also pretty brave to put the title facing backwards in the ‘sign motif’ like an edgier version of the Paris, Texas release.

  • Friday One Sheet – Digest This! (The Mule)


    Currently debuting at the SXSW festival in Austin, this Australian pic about a first time drug mule being caught by law enforcement boasts one of the more eye catching posters in some time. Hugo Weaving stars along with the writing team of Leigh Whannell (Saw) and Angus Sampson (Insidious) appearing in front of the camera, but the poster does not bother with the actors, it gets straight to the heart (or the stomach) of the subject matter to good effect.

  • Friday One Sheet: Sabotage


    Currently, I have little opinion in the latest in a long line of middling Schwarzenegger pictures (The Last Stand excepted). However, I do dig the marketing on this front, the bold yellow, the crisp black images. Yes, it’s a little over-layered in how the characters appear assembled , but the slightly askew credit block and worn typesetting wins me over. Can anyone tell me what is on fire in the lower corners? Is the poster and movie so hot that things are on fire?

    An extra-large version of the quad-style poster can be found here.

  • Friday One Sheet: The Sacrament


    Ti West goes head-first into the realm of ‘found footage’ films with his latest film, The Sacrament. Equally so, it embodies the confusion and tension of the 1978 Jonestown migration and group suicide inside the modern, quasi-fictional narrative. And this brings us to the poster. When you have a charismatic and intimidating religious figure as influential as Jim Jones as your inspiration, you should put him smack dab in the middle of the poster. Outside of Zardoz, this is the one floating head that I can forgive.

    Look back here later in the day for the trailer to the film, via IGN.

  • Friday One Sheet: Joe


    I suppose since I posted the Under the Skin and Jodorowsky’s Dune posters earlier this week with their respective trailers, and was remiss in posting the new trailer for David Gordon Green’s Joe (It’s up at Apple’s Trailer Page) here is a good place to have a gander at the earth tones and and working class handsome on evidence. An unusual credit block placement and relatively subtle critics quotes, coupled with the huge trees appropriately in the background, give a pretty balanced design here. Nothing flashy, but really solid. Just like the film itself, which is very much worth your time.

  • Friday One Sheet: Highrise


    And here is another design from Jay Shaw, who did last weeks Enemy poster, for the film adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s Highrise. The film is only in pre-production at the moment, making the transition from former director Vincenzo Natali, over to Mr. Ben Wheatly, but there are a lot of film festival markets on the horizon and the poster goes out of its way to highlight the principle cast member, Tom Hiddleston. Staying with the ‘textured minimalism’ that feels a bit Kafka-esque and and a bit European, I’d hang this on my wall with pride.

    For a further look at the work of Jay Shaw, MUBI has a great compilation of his work, here.

  • Friday One Sheet: Enemy


    I‘m not sure how such a poster gets ‘butts in seats’ but aesthetically, I’m really liking the latest poster for Denis Villeneuve’s doppelganger flick, Enemy which has an old-school Polish flavour. While the more accessible Villeneuve film, Prisoners got the wide multiplex release last year, Enemy is taking the longer, quieter road to release, and this poster makes it darn near impossible to pin down at at glance whether the film was made in 2013 or 1953. Either way, after playing TIFF 2013 and Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival a few weeks ago, it’s getting some sort of commercial release on March 14, 2014. You might have to look for it a little harder, but I’m guessing it will be worth it.

    For what it’s worth, all of the key art for Enemy has been great. This. And This.

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