Friday One Sheet: The Lobster, Expectations And Screenshots

As posters made from just using a still from the film, this Italian one for New Greek Weird film is pretty good. It teases expectations to a ‘non-conventional’ love story, that are perhaps misleading after one has seen said film, but are intriguing enough to get butts in seats; which is the purpose of a movie-poster after all. The design, I believe, is going by the assumption that anyone looking at the it already knows the film is about people that go to a ‘dating’ hotel with the consequence of being transformed into an animal if they fail to find a suitable mate. It puts the films stars, Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, front and centre standing over a corpse, she in a raincoat, he in a suit, which underscores the oddity.

I like how they’ve squeezed the acting-credits into the crown-wainscoting of the hotel decor, and I like how the rich blue carpet, host to a possible corpse, catches the eye.

Friday One Sheet: The Two Stars of Legend

A tiny tempest in a teapot with this British quad poster for Kray’s biopic, Legend, has all of the positive reviews splashed up as star-ratings behind Tom Hardy, well, both Tom Hardys. If you look in between the images of Hardy, The Guardian’s not so positive review is obscured to imply that perhaps it was better. Two stars are showing (technically, The Guardian gave it 3/5).

Hardy plays the infamous twins, celebrities of the UK organized crime world of the 50s and swinging 60s, which is mandatory review-material for all the British news outlets, and would looks weird if you put them all on there and leave out The Guardian.


Friday One Sheet: Body

Clearly inspired from Saul Bass’s iconic poster for Anatomy of A Murder, this black & red poster for indie horror, Body, is simple, eye catching, and yet it has a somehow a bit of a modern feel, maybe it is the background red textures…

The film involves a Christmas Eve girls-night-out, which goes horribly wrong after Larry Fessenden shows up. Comparisons seem to be to along the lines of Peter Berg’s Very Bad Things which is memorable for its darkly humourous tone in the face of some quite naughty behaviour.

Friday One Sheet: Lady Macbeth

Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders, and currently directing Assassin’s Creed) offers up a visceral adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and has two very power stars in the lead roles: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. When you have stars this good looking, you damn will put them on the poster. And indeed, the above poster eschews text and credit blocks to keep the focus on Ms. Cotillard. (Fassbender in his warpaint is tucked under the seat.) I often refer this kind of no nonsense design ‘South Korean’ style, because that country often likes a simple enhanced photograph to sell their blockbusters.

The only drawback to this, is that it doesn’t tell you the supporting cast contains David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. villainess Elizabeth Debicki in supporting roles.

Would you like to know more…?

Friday One Sheet: Joy

David O. Russell cannot resist working with Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper. He has another film out this Christmas called Joy. The poster winningly combines gently falling snow, aviator shades, and a very intimate shot of Ms. Lawrence’s neck. Make of that what you will, it’s a striking design.

Friday One Sheet: River of Grass

Kelly Reichardt’s debut film, River of Grass is getting a bit of a revival. A restoration of the film is playing at this years edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, and a new one sheet was made, shown here. It is a watercolour rendition of a screenshot from the film (below) featuring a very young Larry Fessenden holding a kitten, and Lisa Bowman holding a green tooth brush and a diet cola; beautiful losers against the beach and palm tree background. Heck, from this image alone, it looks as this could be a prequel to Inherent Vice.

Friday One Sheet – The Dressmaker

The simple, yet glossy, photo with just the title, tagline and credit block is a style of movie poster I like to call “Korean Style,” as South Korea, well known for its glossy studio films, often promote them in this fashion.

Here we have Kate Winslet standing in a golden Australian field with her sewing kit, and the promise of “Revenge.” Would I like to know more? Hell yes. That it has both the director and the star (That would be Jocelyn Moorhouse and Hugo Weaving) of 1991’s excellent Proof, all the better.

Friday One Sheet: Sicario

And the wonderful one-sheets keep coming for Denis Villeneuve’s much anticipated cross-border hitman procedural, Sicario. This one has the ‘collage of characters’ style usually reserved for adventure movies, so it seems tonally at odds with the polished grit that the trailers promise. Having not seen the film I cannot say for sure. The design does imply that all that is going to happen in the film is concomitant with the head-space of Emily Blunt’s character.

September cannot come soon enough.