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Observe and Then Observe Some More

February 27th, 2009 at 11:04 pm » Comments (2)

Fact: Knocked Up’s main poster was a big close-up of Rogen’s head. That movie earned over $148 million dollars domestically. Fact: Pineapple Express had a poster that was a big close-up of Rogen’s head, but also had several other equally important posters including many featuring James Franco. That movie earned over $87 million dollars domestically. [...]



Higher Still

February 27th, 2009 at 12:09 am » Comments (2)

Over the years I’ve become sort of a Pixar fanboy, so you should take it with a grain of salt when I say that these characters are adorable, especially the old guy. So grouchy. These two posters don’t show us much more than we have already seen, altough the dog is new, which seems to [...]



Inglorious Posters

February 25th, 2009 at 10:36 pm » Comments (0)

So, this film is actually coming out? This year even? After all this time? I can hardly believe it. And yet, we have posters, so it must be true. And what do the posters tell us about the movie? Mostly that it will be bloody. Very bloody. Very, very bloody. So bloody in fact that [...]



Oscar Week: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

February 22nd, 2009 at 12:06 pm » Comments (1)

When the first posters were released for Benjamin Button I struggled with what to say about them. That was months ago, but I’m still struggling. I’m basically mesmerized by what are, on the surface, very simple posters. Just the actors faces against a pitch black background. And yet, there is something more in there. The [...]



Oscar Week: The Reader

February 22nd, 2009 at 4:05 am » Comments (3)

The Reader has had quite a few different posters, but most focus on some variation of Ralph and Kate sharing something. The above variation is my favorite because of the way it combines the most interesting elements of the other posters into one nice package. It is basically a classic “very serious movie” poster. The [...]



Oscar Week: Slumdog Millionaire

February 20th, 2009 at 12:05 am » Comments (0)

When I first saw this poster for Slumdog I knew close to nothing about the film, and my reaction was basically “this is very ugly”. I hated the shining, colorful lights, the floating semi-transparent head, and, worst of all, the cheesy “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” inspired substitute for a tagline. As I learned [...]



Oscar Week: The Milk Posters

February 18th, 2009 at 11:07 pm » Comments (11)

The first time I saw the above poster I thought the background was a photo of actual milk being poured. Seemed like a lovely literal interpretation of something one wouldn’t expect to be interpreted literally. Well, it’s not milk. But I imagine the designer was conscious of the resemblance and got a kick out of [...]



Oscar Week: Frost/Nixon

February 17th, 2009 at 10:06 pm » Comments (0)

Frost/Nixon is basically an intimate, almost claustrophobic story. The poster takes a cue from that and shows us the the people at the center of this story. Nixon, swollen by shadows, and Frost in the light and looking decisive, almost angry. Honestly, its a little too claustrophobic for my own tastes. And yet, I can’t [...]



The International Poster

February 12th, 2009 at 8:41 pm » Comments (5)

Can I just point out that this poster for The International has two URLs? One scribbled in the middle and another one in the bottom. That is so confusing! To which one am I supposed to go? What seems to have happened here is that they took the original poster and decided to reuse it [...]



Crank 2 Gets a Final Poster

February 11th, 2009 at 8:46 pm » Comments (6)

Well, that looks … painful, mostly. This is apparently the final poster for Crank 2, which is a little disappointing because I was hoping for a few more cool teasers. I mean, we got this one, which was fine. But not only is it based on a poster for the original, it isn’t even based [...]



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