First, it was disgusting creature from outer space against disgusting creature from outer space in Alien Vs. Predator.
Then, it was foreign action star against foreign action star in WAR.
But now come the most exciting match up of them all. It’s brit versus brit in Sleuth.
Come see them drink tea and complain about the weather. In theaters everywhere October 12.
This poster for the film biography of Joy Division’s singer Ian Curtis takes the classic approach of showcasing the character at the center of the biography, and of focusing mostly on his face. This is not unlike what we saw in the Elizabeth: The Golden Age poster, for example.
Of course, this is the kind of approach that leads itself to endless fascinating variations, and I quite like this one. It’s a beautiful photograph that manages to be quite expressive. And the whole image sets somewhat dark mood which I think is probably appropriate for the subject matter. It’s not the kind of mood that is going to be appealing for everybody, but a movie about a guy who committed suicide at the age of 23 would never manage to have a very broad appeal anyway, no point pretending otherwise.
(Via Cinematical and Movie Marketing Madness)
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So here we have the surprisingly romantic and surprisingly earnest poster for Why Did I Get Married. And you know what? I kind of love it.
You might remember the teaser poster for this film, which was mostly composed of the title with the upside down interrogation point. This new poster keeps much of the look of that poster, but adds heart shaped photos of the characters and also offers some answers to the title’s question. You’ll probably need to see the larger version to make the text out, but to save you same time here are the answers the poster offers:
…because no one inspires me more.
…because we complete each others sentences.
…because two are stronger than one.
…because every moment we share is better than the last.
Awfully sappy and a bit cliched, isn’t it? And yet there is part of me that responds to that in a very positive way.
It’s very hard to see a poster, or any other movie related marketing material, that presents love and marriage in such an earnest and unflinchingly positive and romantic way. There is generally some humor, some drama or some cynicism attached, which serves both to attract men and to fend off any claims that the movie might be naive. So this approach surprised me. But even beyond that I guess it also connected with the more romantic and idealistic side of me.
As for whether this is a wise way to market the movie, I don’t know. My first impression is that this poster is likely to alienate most of the men and all of the teenagers, and it’s not even likely to really connect with most of the older women. But Tyler Perry is a true phenomenon, and one that i don’t really “get”. And I think he understands his audience much better than I ever possibly could, so perhaps this is exactly the right approach for a film by him to be taking.
3:10 to Yuma managed to take the first place in the box office this weekend. For some reason this made me curious about the original 3:10 to Yuma and I decided to seek out an image from the poster for that film. I was very happy to find the one above and the one below on movieposter.com.
It’s interesting to compare the new posters with the original ones. Despite going for an “old times” look, the new posters are obviously much sleeker and sharper looking. This once again reminds me that there is often a big difference between what we may register as looking like something from the past and what these things actually looked like.
I generally don’t do TV posters here, but I think this Family Guy one, for the season premiere episode, has just enough movie in it to make it relevant.
You know, after years and years of seeing Star Wars (and it’s posters!) being spoofed you would think that the novelty would wear off. And yet, they still crack me up.
I’ll let the press release do the talking for this one:
On behalf of Lionsgate, we are pleased to announce Ebay charitable auctions for several exclusive “3:10 TO YUMA” posters signed by Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, James Mangold, and Cathy Konrad benefiting The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. The winning bidders will receive studio certified posters signed by the cast and filmmakers along with a signed letter verifying their authenticity. Auctions begin today and will continue through the film’s opening weekend. Interested fans and collectors should be aware there are only a limited amount of posters available.
Included In This Package:
A Signed Poster from Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, James Mangold, and Cathy Konrad
A Hand Signed Letter from a Lionsgate Executive
So, if you are interested in a signed copy of the poster, this would be a good way to get it.
Just in case anyone missed the link above, the auction is here.
Ain’t It Cool News brings us this teaser poster for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. This is certainly one of my most anticipated movies right now, simply because I love Anderson. Magnolia and Boogie Nights are two of my favorite movies, ever. So I’m happy to see the guy finally work again, and I’m happy to start seeing posters for the film.
As for the poster itself, well, it’s a teaser, so it isn’t trying to show us much. I kind of like old book cover look. It indicates that this film takes place in the past, it is a subtle reference to the fact that the movie is somewhat based on a book and it is perhaps indicative of the tone that I’m imagining the movie will have. But it really isn’t much.