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Must Have Sounded Good When High: Marmaduke Edition

I have basically been very disconnected from movie news for the last few months, but I still try to at least keep up with the posters coming out whenever I can. This leads to some interesting moments when I find out a certain movie is being made by seeing its poster. Not having any other information regarding said motion picture, I’m able to experience it clean and form an opinion on the movie based only on the poster.

In this particular case my reaction to the movie, based on the poster is: “What the f@$#, they are doing a Marmaduke movie? Really?”. Upon further inquiry it seems they indeed are making a Marmaduke movie. One in which he surfs, apparently.

Maybe if I see a trailer it will all make sense too me. But right now this seems like a classic example of taking a somewhat beloved property that is not cinematic in the least and trying to shoehorn it into a movie. Which will cost way more than it should.

Could the poster have done a better job of selling the idea to me (or to someone more likely to enjoy this type of movie)? Maybe. But honestly, I’m not sure how. I think the rot in this case comes from the core idea of the film itself.

(Via IMPAWards)

Separated at Birth: Inkheart and Bedtime Stories


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Two films about fantastic stories that come to life? Oh, it’s on. Although since one film has Adam Sandler and the backing of Disney and the other has Brendan Fraser I’m guessing it won’t be much of a fight.

I do think the design in general and the fantastic images in particular of the Inkheart poster are more interesting than those of the Bedtime Stories poster. But Bedtime is more clearly focused on appealing to kids, they are obviously chasing the young kids/families demographic. The target demographic for Inkheart is a bit less clear, but I think they might be trying to reach more teenagers. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I don’t think it will be very successful at that.

(Via Yahoo! Movies and IMPAwards)

City of Ember Poster

City of Ember Poster

I find the experience of seeing a poster for a film I know nothing about very interesting. It doesn’t happen very often, which is too bad, because it’s nice to see a poster like someone who is not as aware of movie news might see it. It also allows me to experience the poster purely for the poster, without all the baggage that comes from knowing the story, the cast, the director, etc.

All that is a long way of saying that I hadn’t heard of City of Ember before I saw this poster. And now that I have seen it … I still know nothing about City of Ember. And I’m in no rush to find anything more about it.

As a matter of fact, if I hadn’t decided to write this post I probably wouldn’t have looked Ember’s story up. Now that I know that the movie is set on an underground city that seems doomed since the huge generator that provides its lights is failing I think I understand the poster a little better. A little.

I know that this is an early teaser poster. But still, unless we are talking about a huge property even teaser posters should tell something about the movie. Not much, but enough to get people interested. And they definitely should try to have a striking image or two that people can connect to. This poster has none of that.

And it’s also very brown, which is turning out to be my least favorite poster color.

(Via Cinematical)

The Semi-Weekly Round Up: Russian Speed Racer, The Promotion, Familiar Strangers, Final You Don't mess With Zohan Poster, High School Musical 3

Russian Speed Racer Poster

Speed Racer Russian Poster

CTAPT! That’s a pretty long way to say Go. Of course, I have no idea how it’s pronounced so maybe it’s really brief when people actually speak it.

As for the poster, it’s not as good as most of the Speed Racer poster, but it’s still kind of cool in the way it embraces the wackiness of the visuals and the action and creates a surreal image out of it.

The Promotion

The Promotion Poster

Hey look, it’s two actors who are great supporting players but don’t generally quite cut it as leading men! Also, there is the title being incorporated into the image in a way that makes it seem like the actors are holding it. Which, much like the rest of the poster, is sort of funny. I guess.

Familiar Strangers

Familiar Strangers Poster

So obviously trying to position the movie as a quirky family comedy (It’s like Little Miss Sunshine! And Juno!). And yet, I still find it sort of adorable. Interesting wallpaper too.

Final You Don’t mess With the Zohan Poster

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan Poster

Once again a poster that makes us notice Sandler’s crocth. Less so than the last one, but still way too much.

High School Musical 3

High School Musical 3 Poster

If I hadn’t been told that this was going to play in theaters I would have though that this was a very nice TV poster.

The idea of making the third movie in this series a theatrical experience befuddles me. But then again the success of HSM was already pretty shocking to me, so I guess I just don’t get it.

The Last Mistress

The Last Mistress Poster

I don’t know why exactly, but I find myself really liking this poster. Feels very intriguing somehow.

What Happens in Vegas

What Happens in Vegas Poster

This poster actually has a nice, clear image that makes WHiV look like it might be a sweet romantic comedy involving gambling. But it fails to have the faces of Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz splashed all over it, which probably means we won’t be seeing much of it around. Too bad.

Posters via IMPAwards, Cinematical, WildAboutMovies and moviesoonhk.com

The Semi-Weekly Round Up: Russian Speed Racer, The Promotion, Familiar Strangers, Final You Don’t mess With Zohan Poster, High School Musical 3

Russian Speed Racer Poster

Speed Racer Russian Poster

CTAPT! That’s a pretty long way to say Go. Of course, I have no idea how it’s pronounced so maybe it’s really brief when people actually speak it.

As for the poster, it’s not as good as most of the Speed Racer poster, but it’s still kind of cool in the way it embraces the wackiness of the visuals and the action and creates a surreal image out of it.

The Promotion

The Promotion Poster

Hey look, it’s two actors who are great supporting players but don’t generally quite cut it as leading men! Also, there is the title being incorporated into the image in a way that makes it seem like the actors are holding it. Which, much like the rest of the poster, is sort of funny. I guess.

Familiar Strangers

Familiar Strangers Poster

So obviously trying to position the movie as a quirky family comedy (It’s like Little Miss Sunshine! And Juno!). And yet, I still find it sort of adorable. Interesting wallpaper too.

Final You Don’t mess With the Zohan Poster

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan Poster

Once again a poster that makes us notice Sandler’s crocth. Less so than the last one, but still way too much.

High School Musical 3

High School Musical 3 Poster

If I hadn’t been told that this was going to play in theaters I would have though that this was a very nice TV poster.

The idea of making the third movie in this series a theatrical experience befuddles me. But then again the success of HSM was already pretty shocking to me, so I guess I just don’t get it.

The Last Mistress

The Last Mistress Poster

I don’t know why exactly, but I find myself really liking this poster. Feels very intriguing somehow.

What Happens in Vegas

What Happens in Vegas Poster

This poster actually has a nice, clear image that makes WHiV look like it might be a sweet romantic comedy involving gambling. But it fails to have the faces of Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz splashed all over it, which probably means we won’t be seeing much of it around. Too bad.

Posters via IMPAwards, Cinematical, WildAboutMovies and moviesoonhk.com

New International Posters for Prince Caspian

Narnia: Prince Caspian Poster

We had already seen two posters for Prince Caspian, both of them compositions that gave us a general sense of all the stuff that goes on in the epic. Today we have three new posters that focus on particular characters and settings. We have the prince against a forest, the kids in some sort of ruins and some dude in a mask leading and army.

I guess the posters are nice. Each allows us to focus more clearly on the characters and settings than the previous posters did. And in conjunction they still give a good idea that this is a big story that goes through some cool looking places and features lots of players, both new and old. The posters are also generally sunny and bright enough to be attractive to the kids, even tough the characters all have very serious expressions.

But is just me or does Caspian, played by Ben Barnes, looks like the most dull thing ever in the posters? His expression is so stilted. The funny thing is that he didn’t seem nearly as bad in the footage I have seen so far. Perhaps he just doesn’t do still photographs well.

Or maybe it’s just me.

(Via BadTaste.it)

Narnia: Prince Caspian Poster
Narnia: Prince Caspian Poster

New The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Poster

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Poster

So here we have the second poster for Prince Caspian, and it’s very consistent with the first poster. We have essentially the same colors and they are similarly distributed in the poster in a way that by itself would make the connection to the first poster obvious. Quite a strong unique visual identity they achieve just with that. We also have Caspian front and center once again.

What is different about this poster is that it packs a lot more in the background and around the edges, and as a whole is a lot more action oriented. Instead of Caspian with his arms crossed we have Caspian pointing his sword towards us. Instead of an army calmly marching in a corner we have a few soldiers trapped in a bridge that is being destroyed by ferocious and apparently magically controlled waves. Instead of Aslan quietly looking towards infinity we have …. well, Aslan quietly looking towards infinity. Man, nothing fazes that dude.

I like this poster for many of the same reasons that I liked the first poster. It reminds people of the first movie but also make this seem like a progression from that, especially by making it look like the action will be more intense and satisfying. And that is exactly what this film, which will already have a pretty huge built-in audience, needs. But I also feel that this poster is similar to the first to the point of making the earlier one pointless. This is not so much a different poster as it is a better version of that one.

(Via Ain’t It Cool News)