“There are no cleans getaways”,”There are no laws left”,”You can’t stop what’s coming”. Well, I feel depressed already.
All kidding aside, I think that these new posters/banners/thingies for No Country for Old Men are quite interesting. They are kind of character posters where the most recognizable characteristic of each character, the face, doesn’t appear. And yet each poster manages to maintain it’s own identity.
The posters also reaffirms the dark tone of the picture and the bareness and desolation of the setting. They also reinforces the action elements of the film by having guns show prominently in each image. These elements aren’t going to be for everybody, but I like them and I think they give the movie a clear identity of it’s own.
So yeah, very interesting.
(Via solaceincinema.com. Thanks to Andrew for the tip.)
Two more countries have selected films to compete for the Foreign Language Oscar. Canada went with the Denys Arcand pic Days of Darkness and Singapore went with 881. And here are the posters.
This is the French poster for Days of Darkness (L’ Âge des ténèbres). The film will be released there next week, but it will still be a while before it makes its way into the U.S. and Canada, so they might come up with another poster by then.
And here is the poster for 881. Quite shiny, isn’t it?
JoBlo brings us this new poster for AvP, and it’s with much chagrin that I have to admit that I kind of like it.
After the first AvP turned out to be such a massive disappointment I promised to myself that I wouldn’t care about the sequel. And I still don’t, not really. But the image of earth with an Alien and a Predator gripping it did manage to get through to me and to remind me of why I was excited about the first film. I think it’s a great image, and certainly is something that can be used to build the campaign upon.
That said, the poster has too much open space. You have the main image at the top, and then the title and credits at the bottom, but nothing in between. I think this compromises the general look of the poster.
I also note that they decided to use the abbreviated title on the poster. Understandable, since Alien Vs. predator: Requiem is such a long title. But I’m still not sure I like it. AVPR isn’t exactly memorable.
I didn’t like the earlier Fred Claus posters, and I think I like this one even less. And I really don’t like what they say about the movie.
What is the problem? It’s Vince Vaughn in a tricycle, looking like a 5-year-old. It’s Giamatti’s overly theatrical expression. It’s all the elfs. It’s, in other words, the kind of humor that the poster is using. A humor that is quite silly, in a bad, kind of stupid way.
Of course, this is a matter of taste. I’m sure that there are going to be people out there who go crazy for Vaughn in a tricycle. And perhaps it will play really well with the young ones. But is not a kind of humor that appeals to me, and I think it is not the kind of humor that people who liked Vince Vaughn’s comedies so far are into.
But we’ll see.
So, apparently Sony is putting in motion a possible Fright Night remake. I’m not particularly interested in yet another remake of a beloved horror movie, but this news did remind me of how much I love the poster for the original.
Of course, I first encountered that image in the cover of the VHS, since I was too young to be aware of the theatrical campaign. But it still had quite an impact on young me, and it has been etched in my brain ever since. Such a great way of portraying the idea that there are some frightening things behind that normal looking house. And although it is scary (or at least I thought it was back then) it still manages to convey a certain sense of humor. Which not only makes for a more interesting image but also suits the actual movie quite well.
If the remake ever gets made I highly doubt they will manage to come up with a better poster. More polished perhaps, but not better.
This poster for I’m Not There resembles in some ways the poster for another film about a famous singer. Like the poster for Control, this one showcases the character at the center of the movie, using a beautiful photo that mostly focus on his face. But, like I said in the post about the Control poster, this is one genre that allows for endless fascinating variations, and I really love this one.
In the movie Bob Dylan is played by several actors, a very starking way to show that Dylan had many facets. I’m not sure which of the actors appears in the poster. Perhaps none of them? This is of course done on purpose: by covering Dylan’s face in shadows the image tips to the mystery that is the man himself. And the placement of the names of the many actors that play him is a clever way to point out that aspect of the movie.
And beyond that, it’s just a great photo, that manages to use well the fact that Dylan’s look is so iconic by now.
It seems awfully early to me, but several countries are already selecting their entries to compete for next year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The latest are Japan, which selected “I Just Didn’t Do It” and France, which selected “Persepolis”. And I know that right now you are wondering what their posters look like, right? Well, wonder no more.
First we have the poster for I Just Didn’t Do It, a courtroom drama that seeks to showcase flaws in the Japanese legal systems (or so I’m told). The poster is very clean, just the protagonist, a possibly wrongfully accused man, against a white background. Interesting, but I don’t love it.
And here is the poster for Persepolis, which is an apparently very serious animation about an Iranian girl that starts during the Islamic revolution. I quite like the poster, which showcases the distinctive style of the animation.
Thanks to Ryuganji and Cinematical for bringing these films to my attention.