Movie Posters

The best posters of Comic-Con 2014

Much of the press from Comic-Con comes in the form of descriptions of moving images. Everyone wants to hear about the footage being shown in the cavernous Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. But there’s so much more to the annual geek culture event, including plenty of great memorabilia releases, a slew of awesome comic art and panels (because what would Comic-Con be without actual comics) and some great film art, as well. Galleries such as Mondo, Bottleneck, Gallery Nucleus and even movie studios bring awesome poster releases to the event every year. To celebrate this explosion of art, we’ve rounded up the best and brightest of Comic-Con 2014′s movie poster selection.

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Under the Skin

As the folks at @A24Films pointed out on Twitter, the Scarlett Johansson-led sci-fi thriller Under the Skin is about a month away here in the United States. Director Jonathan Glazer’s latest is the story of an alien sent to Earth to seduce and capture human males, presumably for some sort of cosmic research project. Of course, her curiosity begins to get the best of her, leading to a number of unexpected consequences. The result is a sexy, mind-twisting alien thriller that’s already received a large amount of praise from critics and audiences at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, landing it on our own list of the 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014. Needless to say, we’re interested to see this one when it hits theaters on April 4. But first, A24 has released a brand new domestic poster featuring a bit of innuendo. As well, artist Neil Kellerhouse — who was responsible for the stunning posters of David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well as numerous other recent favorites — has created a number of Under the Skin posters in support of the film’s UK release this weekend. It’s all quite minimal, sensual and gripping. Prepare to be seduced and captured by Scarlett Johansson’s gams.

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Cavemen

It seems as if Herschel Faber‘s Cavemen just might have all the ingredients for the kind of traditional romantic comedy that the box office has been missing for quite some time now – after all, there’s a playboy (Skylar Astin) with a plan to finally go after true love in sunny Los Angeles (his playground, apparently), a cute nephew to inspire him, a gorgeous best pal (Camilla Belle) to help him, and also Chad Michael Murray, just around for some reason that doesn’t appear to involve the kind of basketball-playing and general mooning he exceled at on television’s One Tree Hill. While we’re fairly certain we know where this is going - cough cough, gorgeous best friend, cough - we’re also not opposed to seeing the star of Pitch Perfect stumble his way into true love, especially if that means kicking his caveman habits. The trailer for Cavemen will pop up some time today in iTunes. Cavemen will be in theaters and on VOD on February 7th.

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Titillation is to be expected. Perhaps some embarrassment, a blush, furtive glances. Revulsion comes second (and sometimes, not at all!). The recent marketing for Lars von Trier’s two-part Nymphomaniac hasn’t shied away from its subject matter in the slightest – the nudity, the orgasmic faces, and the bold tagline “FORGET ABOUT LOVE” are both bold and bruising – and the result is one of the most well-made and deeply disturbing marketing campaigns in recent memory. The excitement of seeing sex on the big screen is there, certainly, but so is the lingering sense that everything here is very, very wrong.  

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Lizzie Borden

Lifetime, the Network for Women Who Have Been Scorned and Are Going to do Something About it, Damnit, is at it again. With the channel’s new penchant for producing stunning, over-the-top biopics of trainwreck starlets and their old go-to of churning out stories about women in grave danger/psychosexual affairs, they have finally found the perfect hybrid in their latest creation: Lizzie Borden Took An Ax. As in, “gave her mother forty whacks,” Lizzie Borden, the woman technically acquitted of brutally slaying her father and stepmother with a hatchet in the summer of 1892, but history and Lifetime don’t really care about that detail. This movie will be about Borden the murderer, with Christina Ricci doing the honors of bringing the long-dead killer back to life on the small screen; as that truly, truly beautiful tagline says — “it’s time to bury the hatchet.” Since this is Lifetime, the poster has Borden re-imagined as a sultry murderess in an off-the-shoulder nightgown with just the cutest smattering of blood on the hem, but looking at Ricci’s coy face and the drag of the ax means that there’s going to be some quality campy murder happening here.

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Believe or Whatever

Before the Beliebers come out in force, let’s preface this – if you are going to hit your local multiplex to check out Jon M. Chu’s upcoming Justin Bieber’s Believe, not only do you already know it, the film is probably already at the very top of your list for end-of-year movie-going and you might have already pre-purchased your ticket for the first available showing. Put simply – if you’re going to see Justin Bieber’s Believe, you are a fan of Justin Bieber, and no amount of marketing will noticeably lessen or increase your interest in the film. Conversely, if you are not a fan of Justin Bieber, no amount of marketing will noticeably lessen or increase your interest in the film. You’re just not going to go. A few posters and trailers are not going to change that. Music’s current crop of pop acts (and even some not-so-current, sorry, Jonas Brothers) has made big business of churning out concert docs that are one part actual concert footage, one part “documentary,” and three parts total hype. These are films that can make an upwards of $70m at the box office (Bieber and Chu’s previous concert doc, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, tops the chart with a respectable $73m box office take) based on fan interest alone. They don’t need posters. And that’s probably why most of these things are so terrifically ugly.

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Over two years ago, word surfaced that the ever-delightful Paz De La Huerta would be starring in a movie called Nurse 3D, and a stunningly NSFW poster was released to go along with film. Featuring the fully-nude star drenched in blood, the poster was a teaser of what viewers would be seeing in Doug Aariniokoski‘s film – Nurse Abby Russell, a dedicated nurse by day, a vicious (sexy) killer who preys on cheating and “dishonest” men by night. The film got shelved, but is now poised for a 2014 release, and with it comes a new poster. This time around, the good nurse Russell is decidedly more covered up. Still dripping sex (but not blood) in a latex nurse’s uniform, she’s riding a blood-filled hypodermic needle like the bomb from Dr. Strangelove. It’s stylish, but also maybe indicative of her ride into crazytown when another nurse starts getting suspicious, and she must figure out how to outsmart her.

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We’re still a ways away from the Muppets’ latest caper, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a glimpse at their version of world domination. Hint: it’s pretty jovial. The first poster for James Bobin‘s Muppets Most Wanted features the whole crew hanging out with the human companions they have deemed worthy enough to exist in their presence: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.

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The new film from Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies) arrived on the festival circuit this fall to, unsurprisingly, rave reviews. And you can see some of that praise on the official one sheet, which I’m happy to premiere above. I saw the film via the New York Film Festival and reviewed it with some positive words of my own, calling it “another exceptional documentary from Wiseman…one of his sharpest and most resonant thematic works.” At Berkeley is a film, well, at Berkeley, as in the University of California school (that’s its iconic Sather Gate in the one-sheet). It’s not necessarily about the institution so much as it is a documentary of it. At around four hours in length, Wiseman manages to fit a lot of the place and what goes on there, but it’s not a college tour. It’s a setting, through which we observe and consider current financial issues with higher education, particularly public universities, among some other less prominent things that caught the filmmaker’s attention. Like a play about Facebook. And biology students dissecting birds. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND SEE THE FULL ONE-SHEET AT NONFICS

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Isn’t it always great to see your family? Don’t you just want to give your parents a call right now and hear what they’ve been up to and also hear at the same time about how you never call? Mmm, guilt. Take a little solace in the fact that whatever you and I are dealing with back at the ranch isn’t as bad as the Weston family’s situation in John Wells‘ August: Osage County. The adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play isn’t hitting theaters until December 25th, but it’s gaining steady buzz for the awards season track up until its premiere.

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Wes Anderson

If there is one thing that filmmaker Wes Anderson excels at (and, yes, he excels at more than just one thing – but this is a poster appreciation piece, not a Wes Anderson appreciation piece, though there’s always time for that later), it’s infusing his films with playful, colorful, and creative imagery, and his ability to do that has only gotten better with time (remember those wonderful YA books from Moonrise Kingdom?). Yesterday’s release of the first poster for his upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel only speaks to Anderson’s apparent interest in crafting visually rich films that carry over their aesthetic to every piece of related marketing. That’s a florid way of saying that we love that damn poster and we can’t way to see more from the film in that same vein. But until we get more Andersonian posters (perhaps another character poster run, like the charming set from Fantastic Mr. Fox?), we’ve still got plenty of old work to flip back through and admire. Sure, things might have been rough (well, poster-wise) in the beginning of Anderson’s career, but they’re pretty stunning right now. Anderson’s films have, of course, also sparked plenty of alternate poster art – from home video cover art to fan-made one sheets to special edition pieces from established artists – but for this appreciation, we’re going straight theatrical. It’s like being back in the halls of your local multiplex! After the break, take a look at our totally subjective, wholly unscientific ranking of thirteen theatrical movie posters for Wes Anderson’s […]

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The poster for Wes Anderson‘s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a pretty little thing. And there’s no dispute that it’s one of his films; the poster has the trappings of an Anderson production written all over it. The intricate, palacial hotel looks like a dollhouse nestled in a storybook with a rickety but charming marquee spelling out the title. The only way this would be more Andersonian is if the front of the hotel was removed so you could see what all of the guests were doing in each of their rooms on every floor. I’m assuming that will happen at some point during the movie, though.

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No, you don’t need to adjust the prescription on your glasses; your vision is just fine. It’s the posters for Richard Ayoade‘s The Double, featuring stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, that are a bit off. The Double, based on the Fyodor Dostoevsky novella of the same name, centers on the meek Simon James, whose world is turned upside down with the arrival of his doppleganger. Everything Simon is not, the doppleganger takes over his life, sliding into his job and wooing his girl without anyone even remembering Simon existed. Watch the trailer here.

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In case you haven’t heard, Lars von Trier‘s new film Nymphomaniac is about sex. What, the title didn’t give it away?  The film made infamous by Shia LaBeouf‘s claims that he’s *stage whispers* actually having sex on camera, has been rolling along steadily on the NSFW path since von Trier announced the project. And with these fourteen positively orgasmic character posters just released, it doesn’t seem like that will be stopping any time soon.

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american hustle poster bradley cooper

During the production of David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, the public was been concerned with one thing, and one thing only: Bradley Cooper‘s perm. And rightfully so. Though the trailer and some stills have shown it off in context of the film, new character sheets are letting us get a look at the thing up close and personal, along with rest of the cast in all their seventies glory. American Hustle focuses on the infamous ABSCAM operation, in which a con artist (Christian Bale) and his mistress/partner in the scam (Amy Adams) are forced to team up with a federal agent (Cooper) to catch other criminals. But because this is the seventies, there is a whole lot of debauchery and side-boob going on to distract them from their goals.

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Ass Backwards

Kate (June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (Casey Wilson) are best friends who support each other unconditionally. And why shouldn’t they? They’re gorgeous, talented, and crazily successful (well, Kate’s an egg donor and Chloe’s a go-go dancer) living it up in New York City. And in Chris Nelson‘s Ass Backwards, to really drive home the fact that they’re not the girls they were when they left their small town, they’re going to enter – and win – the beauty pageant they lost as little girls. Haha, suckers. Check out the first trailer for yourself here:

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Gravity

Gravity, All is Lost and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty are all getting fall releases and all jockeying for some of that sweet, sweet Oscar goodness, so it’s only natural that we let the posters for all three films do the same. Of the three Gravity is the frontrunner here by far. George Clooney‘s nose is a thing of beauty, sure. But the other two are fairly cut-and-paste: start with the lead actor, then insert him into the film’s setting (whether that setting is the open sea or Ben Stiller‘s limitless imagination).

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How I Live Now

Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) is having a particularly rough summer for your average teenager. Sent to live with relatives in the UK, she’s having trouble fitting in to her strange surroundings until she falls for a neighborhood cutie who may also be her own cousin (George MacKay). But their young love is short-lived when an apocalyptic war breaks out in the once-peaceful nation, tearing their relationship, and their lives apart. Now, would you get any of that from this one-sheet for How I Live Now? The film, from Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland), is based on a highly popular YA novel by Meg Rosroff that is apparently all the rage with the tweens and their twerking and their emojis and One Direction and what have you. But besides showing a defiant Daisy dressed way too cool for school (and looking like someone who probably would have never talked to me in high school), the poster doesn’t reveal much. Unless, of course, that orange haze and lens flare is from a bomb casually dropping behind her. In which case, damn Daisy. That’s a bold move to be bored by warfare. Do you think that attitude is what got her sent to the UK in the first place?

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Kill Your Darlings

Call me a pessimist, but I doubt that Daniel Radcliffe will ever free himself from the shadow of Harry Potter. He’s yet to have a role bigger than that of the bespectacled teen wizard (and it’s doubtful that he’ll ever find one), but he’s also never had a role that proves his wizarding success was due to his acting ability and not just his resemblance to the kid on the “Harry Potter” book covers. Kill Your Darlings might be a revelation, but it might also be one more step in Radcliffe’s march from under the towering presence of so much whimsical witchcraft and wizardry. In the film’s debut poster (which you can see below), it’s clear we’re supposed to be seeing an older, wizened man, still wearing the same glasses (Radcliffe is playing the bespectacled Allen Ginsberg, so it’s not like he could just swap them out for contacts) but hardened by the passage of time.

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Everybody’s favorite Asgardian brothers are prominently displayed in two new posters for Thor: The Dark World, courtesy of Marvel. The two posters, which separately feature Thor and Loki, are kind of a breath of fresh air after the last poster, which crammed every single character from the last film plus a thousand bolts of lightning into the frame. Marvel is giving the people what they want, which is a whole bunch of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. The Loki poster does a fantastic job capturing the character’s essence as Hiddleston sits in golden ruins with a mischevious grin on his face while fire rains down from the sky behind him. What did he just do?? More importantly – why is Thor’s hammer Mjolnir sitting in the bottom righthand corner with no Thor in sight? At first glance, the Thor poster (which you can see after the break) is just an unstoppable ball of epic energy. Look at the lightning bolts. He’s flying through the sky to throw his mighty hammer down. But take a second look at that face. Thor is so uninterested in whatever is going on in this scenario. Thor is having an existential crisis mid-air.

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