It’s Friday, and that means that it is time to take a look at This Week in Movie Posters. It seems fitting this week that I was just reading a story about Quentin Tarantino saving the New Beverly theater in Los Angeles, one of the great little film geek spots in the world, as I’m also leading with some art for his latest film. Chances are that you’ve seen the Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds already, as it’s been all over the web. But if you haven’t you’re in for a treat. I found it via our friends a /Film, who have published a full gallery of posters from an art auction celebrating Tarantino’s Best Picture nominee. It is where we begin this week’s poster journey.
The Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds
Clicking on the image above will take you to a full gallery of Basterds art over at /Film. From various artists come a diverse set of poster interpretations, some very simple and some very intense. The one above is one of my favorite, of the intense variety. The whole set is part of an art show in Los Angeles at the Upper Playground Art Gallery, with proceeds going to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake. A worthy cause, some badass art. Nothing better, in my book.
The Crazies – Insanity is Spreading
For those keeping count, this will probably be the fourth week in the last six that we’ve mentioned The Crazies in this column. The marketing for this film has been sensational. Kudos to Overture Films for releasing posters that keep us interested in what’s happening down in Ogden Marsh. This poster is from the folks at Paramount, who are handling the international release. Very creepy, desolate streets and a little girl. Little kids will always help increase the creepy factor.
Get Him to the Greek – This Looks Naughty
Jonah Hill looks frightened. As well he should be, as right behind him is the scariest crazy British dude since Dudley Moore. And if Russell Brand’s intensity isn’t enough in this poster, there is certainly his insanity in the recently released Get Him to the Greek trailer. The trailer makes the film look rather energetic and fun. This poster doesn’t exactly have the same effect, but it will get people interested. It’s really nothing more than a play on the classic Apatowian single head poster — only this time, Russell Brand looks ready to murder Seth Rogen Jonah Hill from behind.
Kick-Ass – The Rise of Hit-Girl
Cute, adorable and deadly. Two of those words pretty much mean the same thing. But we’re letting that slide with this international Kick-Ass poster. Why? Because the movie will most likely rock our worlds this spring, so we’re giving the marketing department a little bit of wiggle room. Besides, this poster is just as interesting as the rest of them — there’s a 12-year old girl coming at you with a knife. What about that doesn’t make you want to see this movie?
How to Train Your Dragon – And Burn Holes in the Sky
I’m still not sold on this movie, Dreamworks. Perhaps it has something to do with their style of animated characters and the uncanny valley. Humans don’t look like Shrek, okay. Perhaps it also has something to do with the strange design of the dragons in this film. They look nothing like the dragons I fought in my viking days. Alas, I’m leaving judgment on the floor for now. This poster will suffice to get kids wanting to ride a dragon later this year.
Peer-to-Peer: Not Actually a Poster, But Still Great
I wanted to finish this week with a link to a really fascinating new interview series over on IMPAwards. It is called Peer-to-Peer and it focuses on the art of poster creation. The latest installment focuses on Key Art Photographer Frank Ockenfels, who works with studios to take the original photos of characters that will eventually be photoshopped into a poster. It’s a fascinating look behind the scenes of poster creation. You should check it out: Peer2Peer by Darryl Shelly