This Week in Movie Posters: A Hollywood Cop Out

Here we go again on another beautiful Friday afternoon (it’s raining in Austin) with a quick edition of This Week in Movie Posters. I say quick, because this wasn’t a great week for movie posters, but there are a few notables. The season for great posters should start to heat up here in the next few months, as character posters and theatricals for the major summer tentpoles will be on their way.

In addition to this week’s selections, I would also like to direct your attention to the 2009 IMPAwards Movie Poster Awards, which will name the best and worst movie posters from last years. The nominees are available here and winners will be announced on Monday, January 18th. I will bring you the announcement on Monday. But for now, check out the nominees. A few of my favorites are in there, including the theatrical poster for Pixar’s Up (nominated for Best Poster) and the teaser for the FX show Rescue Me (nominated in the TV category).

Now, on to this week’s selection. Click any of the posters to enlarge.

Cop Out – Tagline of the Week

What is it saying about the film? Warner Bros. understands that there’s something too this tongue-and-cheek marketing approach, especially after changing the name of Kevin Smith’s movie from A Couple of Dicks to Cop Out. And the tag “Rock Out with Your Glock Out” is chuckle-worthy, indeed. Hopefully the changes work, and a wider audience is reached. Also, here’s hoping the movie is funny (fingers crossed).

The Wolfman – A Basil Gogos Special Edition

Copyright: Basil Gogos, 2010. The artist is represented by and published by Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills, California.

In anticipation of the release of Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman, Universal commissioned famous artist Basil Gogos to create a limited edition print. It debuted on CHUD earlier this week, and we have a clean, non-watermarked copy for your viewing pleasure. There isn’t much to say about this other than it is quite stunning. For those interested, the CHUD piece also has a fascinating interview with Gogos, who is responsible for creating images of some of the most iconic movie monsters in history. If you’d like to win one of these prints, head over to the Wolfman Facebook Page.

Hubble 3D – Out of this World

Of all the movies we went through as we broke down our list of most anticipated of 2010, there’s one that keeps sticking with me that probably won’t make any list: Hubble 3D. Premiering at SXSW this year, this IMAX documentary (narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio) has nothing but potential. It could very well be the most beautiful cinematic experience of the year. That is, if it lives up to the beauty of the poster above.

The Crazies – Continually Creepy Campaign of the Week

What is it saying about the film? The poster campaign for this George Romero remake has been wonderfully creepy. And the posters above are three new character posters (click to enlarge), all welcoming you to Ogden Marsh. The locals are friendly, it appears. What do you have to worry about?

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Toe to Toe – Neat Indie Poster of the Week

What is it saying about the film? Gritty and intense. That’s what the poster is saying. The movie — or at least the version I saw at Sundance last year — is saying something different. The film hangs on poorly cut scenes over-stuffed with exposition, but the story overall is interesting. I would like to see a leaner cut of this movie, one that matches the energy seen in this well-designed poster.

The Scenesters – Killing Hipsters Is Fun

What is it saying about the film? Hey, look at us, we’re playing Slamdance. Next week, this Austin Film Festival ’09 premiere will take itself to Park City and make a run at Slamdance, the edgier sister festival of Sundance. I caught the movie at AFF, which tells the story about a crazed murderer who kills Chuck-wearing folks in a hip LA neighborhood, ironically. The film was rough — and was at times funny — but needed a surer set of hands in the editing room to make it move. This poster is pretty pedestrian, as well.

Mother – Deceptive, Unstoppable

What is it saying about the film? This poster doesn’t tell us much about Bong Joon-Ho’s Mother. We know from previous reports that it’s about a mother who will stop at nothing to find the man who has framed her son for a gruesome murder. Okay yeah, actually the poster does tell us that. This lady might not look intense, but I have a feeling that Bong Joon-Ho will make her intense. Just a thought…

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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