As you’ve perhaps noticed, we love to showcase the clever graphic artists who are revisiting classic films (from the distant and more recent past) and creating new posters with a more inventive bent than your typical studio one-sheet. The folks at Silver Screen Society have taken what they call a “book club” approach, selecting a film each month for their collective of designers and friends to take a crack at. The results are inventive, stimulating, and fun. It’s a fairly new site; they began in February, tackling 28 Days Later, followed by I Heart Huckabees in March, The Third Man in April, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? this month. We’ve selected some of our favorites after the jump; you can check out the growing collection on their Tumblr. … Read More
A couple weeks back, we took a side-by-side look at the US and UK book jackets for several of our favorite books to see if you could, indeed, judge a country by its covers. Then we got to thinking about the posters that different countries attach to American films that make their way to their shores; there’s plenty of classic Hollywood advertising iconography out there, but more often than not, studio marketing departments play it very safe when they’re advertising their movies (simple designs, big pictures of actors’ faces, etc.). Independent artists and designers are having quite a bit of fun nowadays taking an artier pass at classic movies’ posters, but what about foreign distributors? We recently stumbled upon Cruzine’s brief history of the film posters of Poland and Czechoslovakia, complete with wonderful examples. Join us after the jump to check out how the East saw the films of the West, and which designs we prefer. … Read More
UK illustrator Dan Sherratt is one of the most gifted of the current crop of graphic artists who are bringing modern tools and concepts to the movie poster format, creating eye-catching new art for classic pictures and modern favorites. The prolific artist posts regularly at eatsleeplivefilm.com and at his own Shop Reworking Titles blog, in addition to being a featured artist at Reelizer. Dan’s latest series really caught our eye: it’s an inventive trio of posters for the films of Christopher Nolan. Check them out after the jump, along with some of our other favorites from Sherratt’s sites. … Read More
Somewhere out there, in the cosmos, there’s a universe far better than ours. It’s a place where Russ Meyer directs Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne in Kill Bill and Ronald Reagan stars as Big Brother in 1984, where Angelina Jolie takes the role of Little Alex in A Clockwork Orange and the cast of John Frankenheimer’s Watchmen includes Lenny Bruce, Peter Fonda, and Brigitte Bardot. In this faraway Valhalla, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall helm a film adaptation of Futurama, directed by Tim Burton.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the technology to travel there. But a brave soul named Sean Hartter has somehow gotten his hands on some its dispatches — and he’s selling them for pretty reasonable prices! Check out a gallery of Hartter’s alternate-universe movie posters after the jump. … Read More
They say the clothes make the man, but sometimes the clothes make the movie. Dress the Part is an awesome set of movie posters based on famous film characters’ iconic style choices. The minimalist posters were designed by Moxy Creative, with illustrations by James Alexander Mathers and Andrew Lau. Have a favorite? You can buy prints at Moxy Creative. Click through to take a look — you’ll be surprised how many you’ll recognize right off the bat thanks to a few sartorial clues. … Read More
Courtesy of artist Tim McCool at our blogfriend Hyperallergic comes a wishlist of artist biopics, complete with mash-up movie posters. They are amazing, and not just because we are on-the-record art history nerds. Pollock was worthy Oscar bait, Vermeer-vehicle Girl with the Pearl Earring was less so, and hey! Anyone remember Basquiat? That wasn’t bad. But what if Meryl Streep co-starred with squiggly glass artist Dale Chihuly in a riff on Julia & Julia? Yes. Just, yes. Click through to see McCool’s artiest film imaginings and give us your best suggestions for other movies in the comments.… Read More