Movie Posters

Visual Representations of 15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

Have you ever felt like you’re seeing the same movie poster over and over again? Well, you are, in a way. As it turns out, film posters have several very simple tools (color, text size, figure placement, etc) to signify what kind of movie they’re advertising without you really even having to read its name or tagline. The ever-observant Roxane Gay linked to this article over at HTMLGiant, which led us to these incredible visual representations of some of the movie poster clichés and tactics that are reused over and over (and over) again, masterfully compiled and designed by Christophe Courtois. Click though to see fifteen incredibly repetitive movie poster design clichés, and let us know if you can think of any more! … Read More

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The Complete Saul Bass: Four Decades of Classic Movie Posters

In the forthcoming Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design, the first retrospective book on the master of film titles, movie posters and logo design, design historian Pat Kirkham dissects Bass’ work with the help of his daughter Jennifer Bass. In anticipation of the book, we’ve collected many of the film posters he designed (we know we said ‘complete,’ but there’s no way to really have a complete list unless you check out the book) for your browsing pleasure and design inspiration. Of course, some of these pale in comparison to their accompanying titles, so we must suggest taking a look at those as well. Some of these posters were never used, and some have become iconic symbols, but all reflect Bass’ incredible talent. Click through to see our extensive gallery of just about all the Saul Bass posters we could find. … Read More

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Wanted: Gorgeous New Posters for ‘Requiem for a Dream’

Requiem for a Dream is both a cult classic and an incredibly divisive film — some people think it’s a brilliant depiction of addiction and celebrity culture, while others dismiss it as emotionally manipulative. Although we tend to fall somewhere in the middle, we’re not at all ambivalent about this trio of new posters for the movie, created by the talented designers at Silver Screen Society (whose work we first explored back in May). The group’s other recent projects, which include posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Get Carter are also well worth checking out. … Read More

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Cool Faux-Vintage ‘Captain America’ Posters

When we first received these gorgeous, propaganda-style posters for this week’s Captain America: The First Avenger, commissioned by the Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo, we hesitated to share them — merely out of the fear that a post dedicated to them would amount to little more than a commercial for a big new release. Then we got a look at the movie itself, and figured what the hell, we’ll shill for it — since it’s a work of pure pop bubblegum pleasure, one of the most unabashedly enjoyable pictures in many a moon. (If it is outgrossed by Transformers 3-D, then Americans have lost their will to be entertained.)

One of the many ways that the film sets itself apart from its lesser comic-book movie brethren is in its unique period setting and distinctive production design; as you’ve probably gathered from the trailers, the bulk of the narrative is set in 1942, with Captain America taking on Hitler (specifically, a rogue wing of the Nazi army). That’s why these promotional posters in WWII propaganda art style, as devised by artists Olly Moss, Tyler Stout, and Eric Tan, are so ingenious — they not only promote the picture, but encompass its jazzy aesthetic. Check them out after the jump. … Read More

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Wanted: Retro '2001: A Space Odyssey' Ad Posters

Whether or not you believe 2001: A Space Odyssey is essential viewing, it’s hard not to appreciate the gorgeous retro-futurist design that sets the stage for Stanley Kubrick’s interplanetary head trip. Justin Van Genderen, who has already endeared himself to sci-fi-loving aesthetes with a series of Star Wars-inspired travel posters, has created a pair of ads for 2001‘s Orion III space plane and cinema’s most unforgettable computer, HAL 9000. Although these posters don’t seem to be on sale yet, you can buy reasonably priced prints of Van Genderen’s earlier work at Imagekind and Etsy. … Read More

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Alamo Drafthouse’s Cool New “Rolling Roadshow” Posters

Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse, arguably the greatest movie theater in the country, has spent the last couple of summers taking their show on the road, as it were, with the “Rolling Roadshow” series — classic movies shown for free in relevant settings, like last summer’s screenings of The Blues Brothers in Joliet, Illinois and Dirty Harry in San Francisco’s Washington Square Park. This year, they’re staying in Texas (though still taking their films out to their shooting locations). How, then, are those of us in the other 49 expected to enjoy the series? Well, we can enjoy the very cool custom posters designed for the series by artist Jason Munn. Check out all ten after the jump. … Read More

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Gallery: Film on Paper’s Crazy, Rare, Vintage Movie Posters

One of the many joys of the internet is that it caters to the hobbyist and obsessive in all of us, although admittedly few of us go to the lengths to which one Eddie Shannon, a UK-based designer, has gone with his pet obsession: film posters. Shannon has photographed all 1,500 of his movie posters and published them via his website, Film on Paper. Each poster has multiple detail shots as well as a heap of information about both poster and film. There’s some weird and wonderful artwork to be seen – apart from the instantly recognizable posters we’ve all seen a million times, Shannon also has a bunch of rare and often bizarre artwork for familiar films, along with crazy posters for films we’ve never heard of. We’ve selected a few of our favorite pieces of strangeness after the jump. … Read More

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Gallery: Polish Movie Posters for American Westerns

You may think Westerns are a wholly American phenomenon, but it turns out that foreign interpretations look pretty good too. Our pals over at the Rumpus turned us on to these amazing Polish posters for American Westerns created during the Communist era, and it’s fascinating to see these familiar, classic films considered and advertised in a completely strange and often seemingly incongruent way. Click here to see even more of these gorgeous posters, and if you still haven’t had enough, be sure to check out the book from which they hail, Western Amerykanski: Polish Poster Art and the Western. … Read More

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A Movie A Month, Redesigned, at Silver Screen Society

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

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Judging Countries By Their Covers: East vs. West Movie Posters

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

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