Solo: A Star Wars Story / posters

Something tells me that Emilia Clarke (and Woody Harrelson…) will be the best part of the movie.

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So now Disney and Lucasfilm are really that desperate huh? Yeah…smart. Provide no marketing for Solo: A Star Wars Story…then start blasting audiences with promotion for the four months before the film hits theaters on May 25th. We got the Super Bowl TV spot yesterday (See it here). Then today we get not only a teaser trailer (See it here) but also character posters. Check them out below:

Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany. It is directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Ron Howard.

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The Invisible Man by Jonathan Burton / posters

What a genuine and brilliant artwork. Thanks, Ryan!

Cinema and horror especially owe a lot to Universal’s monsters—they paved a legendary path through film, leaving an undeniably influential print on the genre starting way back in the early 1920’s. Universal went on a monster movie tear that lasted 30 years, spawning many of the genre’s most iconic movie monsters: The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and of course The Invisible Man, which is the focus of Jonathan Burton’s stunning piece.

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Postercraft

”Reprinting is shady if you say the image is limited edition.”

Kevin Tong creates these masterpieces directly from his head. No scetches. Just a long meticilous mind planning…

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“The Bride of Frankenstein”

Recently I’ve posted some awesome ”Robocop” posters… Kevin Tong was responsible for creating some of the most impressive of them, so I thought it would be interesting to share more of this Austin-based artist. Here’s an excerpt from his interview to Evil Tender:

– You have some awesome videos online that follow you through your process of creating your posters. Do you sketch heavily before you begin a piece? In the process video for the Mogwai poster it seems that you just begin by drawing, creating a perfectly designed poster from your head. Of course it is from your head, but is every element well plotted out before you start working in the final product? 

– Sketching, I really dislike sketching. Usually I go straight to final. The idea percolates in my head for a long time. I like to think and rethink it, but never put anything to paper until I feel I’m ready to start. I try out lots of ideas in my mind and if I forget an idea, it’s not worth drawing. Eventually, through survival of the fittest, the entire image is formed in my mind, so i just start working. A lot of the thinking occurs when I’m driving somewhere, cooking, or hanging out. I’m told I look really upset when I’m thinking of ideas.

Here are some of the final results:

 

Here’s the creative process behind one poster…

 

And the illustrator himself…Screenshot_20171125-141032

Visit Kevin Tong’s website, ”Tragic Sunshine”. There are basically megatons of graphic awesomeness.

Robocop mashup / posters pt 2

It’s a little known fact, but while scavenging for those marvellous “Robocop” posters I stumbled upon an impressive amount of a nasty fan fantasy…

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Robocop, Michael Fassbender’s model. Probably based on the rumours of Fassbender’s involvement in the 2014 remake.

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Did I just say impetious and vehement nasty in the beginning of this post?

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Sooner or later Robocop vs Terminator had to happen, if not on the big screen, then at least in the readers’ minds notebooks.

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The fattest terminator ever!

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Where is the Predator?

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Director: Zack Snyder. Screenplay: David S. Goyer, Chris Terrio. Starring: Ben AffleckHenry Cavill, Amy AdamsDiane LaneLaurence FishburneJeremy IronsHolly HunterGal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg. IMDb: 6.6. RT: 27%. My rating: 2.5/4. Budget: $250 mln. Box office: $873 mln. A mystery documentary on how to spend $300 mln and make a dull film.

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– We’re criminals, Alfred. We’ve always been criminals. Nothing’s changed.
(Batfleck’s rant)

So… here’s supposed to be a review of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and I would like to be honest with it – I have little to say this time. This poster expresses my emotions pretty well. Why so serious?!

Sure, this film received fare more hate it deserved, but… it is indeed pretty dull and boring. Not bad – it has a lot of spectacular moments, which is a must with a budget like this. Especially the final battle when Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman fight together against Doomsday.

And the new batsuit? It’s prettu cool! Although I don’t get why Batman needed shining eyes. There’s a lot of awesomeness in this film, which however stops the same moment as… the characters stop fighting and start talking! Hugging, moaming, kissing, put whatever you want here… oh, boy! It is so pretentious. Amy Adams was particularly annoying – nothing in common with her marvellous performance in “Arrival“.

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So the overall feeling I had after watching this was “meh”. That’s it. It’s much better than “Suicide Squad” which was just horrible (except for Margot Robbie, of course), but it’s still one big “meh”, especially because Zack Snyder can be a very good and creative director – I really adore “Watchmen“… and “300” was a visual feast, so “BvS” will be more or less enjoyable for anyone who enjoyes Zack Snyder’s films.

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Why so serious?

I don’t want to start ranting about how awesome were the 90-s blockbusters bla-bla-bla because every decade has its highs and lows and I hate this nostalgia bullshit, but productions like these really make me lose faith in Hollywood, especially taking into consideration how many useless remakes, sequels, reboots and other franchises-wannabe were released in last years. So far “Justice League“, the next installment of the DC Universe, doesn’t seem to be too convincing either.

The cast is theoretically superb (a selection of a dozen best actors Hollywood currently has, even for some secondary roles we have Jeremy Irons or Laurence Fishburne), but it doesn’t help. The characters are not believable and feel 2D. Totally wasted. Batfleck was nice, surely quite a convincing Batman (I still prefer Christian Bale though, as Affleck doesn’t have enough darkness in him for this role and often looks like a plumber billionaire), Jesse Eisenberg was largely criticized for this role (he played Lex Luthor, the main badass) but I thought his idiotic lines brought at least some humour in otherwise boring-to-death dialogues.

And Eisenberg was surely better than Jared Leto’s ridiculous Joker.

So the acting was… fine. Gal Gadot was particularly charming.

The writing was bad and I really felt sorry they had to say those lines. It’s like, you know, watching your favourite actors and really feeling ashamed for what they’re doing… Ever happened to you? As for the rest… The score was good. The visuals were awesome. But it doesn’t save the film. “BvS” can be summarized with one word – overcalculated. It is easy to feel that all the darkness in this movie was calculated and feels artificial, compared to Nolan’s trilogy.

The production wasn’t easy though and the film was in a development hell for years. Nothing really worth your attention here. The film is also a rare Hollywood blockbuster that has a R-rated Director’s Cut so I even included it on my list of all R-rated superhero movies ever released (44 titles!).

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You cannot fight the boring dialogues of this film.

The pacing and the editing are messy. Moreover, every 10-15 minutes the music becomes quiet, the camera stops jerking and the characters slow down and start throwing litres of pathos off the screen, talking about justice, love, delusion… Why?! The person responsible for these lines should be fired immediately. If someone removes these parts, it will be an awesome flick.

Yeah, literally cutting every scene when the characters open their mouths and just leaving the action scenes would make it a pretty cool film. Taking into consideration that there is really a lot of cool action, that movie would last at least an hour and a half, precisely enough for a cheesy 80-s action movie! Otherwise I …

Spectacularity: 3/4 (for the action scenes); 1/4 (for everything else)
Acting:  3/4
Directing: 3/4
Originality: 2/4
Pathos level 4/4
Final vote: 2.5/4

…but it is a perfect movie to watch when you’re cooking something, by the way. So each time when the characters start talking, you can take your eyes off the screen and concentrate on what really matters. Now I wonder whether “Justice League” can beat that?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / posters

This “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” poster is just a masterpiece… Unfortunately, I couldn’t find its author or a high-res printable version.

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And some other beautiful posters and artwork of this cult film.

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If anyone finds the the first poster’s author/high resolution version/where I can buy it, please let me know (the same goes for other posters) . It’s weird that so much beautiful artwork is done and then most of it just disappears without any trace even if one is willing to pay for it…

Apart from a couple of official posters which are lovely but just copy a famous scene, this is the only one I found for sale here on Amazon:

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M. Night Shyamalan / posters

Curious fact – M. Night Shyamalan co-wrote “Stuart Little“. Yes, that 1999 movie about a talking mouse that grossed $300 mln and now is rated 5.9 on IMDb, released same year as “The Sixth Sense“. Since then he never did a comedy film again.

While doing recently “Top 17 Highest Grossing Horror Movies“, it was a nice surprise to find out that three movies on the list (“Sixth Sense“, “Signs“, “The Village“) were directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Yes, I did watch them but had no idea that all of them were that successful commercially, and must admit that I didn’t really follow his works in the late 2000-s (post-“The Village” films), like many of you, I suppose.

Now he made a commercially successful comeback with “The Visit” (I haven’t seen the film, but it grossed $98 mln on a $5 mln budget!) and – of course! – “Split” which was widely successful from all points of view and which I have yet to review, but one thing caught my attention while reading the film’s excellent review here – the posters.

The film was mostly promoted with these 2 posters…

…while there was in fact another artwork and I seriously think it may qualify as one of the best posters of 2016 because it explores the films idea just brilliantly:

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As for the rest of M. Night Shyamalan’s filmography, there weren’t so many impressive posters, but here are a few that I find curious:

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And one more thing. While I find the poster of “The Happenning” quite dull (the movie where Mark Wahlberg talks with a house plant, begging it not to kill him, just to find out it’s a plastic plant), there is one interesting detail that I noticed when the film was released but was subsequently removed the the marketing campaing (except for the Spanish poster).

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See those small white writings? It says “We’ve Sensed It” / “We’ve Seen The Signs”, making a clear reference to M. Night Shyamalan’s two other movies. It is just a marketing trick, obviously, but I haven’t actually seen many posters connected in some way to the previous movies of the same director.