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"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!" Ahh the classic comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The famous Castro Theatre in San Francisco recently held a 4K screening of the Stanley Kubrick film, and in honor of the event they commissioned a series of posters from Spoke Art. I first came across this art on Facebook and immediately stopped as my jaw dropped. These are two of the best posters I've ever seen for this film. While that certainly is hyperbole, it all depends on your own design sensibilities. To me, these are almost perfect, love 'em. See both below.
After commenting on the disappointing run of posters for Ender's Game along with the release of a heavily Photoshopped UK quad for the sci-fi film, we have some truly impressive artwork that was almost used for a couple big films from years ago. Former movie poster designer Alex Griendling recently sat down with Film.com about the movie poster design industry, and along with their wholly interesting conversation about the process itself (which you should read in full), he also sent some examples of some poster designs for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island and Zack Snyder's Watchmen that didn't make the cut. See below.
"They're all going to laugh at you." Time for something a little bloody. Our friends at art/design house Odd City Entertainment have debuted their latest poster art for the original Brian De Palma-directed Carrie from 1976 starring Sissy Spacek. While we're getting an updated take on Carrie later this year (watch the new trailer), this is for the original horror film that started it all nearly 40 years ago. Odd City's own Chief Creative Director, Jessica Deahl, designed this poster as her first Odd City screen print. "She is an enormous talent and pays extreme attention to detail." You will definitely want to see this if you're a big fan of Carrie.
"We cross and re-cross our old paths like figure-skaters." Whoa! Even a year later, I am still preaching high praise for Tom Tykwer & The Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas, which I've watched multiple times on Blu-Ray since it was released. The film is slowly earning a cult following and the best part of that kind of following means that we're starting to see some incredible artwork for the film. Earlier this summer I bought a Cloud Atlas print by Alex Tuis from Bottleneck, one of the first prints I've ever seen for this movie. Now one of our favorite artists, Paul Shipper, has created a nice trilogy of posters for an upcoming Hero Complex Gallery show. Beyond the Marquee posted the gorgeous prints online for our viewing pleasure. See all three below.
In case you've forgotten, the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz is coming back to theaters later this month, but will be presented for the first time in IMAX 3D for just one week before the 75th Anniversary Blu-Ray hits shelves later. Now the collectible arthouse Mondo is getting in on the action with an awesome new print from Graham Erwin featuring the yellow brick road traveling quartet. The 24″x36″ screen print in an edition of 275, and unfortunately, the print has already sold out, but we thought it was still pretty cool. Plus, everyone should be remindedto see The Wizard of Oz in theaters all over again or for the first time!
Just last month we learned the buzzed about indie Escape from Tomorrow, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January was surprisingly heading to theaters courtesy of Producers Distribution Agency (in partnership with Abramaorama and FilmBuff) starting October 11th at New York City’s IFC Center and a VOD release on a variety of outlets. The film was secretly shot at Disney World, and it was thought the House of Mouse would stop the film from getting released. Now the film is moving full steam ahead with a hype machine that kicks off with this clever but misleading poster using a recognizable cartoon hand covered in blood. But the film isn't animated and has nothing to do with the implied character. Look!
Every once in a while, a film will choose to take the path less traveled and use unique poster art that eschews Photoshop and goes for aesthetic beauty instead. Here we have the TIFF promo poster for Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins' We Gotta Get Out of This Place, a twisted Texas-set crime drama about three teens (Mackenzie Davis, Jeremy Allen White and Logan Huffman) hoping to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in their cotton-mill town. The poster features hand-painted artwork by Eisner Award winning artist Sean Phillips that's just gorgeous. This film is now on our festival radar thanks to this art.
Though most movies based on video games don't really live up to their potential, the adaptation of Super Mario Bros. from 1993 is the one widely regarded as one of the worst of all-time. The film does have a certain cult classic following, but there's no denying the film is a pretty epic disaster. However, comic book artists Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss decided the fan following was a good enough reason to put together a comic book sequel to the film, complete with insights from screenwriter Parker Bennett, who left the end of the film open with a vague cliffhanger that indicated more adventures were on the way.
The remarkable story of a beautiful mind. One of the many documentaries this year profiling one of the remarkable minds of this world is titled simply Hawking, about the planet's most famous living scientist Stephen Hawking. This first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier in the year and has a September release date in the UK, but no US release set yet, unfortunately. Our friends from the UK recently got their hands on the new quad poster for Hawking, promoting the upcoming theatrical release on the other side of the Atlantic. It's a cool poster for a doc I'm already anxious to see. Hopefully it's as good as the quotes claim.
Leading up to the release of The World's End tomorrow, we've been all about The Cornetto Trilogy from director Edgar Wright, featuring artwork and movie marathon information for fans to enjoy all day today. Following a cool poster from Comic-Con and another from Alex Pardee, not to mention all the art from Gallery 1988 honoring Wright's film and TV work, we have one final poster coming from the collectible arthouse Mondo and frequently featured artist Kevin Tong, who made a poster for the Alamo Drafthouse's triple feature with Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The poster goes on sale at MondoTees.com, tomorrow but you have to follow @MondoNews on Twitter to know exactly when. Check it!
Any cinephile would do anything to get their hands on Guillermo del Toro's sketchbook. Part of the filmmaker's development process includes writing and drawing in his personal sketchbook, and that's where a lot of the settings, monsters, characters and more take shape before turning into movie magic. Some special features on Blu-Ray and DVD releases of his films have shown some of the sketches in his little book, and now a cool collection of images have made their way online with early art for films like Hellboy, Blade II, The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth and his most recent release Pacific Rim. Photos below!
After featuring some artwork commemorating the Cornetto Trilogy, not to mention a grotesque illustrated poster for The World's End, director Edgar Wright gets even more art paying tribute to his career with Gallery 1988's Official Edgar Wright Art Show in Los Angeles. While we've previously only featured pieces honoring the films of the aforementioned trilogy, this art show also has works that pay tribute to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the cult classic TV series "Spaced." Some pieces even pay tribute to all the work Wright has done on film and TV, most with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on display.
Since the Cornetto Trilogy from director Edgar Wright is also known as the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, it should be no surprise that The World's End has just as much blood as the previous installments Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. However, as the spectacular trailer has indicated, the blood is a little more like ink. And a very detailed new poster for the sci-fi comedy action film starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan has surfaced with some twisted but gorgeous artwork from Alex Pardee. Also, check out more art and trilogy screenings nationwide right here.
We just featured some cool fan art for the Cornetto Trilogy from director Edgar Wright to highlight the nationwide marathon screenings of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End next week. Now we have some other cool artwork paying tribute to films from the past, but in a very unique and stylish manner. Using the typography and visual style of film title treatments and posters mixed with quotes from the movie themselves, Brazilian designer and illustrator Bily Mariano Da Luz, aka “Butcher Billy,” put together these posters which, "visually represent the movies’ quotes, soundtracks, colors and typography."