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"The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle." Every day is a good day to watch a Stanley Kubrick movie. And if you need any inspiration, this excellent poster set from Max Temescu should help give you an idea of what to watch. Max has designed a series of illustrated posters for 11 Kubrick movies, and I really love the designs. Sure, there have been plenty of great Kubrick posters over the years, but the work here is impressive. My favorites are the usual suspects: A Clockwork Orange, 2001 and Dr. Strangelove. See below.
Live and Let Spectre. Eon Production has unveiled the latest official poster for Sam Mendes' Spectre, the latest James Bond, and the fourth Bond starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. This time, Craig puts on a very daper white tuxedo standing with his pistol at the ready, in a classic James Bond pose front and center. To give this shot some context, they toss in that creepy skeleton guy in the background. My first thought is Live and Let Die, which is most likely the nostalgic connection they're going for. The result is a very eye-catching, appealing poster. And I can't wait to see the movie, too. I love the way they've been marketing this so far.
Nobody leaves. This poster rules! Thanks to a tip from our good friends @TheFilmStage, a new poster has debuted for Jeremy Saulnier's film Green Room. Saulnier is the filmmaker who brought us the breakout indie revenge thriller Blue Ruin, and this is his latest feature. It's about a young punk rock band, comprised of Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots (seen above), who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon some skinheads. The film is apparently extremely violent, but earned rave reviews at its Cannes premiere. Saulnier also got an upgrade on the cast - Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Mark Webber are all in this, too. That's probably why this isn't being pushed as a main poster, but damn is it still a fine poster.
The only person standing in your way is you. With Fantastic Fest coming up very soon, MondoCon will be hosting their 2nd annual expo also in Austin, Texas. One of the big items Mondo will be selling at their own Con this year is a brand new vinyl pressing of Clint Mansell's Black Swan gorgeous score, for Darren Aronofsky's film starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina. The score is actually Mansell's own interpretation of Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, which is also unfortunately why the Academy decided to disqualify the score from Academy Awards consideration, even though it was clearly one of the best scores that year. Those who are dying to get their hands on vinyl, especially music by Clint Mansell, you won't want to miss this.
After the end of the world she thought she was alone. She was wrong. Now playing in select theaters in the US is the post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama Z for Zachariah, starring Margot Robbie as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Set in a secluded valley following a nuclear holocaust, the film follows Robbie as a lone survivor keeping a farm maintained to survive. Suddenly she comes across Chiwetel Ejiofor, and takes him in. Later, Chris Pine finds them, and it becomes an interesting relationship at the end of the world. To promote the film's opening, Mondo has unveiled a new poster by artist Marc Aspinall. I always like seeing unique posters that imagine things differently. For example, the logo on this is cool. See this film! It's good.
Yes! Here it is, all of a sudden from the halls of D23, comes the first official poster for Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And it is artwork by Drew Struzan – the legend, the master of all posters, the one-and-only, the irreplaceable. The first photos showing up are coming from the D23 Expo where the poster is being handed out to lucky fans who happen to get there hands on one. The poster artwork features John Boyega as Finn (with lightsaber!!), Daisy Ridley as Rey, plus Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, each one brandishing a weapon. Harrison Ford as Han Solo also shows up, but no Chewie, oddly. I really like this poster, simple and sleek, what Struzan is best at. Wish I could get one. Another Star Wars legend returns.
These are stunning! Of course they're already sold out, but that doesn't mean we can't admire the artwork anyway. Bottleneck Gallery out of NYC and ACME Archives from California have partnered to launch this Lucasfilm-licenesed set of Star Wars Noir art prints by Macedonian designer Marko Manev. Manev is a well-recognized artist that has done impressive work for many pop art galleries in the past, but this set is exceptional. My favorites in this are the "Droids" and "Smugglers" prints, the other two (the Dark Side!!) are also gorgeous but I'm not sure I need to have them up on my wall to stare at every day. View in full below.
Artists everywhere, this is your moment to shine. Lucasfilm and HP have launched a new Star Wars art contest called Art Awakens. The contest runs for two months nationwide and is a fan-art competition in promotion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters this December. Amateur artists can submit their Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year. As a tease of what's to come at the actual exhibit, two pieces of art (by DKNG and Mark Englert) have been unveiled and can be seen below. They're already accepting entries.
"You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge." I just saw this film last night, and it's dope. No really, it's exceptional. Our friends at Fandango have debuted a new set of artistic posters designed by illustrators from Southern California made to promote F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, the story of N.W.A and the rise of many of the talented musicians from that era. The posters feature unique styles that highlight the five main talents - Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Dj Yella and MC Ren. Watching these five on screen is enrapturing because they're played with such bravado by an incredible young cast - O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr. and Aldis Hodge. I dig these posters - see below.
"I live, I die. I LIVE AGAIN!" Time to check your bank account balance. Mondo has announced a timed sale next week, meaning it will be very easy to get your hands on any of these prints if you really want one. The new prints are for Mad Max: Fury Road, licensed officially with Warner Bros, made by two different prominent veteran Mondo artists - Ken Taylor and Mike Mitchell. Mitchell's set features a face-to-face dyptich showing the new Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy, with this face mask on - looking across at the brutal Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne. The other print shows the war party chasing down Max on the front of the car in the beginning, with a beautiful blue sky in the background. I might end up actually ordering one of these myself, we'll see. Take a look at both prints below - on sale on August 11th.
It's that time of year again, already. The fall festivals are gearing up for their season, and one of the big ones is the New York Film Festival - about to celebrate its 53rd year. The festival has revealed their official poster for the NYFF53, designed by artist Laurie Anderson. The design features a striking piece of art contained within red borders, along with all the other text and info for this year's fest. Anderson joins a long list of prestigious NYFF poster artists including the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, and, last year's artist, Laurie Simmons. Take a closer look in full below.
Beware. Two gorgeous new posters for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming gothic horror Crimson Peak have been unveiled by Mondo at Comic-Con. Last week we featured a new set of character posters from Crimson Peak, now we have even more gorgeous dark red artwork to get you in the mood for the new original horror from Guillermo del Toro. (Thanks to SlashFilm on the tip.) Both of these posters are outstanding, and really seem to capture the feel of the ornate, creepy, gothic atmosphere in the film. The dude missing half his head is really the perfect creeper to invite you to come see a Guillermo del Toro ghost movie. View in full below.