While most of us have never heard of this film yet, I have a feeling by the end of the year we'll all be talking about it. Premiering at SXSW this weekend is a film titled The Mule, co-written by Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell (you may known them as Specs & Tucker from Insidious), co-directed by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony. The story is about a drug "mule" taken into custody in 1983 by Australian Federal Police, who refuses to "defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence...literally." That whole concept may not make sense until you get a glimpse at this poster, then you can start to put the pieces together, then you can think "holy shit" this might be crazy. Hugo Weaving stars, but there are no actors on here yet. Take a look.
One of the many indie films we really think deserves to break out this year is the latest feature from British filmmaker/actor/comedian Richard Ayoade, a funky dystopian sci-fi dark comedy based on Dostoyevsky's The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg. The film premiered at TIFF last year and we've been promoting it with reviews, trailers, interviews and plenty of other posters in the past, but this new poster is the best one yet. This new UK poster for The Double has a very minimalistic, artistic feel to it, like it was hand-drawn. A single ray of light shines down across a city on one man. It's impressive, and I'm glad it's an official poster.
At the South by Southwest Film Festival this year, Jon Favreau is getting back to his indie roots with Chef, the story of a talented cook who loses his job at a big restaurant in Los Angeles and tries to start his career anew while trying to get his estranged family back together. In order to hype the film at the festival in Austin, Favreau had his good friend and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. use his graphic artist skills to design some bright and colorful posters that they will be putting around town. And keep an eye out, because it looks like some of these posters will be signed by Downey himself. See the unveiling of the posters below!
Though the first batch of trailers and most recent "We're Doing a Sequel" musical number seem to promise a great sequel in Muppets Most Wanted, we wish there were some parody trailers in the same vein as the promotions for The Muppets. Those trailers took aim at Green Lantern, The Hunger Games and other popular films of the time with all the fun of The Muppets. Well, now we get a small taste of that parody style with some posters from across that pond that have blended Kermit the Frog with a couple James Bond posters and other action/spy thrillers. They're pretty awesome, and we wish there were more of them. Look!
This spring, Johnny Depp will become one with a computer in Transcendence, and the second trailer for the directorial debut from cinematographer Wally Pfister certainly showed off the scale of this technological thriller. The film isn't too far away from hitting theaters, and now the hype machine is getting a little more generic and safe in trying to get audiences interested. A new poster has just arrived and it makes full use of Depp's handsome face, but almost as if the poster was accessed by dial-up, half of the image is pixelated. I still think this film feels like a 90s thriller with contemporary technology, but we'll see.
Last year, IMAX delivered some cool posters for Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim and Riddick as part of their new Fanfix program for certain big releases on the giant screen. Now we have our first Fanfix poster of the year for the impending release of the young adult sci-fi adaptation of Divergent. This time the poster takes a comic book style approach to the train-jumping scene that we've seen in the trailers, complete with an illustrated Shailene Woodley. It's not the coolest poster, but we're sure those flying birds have some sort of significance for fans. Get this poster at the first IMAX screenings of the film on March 20th.
Our first glimpse at the thriller Locke came in the form of a trailer from the United Kingdom where the film hits theaters a week early, but tomorrow we'll get the first domestic trailer for the Venice Film Festival selection starring Tom Hardy. However, this thriller is unique in that it's set entirely in a car and unfolds in real time. Our own Alex Billington caught the film at Sundance and said, "This is one of those must see it to believe it unique concepts for a film, and it's actually pretty damn good." We're anxious to see just what the trailer can show off since it's all set in this one car, but until that arrives, see the poster below. Look!
While we're big fans of the work that comes from the collectible arthouse Mondo, there's plenty of other great artists out there whose work is showcased elsewhere on the web. Blurppy is one such destination for some truly stunning artwork, and the site recently held a "Poster Posse" where they had dozens of artists do their own interpretation of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Some of these would make excellent Mondo posters and show some truly amazing skills. We've posted some of our favorites below, many featuring the Sentinels finally getting their due diligence, and you're definitely going to wish these were on your wall.
Following yesterday's revealing extended TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, one more new character poster has popped up, and we imagine this will be the last one. This time it's the title villain in the Marvel sequel getting his own poster, and while some may not know the history of The Winter Soldier, all you have to do is know that Sebastian Stan plays the villain, and figure out what other key role that actor might have had in the Marvel cinematic universe to see why this villain will really impact Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). He certainly looks like a force to be reckoned with, especially with that sniper rifle.
Yes - Transformers are indeed dangerous. Didn't we learn that in the first movie? There's something hidden in the new trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers sequel, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starring Mark Wahlberg. During the shooting of the film, various die-hard fans noticed some propaganda billboards around the set (see a photo here). Another one showed up early on in the first full teaser trailer for Age of Extinction (at 0:13 in) that says "Remember Chicago" and features a phone number. If you call, it plays a message about reporting alien activity and eventually points to the new site, where a poster spouting the Transformers Are Dangerous note can be seen. More to come in an upcoming TF viral? Very likely.
There's always some kind of amazing piece of artwork coming from Mondo, but this week is something special. On Friday, March 7th, the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas will be opening their official Disney exhibition featuring tons of artwork honoring a variety of films from The House of Mouse's rich history. There's pieces honoring the more recent work of Pixar like The Incredibles, the 2D animated classics like Sleeping Beauty, and even the more obscure films like The Cat from Outer Space. A big chunk of pieces have been revealed, but there's more coming later this week leading up to the gallery opening. Look!
The 86th Academy Awards are this weekend, and we hope you've been paying attention to all our awards coverage throughout the week. As we head into Oscar weekend, Graphic artist Geminianum has put together some pretty cool posters, inspired by the work of Saul Bass, that honor some of this year's Best Picture nominees. While the best ones are for Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips, I'm not a big fan of the Dallas Buyers Club piece that uses real pictures from the movie (though it's inspired by The Man with the Golden Arm), or The Wolf of Wall Street poster that takes a cue from West Side Story, but cheaply uses the falling Don Draper from the "Mad Men" opening titles. Check out the posters below!
Last fall we caught a trailer for Nacho Vigalondo's interesting thriller Open Windows starring Elijah Wood. The film is poised to premiere at SXSW next Monday, March 10th, and we have a creepy new poster for the film with a gimp framing a shot for his body-mounted camera. For those who don't know the film follows Wood as Nick, a fanboy of actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) who has won an online contest to have dinner with her. But when the plans get canceled, a stranger named Chord tries to make up for the loss by allowing Nick to spy on Jill from his computer, all leading to a much more sinister plan in mind. Look!
Following that potentially spoilerish TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier that teases a big character death, we have a new poster showing off one of the new supporting characters. Robert Redford already got his own poster showing off his S.H.I.E.L.D. head character Alexander Pierce, and now one of the new heroes gets the spotlight. Anthony Mackie plays Cap's new sidekick Falcon, and the trailers have already shown him flying around and getting into the thick of the action, but now he and his bad ass wings get their own poster. We're pretty sure the sequel will top Thor: The Dark World and shake everything up.