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"It's a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man." What kind of world do we live in where being decent is an impossibility? That's the question this film answers. I had a good feeling about this beforehand, but it still exceeded my expectations in every possible way. I will never forget watching this at a packed press screening at 8 o'clock in the morning at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival. Burhan Qurbani's Berlin Alexanderplatz is an utterly phenomenal film, an astonishing work of profound cinema and empathetic storytelling that hit me deep in my gut. It is an epic saga in the life of one man, and one of the best examinations of modern Berlin and the way the city treats immigrants. It may be three hours long, but all of it is vital. There is not a single frame or any specific scene in this I would change.
"Should we take a look inside?" In honor of Alien Day, on April 26th, we're proud to debut one of the new prints being released by Bottleneck Gallery in NYC. In partnership with 20th Century Fox and Acme Archives, Bottleneck is hosting a sold out screening of Alien at Syndicated Bk on Tuesday and releasing artwork (other prints by Laurent Durieux and Chris Skinner). We get to reveal the art designed by Mark Englert for Alien titled "should we take a look inside" - a 12"x36" screenprint with glow-in-the-dark ink. This print is awesome, and the detail on it is incredible. And the good news is that the original version will be a timed release meaning anyone can buy a copy during the 24-hour on sale period opening for Alien Day.
Now that spring has arrived, we're just a few months away from the annual Cannes Film Festival taking place in the South of France. For the 69th edition of the film festival, Cannes has chosen imagery from Jean-Luc Godard's film Contempt (1963) to be featured on the poster this year. I really like this poster because it's not just an actor/actress this time, it's an actual set piece from a film. "It's all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man's ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image it is reminiscent of a timeless quote used at the beginning of Contempt: 'Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires'." Well that just makes me want to be there already.
In theaters in just two more weeks is the mysterious sci-fi movie 10 Cloverfield Lane, produced by J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, directed by Dan Trachtenberg. We've been posting some of the marketing for the movie, including TV spots and the trailer, and we're still very excited to see this and find out what's going on. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars, along with John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr, in this sci-fi thriller about a girl brought into an underground bunker where she's told that it's only safe in there. Our friends at SlashFilm have unveiled a new poster for the movie, also showing in IMAX at release, with art by Ape Meets Girl inspired by imagery from the footage released so far. I'm very curious to find out the truth!
Return to a Galaxy Far, Far Away… to buy yet another set of stunning posters for the original Star Wars saga! Brooklyn-based Bottleneck Gallery is launching another series of screen prints, this set by Matt Ferguson, for the original Star Wars saga in a timed sale on their website this weekend. We've featured a whole bunch of different Star Wars art over the last year, since everyone is in a very nostalgic mood with the new movie playing in theaters. This latest set is by an artist we've been following for a long time, known as "Cakes and Comics" - last year he did the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this year we get Star Wars. Take a look.
The future of law enforcement. We are happy to premiere this new screen print being sold by Grey Matter Art. GMA is working with MGM to distribute this officially-licensed print for Paul Verhoeven's classic uber-violent 1987 sci-fi RoboCop, with artwork designed by Kilian Eng. This fantastic 24" x 36" print will be available in limited quantities starting Wednesday (January 27th), and also has a variant version (both seen below). Eng is a fan-favorite artist in the poster community, and has created a few great designs over the years (like this vinyl art for Oblivion). Big fans of the original RoboCop should be very interested in this.
Beyond the darkness… beyond the human evolution… is Khan. Mondo has unveiled the artwork for their upcoming vinyl pressing of the original score for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, released in 1982, directed by Nicholas Meyer. This classic sci-fi sequel from the 80s has a wonderful score from James Horner, some of his early work, and this special edition re-release is remastered. It's also "the extended score, featuring cues rarely released for home listening, and it's spread out across two gorgeous LPs." The art for the cover and insert was designed by Matt Taylor, and it's gorgeous, seriously. I almost want to buy this just for the art, it's that good. Images below and info on the vinyl from Birth.Movies.Death. Khaaann!!!
"Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them." Wow! Star Wars fans - you don't want to miss out on this one. There has been an endless amount of art of all kinds made for Star Wars, whether it's fan art or pop art or even fine art, but there's still great work being made. Especially right now since everyone is so nostalgic, especially for the original trilogy. Bottleneck Gallery out of Brooklyn, NYC has licensed an official print by Gabz (aka Grzegorz Domaradzki) that is a triptych showing the entire original trilogy. It's something to behold, that's for sure. Great work. This 36" x 24" print is a timed release, meaning you can order from now through November 8th, and you are guaranteed to get one. Only $50! You know you want this on your wall.
In Mexico this weekend they're celebrating the Day of the Dead, an event known for its masks and stylized artwork not to mention skeletons galore. With a new Star Wars movie coming up, Fandango asked a few of their favorite artists to create their own Day of the Dead-themed Star Wars posters and these are the result. All this art is inspired by the entire Star Wars universe and its cool to see such unique and intricate designs. Even though they're not really connected with The Force Awakens, I had to share them anyway to keep us all in the Star Wars mood. We're just 7 weeks away until the new movie opens. Check them below.
The Future is Now! Today is the day. It's Back to the Future Day! Why? Because in Back to the Future II, this is the day Marty arrived in the future to help Doc Brown sort things out - October 21st, 2015. Yep, we're totally living in the future, but like, right now. To capitalize on the geeky celebration, news media the world over are going all out. USA Today has re-published the front cover of the newspaper as seen in the movie (image below). Universal is re-releasing another anniversary Blu-ray box set this week and put out a special video with the Doc himself, Christopher Lloyd. Mondo is re-releasing a new vinyl version of the trilogy's original soundtracks, plus more artwork. Strap in and get ready to go back, to the future, right now.
Get ready for Star Wars Mania. To follow-up the new trailer and ticket sales, AMC has revealed the first poster in a series that will be debuting each week after the movie's opening. IMAX announced (via their blog) and AMC tweeted about a promo they're hosting on Sundays, where those seeing Star Wars - The Force Awakens in IMAX will receive a new poster each week designed by artist Dan Mumford. Here's the text: "Each Sunday, from December 20 to January 10, guests who purchase a ticket to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX 3D will receive an AMC-exclusive Star Wars print from artist Dan Mumford. A new poster will be revealed each week." The first stunning poster featuring Rey and BB-8 can be seen below.
Always bring protection. Now this is a damn good poster. Paramount has unveiled a new poster for the horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, once known as Scouts vs Zombies, directed by Christopher Landon about a trio of scouts who take on a town of zombies. The first trailer for this arrived just last month, and it actually looked pretty fun, better than I was expecting. The cast includes Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Elle Evans, Lukas Gage, and Joey Morgan. The movie better live up to the likes of this poster and deliver on the epicness. We don't know who the artist is, but hopefully we'll find out soon.