Archive for January 4, 2012

The Best Movie Posters of 2011

I had a thought yesterday, and for me, now, having a thought is like being drunk with friends – whenever you think of anything out loud, no matter how stupid, crazy or hypothetical it was, the immediate response is, “DO IT!”

“I kind of want to pee off this balcony right now.” “DO IT!” “Wouldn’t it be awesome if I chugged the rest of that bottle?” “DO IT!”

This “DO IT!” had to do with my thought of how there were so few good film posters out nowadays. What ever happened to Baby Jane the art of poster creation?

Remember all those classic posters from years gone by? Gone With the Wind, Jaws, ScarfaceVertigo, Full Metal JacketGhostbusters – there are hundreds of them.

Nowadays, it’s all cut, copy, paste, photoshop. Every poster is designed to remind you of something else that made money, or of a famous poster from a while back. There are sites all over the internet (which I won’t link to, but all you need to do is search and you’ll find a bunch of them) that show you how derivative most of these posters are. It’s terrible.

So, in order to promote the good, here are my favorite movie posters from 2011: (more…)


Oscars 2011 Update: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

Back when I talked about the nominations ballots being mailed (and put forth my own nominations), I mentioned that the Best Visual Effects category had already been down to a relatively small shortlist of films. Well, today, they narrowed it down further.

Here are your ten finalists (five of which will be nominated) for Best Visual Effects:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Real Steel
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • The Tree of Life
  • X-Men: First Class (more…)

The 2012 Film Release Calendar (March & April)

Yesterday, I began going over the 2012 Film Release Calendar by going over January and February. Today is March and April.

As I did yesterday, I’ll go through the films as they are scheduled on Wikipedia’s 2012 in Film article (which I still find to be the most accurate and expansive in terms of listing the dates of what’s coming out. After going through them all (and guessing what I think I’ll think about all the films. This year, I’m including half-stars, which should make things much more interesting come December), I will go back to my “How to Read a Hollywood Ralease” set of articles I wrote last year to see if those guidelines still hold up. And I’ll also throw out some premature guesses for Box Office, just because.

That’s pretty much it. Let’s just get right into it: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “If you’re gonna do it, do it right. If you’re gonna hype it, hype it with the facts. I don’t mind what you did. I mind the way you did it.”