I threw an article together of these last year, and I had so much fun picking them out that I decided to make it an annual thing.
The creation of movie posters is a lost art. All those classic images of movies — when you think of certain movies, the first thing you see in your mind is the poster. Gone With the Wind, Scarface, Ghostbusters, Forest Gump, Jaws, The Exorcist — these are classic images that we’ll always remember. Nowadays it’s all just cut and paste and photoshop — get as many faces on the poster as possible, repeat the same layouts over and over to remind you of other successful movies. Not to mention — so many movies have multiple posters, and then they change the DVD and Blu-Ray artwork, so there are so many different images for a film that nobody even looks at the posters anymore. It’s a shame.
So this exercise has become not only about pointing out which movie posters I liked over a year, but celebrating the lost art of movie poster making. I love when posters (whether the film is good or not. As you’ll see, I loved some posters this year from movies that weren’t well-received at all) have really smart or iconic images on them. Think of my favorite poster from last year, Ides of March — that’s one of those posters that’s gonna be one of the most famous images of all time (or so I’ll keep saying until it is). A good movie poster should tell you what a film is about in a single, memorable image. And so few do that now.
So let’s celebrate the good movie posters of 2012: (more…)