Archive for December 14, 2016

Mike’s Top Ten Movie Posters of 2016

You know what I’m gonna say — the movie poster is a lost art.

Because the movie industry is divided into movies with built-in audiences that don’t need to market and tiny movies that aren’t gonna get a giant audience no matter how hard they market them, nobody much cares about the posters anymore. Either they’re the same cut-and-paste jobs with the same five templates or they’re putting the stars’ names on them with some sort of stock image from the film that is only there to get you in the theater.

But a good movie poster is about tying stars and subject matter. It sells your stars and encapsulates the themes of a film in a single image. And no one cares about that now. Plus, there are so many posters for a movie — the teaser, the first official poster, the second official poster, character posters — that they don’t take any chances and all fit them into a standard format that you’ve seen a hundred times over.

By the time this year is over, I’ll have seen over 350 new films from 2016 alone. And I barely found 50 of them that made me at least go, “Oh, that’s kinda nice.” Which, if you’re doing the math, is less than 15%. So if you’re in a movie theater and walk by five movie posters, the odds that two of them are gonna be great is not in your favor. It’s a shame.

But, since there are a few really good ones that come out, I like to celebrate the ones that actually do put a little effort into selling themselves. So I comb through 85% of shit in order to uncover the 15% of diamonds among them. Well… maybe like 8% diamonds and 7% cubic zirconia.

That said, here are my favorite posters of 2016: (more…)

Oscars 2016: SAG Award Nominations

And now the SAG Awards. Oscar season is here, people.

These are the first awards that truly matter. BFCA was medium, the Globes were light. This is the one that will truly set the pace.

I’m already thinking about what the outliers are gonna be, and which random acting nomination Harvey Weinstein is gonna manage to get this year

Here are your 2016 SAG nominations: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “I wished for a purple elephant, but now I want a pink elephant!” “Well, wish in one hand, shit in the other; see which one fills up first.” “OK.”