I’ve said it for near ten years now — the movie poster is a lost art. So many of them nowadays are just so bland, and it feels like it’s getting harder and harder to get a poster that truly feels like something special; selling a film on a single, memorable image. Getting you to understand immediately what the film is about while also staying in your mind. It’s hard to remember posters. If I told you offhand to name ten truly memorable posters from this decade off the top of your head, you’d have trouble doing it. And even if you got to ten, chances are some of them are just because the film was so big and widespread that you remember it just because it was so out there.
Anyway, the point of this list was me looking back on my years of going over my favorite posters (and I started this list in 2011, so I’ve done nine years of it officially on the site) and revisiting all the posters from all the years and picking out the ones that I think have held up to me as the best examples of truly strong imagery.
So, with that said, here are my favorite posters from this past decade: (more…)
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #123 – “Blink (One Million Miles),” from Hearts Beat Loud
123. “Blink (One Million Miles),” from Hearts Beat Loud
Aww, yeah! You know a movie is good and has great songs when one comes up and you just reflexively smile. What a beautiful film this is. It’s the story of a father and daughter. He’s widowed and owns a failing record shop and she’s about to go off to college across the country. She’s also just started dating this girl, and she’s getting her own life going. And he keeps wanting her to jam with him, which she doesn’t really want to do anymore. But, she’s written this song, which they record and mix together. And he’s like, “This is great, we’ve started a band!” And she’s like, “We’re not a band.” Which he uses as the title of their band and puts the song online. and very quickly, it becomes a viral hit. So now he keeps wanting to write more songs with her (the movie’s about him wanting to remain close to his daughter even though she’s about to go off and become her own person) and this song in particular is the second one she writes, inspired by her newfound relationship. There are three main songs the band writes and performs during the film, and they’re all quite wonderful. And the film itself is one of the great hidden gems of the entire decade.