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…)
120. “The Promise,” from The Promise
I love that Chris Cornell became a soundtrack guy. He’s got the perfect voice, and hearing him come up during the credits of a movie was always one of the great feelings. This is a movie that almost no one knows about, because it’s a $100 million, independently financed (I’m pretty sure like one guy put up all the money too, because it was important to him) movie about the Armenian Genocide, directed by Terry George and starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. They went all out to class up the place, but unfortunately the movie wasn’t great and no one wanted to see it. But they got Chris Cornell to do the song, which was always gonna turn out well, no matter how the movie itself turned out. This is just a fantastic tune.