Monday, December 31, 2007

No.

It's 40 degrees (thats 104 in fahrenheit, folks) so it's way too hot to write anything. Hope you all have a fun New Years Eve and all that jazz.

Correction - it was actually 43 degrees (110 fahrenheit) in Geelong! Yikes. It was still in the low 30s at 1am. How ridiculous is that. Apparently it was some record-breaking temperature. Not sure what record, exactly, but a record nonetheless.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Only at the [Japanese] Grindhouse


Was the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino shlockfest Grindhouse immensely popular in Japan or something? Because the lucky buggars over there are getting a - wait for it - six disc special edition. That beats the recently released five-disc set of Blade Runner for, surely, the most discs in one set devoted to one movie. Granted, it's technically three movies (the 190 minute Grindhouse extravaganza, plus the seperate entities of Death Proof and Planet Terror), but who cares. It's one big thing. via via.

Disc 1: Death Proof (Extended Film)
-English DTS, English DD, Japanese dub
-Japanese subtitles
-Japanese Theatrical/TV trailers
-Staff/Cast Profiles (Text)
-What is Grindhouse? (Text)

Disc 2: Planet Terror (Extended Film)
-English DTS, English DD, Japanese dub
-Japanese Subtitles
-Rodriguez commentary
-International/Japanese trailers
-Staff/Cast Profiles (Text)
-What is Grindhouse? (Text)

Disc 3: Death Proof bonus materials
-Special Message to Japan from Tarantino
-Staff and Cast interviews on Death Proof
-Stunts on Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof (20:39)
-Introducing Zoƫ Bell (8:59)
-Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike (9:34)
-Finding Quentin's Gals (21:14)
-The Uncut Version of "Baby, It's You" Performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (1:4Cool
-The Guys of Death Proof (8:16)
-Quentin's Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke (4:3Cool
-Double Dare Trailer (2:36)

Disc 4: Planet Terror bonus materials
-10-Minute Film School (11:52)
-The Badass Babes of Planet Terror (11:50)
-The Guys of Planet Terror (16:32)
-Casting Rebel (05:34)
-Sickos, Bullets and Explosions: The Stuns of Planet Terror (13:1Cool
-The Friend, The Doctor and The Real Estate Agent (6:42)

Disc 5: Grindhouse (191 minute theatrical cut)
-English DD, Japanese dub
-Japanese subtitles

Disc 6: Japanese only Grindhouse bonus disc (106 minutes)
-Grindhouse - US Trailer
-2006 San Diego Comicon
-Tarantino Interview (About the homages in Death Proof, About Planet Terror, Use of Music, Possible Sequel to Death Proof)
-Staff/Cast comments
-The Directors of the Fake Trailers
-Coments on past Grindhouse Films
-Making Of Planet Terror

Sooo... I'll be importing that in March thank you. The DVD It's apparently being released on the 21st of March '08 but, as I said, only in Japan.

I have seen both Death Proof (legally, in a cinema!) and Planet Terror (illegally, I downloaded it, fuckoffharveyweinstein) seperately, but never seen Grindhouse. I haven't even seen the trailers (I really should just go on YouTube for that). Although thanks to the wonderful par3182 for passing on the fabo news that the Astor Theatre in St Kilda is having a special season of Grindhouse! I am so gonna try and go to that. I've never actually been to the Astor so it would be fitting that the first thing I see there is a legitimate double feature considering their forte is, well, double features.

Oscar Observation

So, there are all these people saying Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) deserves a nomination and the win for best original score for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood despite the possibility that he will never score another movie in his life (he has no upcoming titles and Blood was his second film after the unseen Bodysong. Yet these are the same people who complain when people like Jennifer Hudson or child actors win Oscars, when their future is uncertain and beat people who have been working unrewarded for decades.

I'm just sayin...

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water...

This is a part of the Endings Blog-a-Thon over at JD's Movie Corner. I will be freely discussing the endings of several movies (none of which are Jaws, fyi) so don't blame me if you haven't seen these movies that range from 1989 to 2007.


Rob Schneider has reason to be terrified of being near the water in 1975's Jaws. Luckily for him he has never been in a movie with Nicole Kidman she is the real water killer.


Let's take a look at some of Nicole's movies and I think we'll see a definitely patern when it comes to her, water and - dun dun duuuun - DEATH!

DEAD CALM


Well, the name gives away half the fun, doesn't it? Water surrounds Nicole for 98% of this Phillip Noyce film, as she and Sam Neill (although mostly she) battle with Billy Zane on a yacht in the middle of the ocean. Death just seems to follow Nicole's character wherever she goes and Dead Calm is the first in the recurring theme of Nicole+Water=Death to be found on her resume.


By the end of this very good Aussie thriller from 1989, Billy Zane is floating facedown in the ocean with a flare in his face - and I am not being ironic or jokey about that last bit of info. He actually gets a flare fired into his face and gets thrown in the ocean.


I've never particularly liked this ending, actually. It's very much in the vein of "the killer comes back alive for one last scare", which usually bug the hell outta me. I can forgive it this time, however, because - hello - flare to the face!!



To Die For

In Gus Van Sant's media satire it's Nicole herself who ends up, quite literally, dead in the water. Or, more precisely, dead in the ice. As she goes on her way to deliver her star-making video confession Nicole comes across an unfortunate series of events that ends with her former sister in law doing pirouettes on her face.


That it was Canadian film director David Cronenberg who did the deed only adds to the black humour of it all. It's sort of a perfect ending for a movie such as To Die For. "DAVID CRONENBERG MURDERS NICOLE KIDMAN!" gasp

The Hours


It is Nicole herself, yet again, to reach an untimely watery demise, but unlike To Die For, it is she who does it herself. In her Oscar-winning role as Virginia Woolf she recreates Woolf's own suicide. Putting rocks into her pockets and walking - quite calm and serenely too I might add - right into the raging torrents of a river.


The ending of The Hours is far more serious than the previously mentioned films and by having Nicole kill herself in the very final frames doesn't exactly feel the audience leaving warm and fuzzy, I do like this ending and with Phillip Glass' excellent music (thankfully toned down a bit more than usual) makes for a very satisfying and moving closure.

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus



We're back again to Nicole Kidman being the catalyst for death by water, except this time it's voluntary. At the end of Steven Shainberg's... exploration on the life of famed photographer Diane Arbus Nicole and Robert Downey Jr (who plays a man covered in hair) sit at a beach and they have a Point Break moment. It has been his dream his entire life to go to the beach and now that he has been freshly shaved by Nicole he finally can. He uses this opportunity to swim out into the ocean and never return. Sad.


I quite liked both the film and the ending. Downey Jr's character ends one life (his own) to start another (Diane's). It's nothing particularly deep, but it was a fine way to end that chapter of Diane's story.

Birth


And then we come to Jonathan Glazer's Birth. For me, it's one of the five best films of the decade so far and count myself as, perhaps, one of the film's biggest fans anywhere in the world. It's hypnotic and mesmerising. One of the aspects of the film that gets the most chagrin out of people is the ending, a particularly ambiguous ending that calls into question everything that came before, but not in a Usual Suspects kind of way.


Throughout the whole film Glazer does such a good job at making us try to believe that Nicole Kidman's deceased husband has indeed been reincarnated in the form of Cameron Bright that, even though we all know it's know possible, it makes the film work. Yet the end, for me, actually - on one hand - makes me question whether it was indeed a lie or if the boy was more than Anne Heche's character points out (you'll understand if you have seen it).


The end is set once again on a beach as Nicole's character Anne breaks down at her own wedding to Danny Huston's Joseph. As Cameron Bright's narration sounds over the soundtrack he face goes from happiness to confusion to, before long, utterly hysterics. It's a testiment to Kidman's talent that throughout the film she acts with her face and body and less with words (the opera sequence is the pinnacle, no doubt). There is a moment on the beach as Nicole stumbles aimlessly through the crashing waves where Joseph leans in and Nicole's face goes into shock. What is Joseph telling her (if anything) that could send her reeling? For me there are several explanations to the end of Birth.


One is that Bright's character of Sean was in fact the reincarnated form of Anne's dead husband and that for whatever reason she just comprehended the enormity of such a realisation - we all know she's been massively deluding herself all all along. Another is that Joseph is telling her that Sean killed himself - a point eluded to in his narration, "see you in another life" - and that they hadn't told her. Yet another thought is that the feeling she had was Sean dying at that very moment. Or even something as plain as merely having a panis attack. Then there are theories I have come up with that have no form of reason at all.


I adore the end of Birth. I think it's a testiment that for a movie that seemed like it was going to lead to an ending all tied up in a bow, explained for the masses, it throws a curveball at the very final moments and makes us ask questions. I tend to think the answer lies somewhere in the realm of Cameron Bright's Sean dying, but not even I'm positive. I have a more solid grasp on the end of Mulholland Drive than the end of Birth. Does the sea-side location of Anne's wedding represent something within her psyche? I can't quite answer that. Nor do I particularly want to, because to solve the riddle would be to lose "the spell" (to quote Sean). I actually think it's a perfect ending for a near-perfect film. The image of Nicole Kidman, dressed for a wedding, standing in the surf on an overcast beach is burnt into my mind. I love this movie and that ending.


And while I don't feel like writing it up, you can now add The Golden Compass to this growing list of Nicole+water=death endings shenanigans. There's major loss of life on the ice-fields of the North in that fantasy film only recently released. And all because Nicole is an evil child-snatching bitch. Oh, Nicole. I love ya! Just don't ever go near water ever again! Because whenever you do somebody bites the dust.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Anderson Ltd.

You know what movie was good? The Darjeeling Limited! I didn't expect to like it nearly as much as I did. It's definitely the best of the three films I've seen at the cinema these past four days (yeah! and I paid for them all!) I have major issues with the final acts of both Enchanted and The Golden Compass, but no such issues invade my thoughts about Wes Anderson's Indian troupe, which I like to see as a satire on cultural and spiritual fads, even if the film isn't actually about that at all.

I'd rank this as a solid "SECOND!" amongst the Wes Anderson roster, right after The Royal Tenenbaums, and before The Life Aquatic and Rushmore, which sits there at the bottom (I haven't seen Bottle Rocket).

Thankfully the film's Australian distributer has seen the great light and decided to add Hotel Chevalier before the main picture, itself a delightfully off-centre little gem. I have Peter Sarstedt's "Where Do You Go (My Lovely)" on repeat, too.

Me and the person I went to see it with were both incredibly surprised at the turnout for this film. I guessed 12, she guessed less than 10, but as we sat in the cinema waiting for it all to start people just kept walking into the cinema. It got chockers! And while waiting to go into the cinema I saw a work friend and her mother leaving Atonement (she didn't like it, her mother did) and we had a conversation about what clinically stupified the distributer of I'm Not There must be.

Note to the distributer - PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY WANT TO SEE THIS MOVIE. Lots of them, in fact. I mean, Cate Blanchett has been all over the news whenever she's won an award or been nominated and people want to see it. But, of course, us country folk (we're actually the state's second largest city, but that doesn't matter does it?) don't like those artsy fartsy films, do we?

grrrgrumblegrumble /rant

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #59 - A Nightmare on Elm Street

#59
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Directed by Wes Craven
Unknown Designer
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - Germany



[click to enlarge]

I am blatantly aware that Freddy has more than three claws on his glove, just as I am aware that the street represented in the above poster for Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street does not even appear to be Elm Street. But, what I am keenly aware of is that the idea behind this poster is brilliant. A Nightmare on Elm Street plays with reality, illusion and the line between the two (as well as being a frightening lil scarer) and I think the German (it is German, right?) does a much better job at creating a mystique than the more common American design, which is good in it's own right, but doesn't have the originality of the foreign design.

I also think this poster does one of the finest jobs I've seen of making suburbia scary. The street light, the blue twilight and the omnipresent light seeping out from house windows should be a lovely sight, but the claws ripping through the image throw all that away and create a sense of dread that shouldn't be there in an image of a quiet suburban street.

Fun Fact: This is Robert Englund's favourite piece of Elm Street marketing.

Friday, December 28, 2007

I Appreciate You (aka That Song Meme Thing)


I got tagged a while back by JD to do this song meme that goes through the blogosphere every few months or so in a new (but not terribly different) incarnation. The last time I did something similar I got some freakishly accurate/prophetic answers (my "break up song" is apparently "I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls, natch) so let's see what it cooks up this time, shall we?

Plus, I just got home from seeing The Golden Compass and I'm tres bored.

The Rules:
1. Put your music player on Shuffle
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT (this is in capital letters, so it is very serious.)


1. IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY? "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

I never just say "Maps!" to people unless their name is Maps, in which case I would be asking why the hell their name is Maps.

2. WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY? "The Future Holds a Lion's Heart" by Darren Hayes

Umm... no it's not.

3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL? "Waiting for the Siren's Call" by New Order

Well, I think a man's voice can be incredibly sexy, so I'll take this one!

4. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY? "Bliss" by Tori Amos

I wouldn't go so far as to say today was "bliss", but it was fairly decent as days go. Ya know?

5. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE? "Groove Thang" by Zhane

Uh-huh. I live for a funky beat, it's true.

6. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO? "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" by Bruce Springsteen

I don't think I've ever said this. Not once.

7. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU? "I'm Your Man" by Wham!

Hah. I sure am and don't you forget it!

8. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS? "Bridging the Gap" by NaS

...sure they are.

9. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN? "So Do I Say Sorry First?" by Stephanie McIntosh

Completely ignoring the fact that I do indeed have Steph Mc on my iPod I don't tend to think this very often. I mean, why should I be apologising (or considering it) when I AM ALWAYS RIGHT? Answer me that!

10. WHAT IS 2+2? "Bombs Up In My Face" by Darren Hayes

Well, no, it's 4, but nice try Darren.

11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND? "The Pink Room" by Angelo Badalamenti

...she's a woman, if that's what this implies.

12. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE? "Cutie by Jamelia

I don't see a connection between the question and the song title at all. Do you?! :p

13. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? "Stairway to Heaven" by Dolly Parton

Is my life story a better version of someone else's who is much more heralded and well-known? I'M SURE IT IS!

14. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? "Skin" by Madonna

...umm...

15. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE? "Feelin' Good" by Muse

Well, I don't tell them that, but sure...

16. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? "Fuckin' Awesome" by Spiderbait

HAHAH! Now that's amazing. If only it were true :/

17. WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING? "Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim

Will Chris Walken be there?

18. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? "I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet)" by the White Stripes

Aww... I think.

19. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST? "Gansta Trippin'" by Fatboy Slim

Man, oh man! Do I ever! I'm so gangsta!!

20. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET? "International Feel" by Todd Rundgren

Er... not exactly.

21. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS? "I'm Super! Thanks For Asking!" by the Cast of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Well, they are super, thanks for asking.

22. WHAT SHOULD YOU POST THIS AS? "I Appreciate You" by Ricki-Lee

Everybody now: Awwww

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Dutchess of Knightley

As if Keira Knightley doesn't wear enough old english outfits now she has to go and add giant expansive wigs to her repetoir. Nice one, Keira. Nevertheless, you look fabo and it looks like another great performance.

The Best (and Worst) Posters of 2007

It's the end of the year and that means everybody's favourite thing in the world - LISTS!!

I'm having a look at the best and the worst posters that we saw in the year 2007. There were some very amazing ones. Some very not so amazing ones, too. Some of these won't come as much of a surprise to long-time readers as I am highlighest them in in "When Bad Posters Strike" and "Well Played Poster" features, but there are some that I haven't even mentioned, let alone praised. So, let's get started, shall we?


(All posters can be clicked for larger views)
(All posters accumulated from IMP)

THE TEN BEST POSTERS OF 2007

10. El Cantante

I've liked this poster since I first saw it. I think it's just so distinctive and the colours pop. Love the colour of Jennifer Lopez's lips and eyelids. It all looks so suitably retro (i love curved corners on posters) and they have somehow made Marc Antony look like he has a pulse!

9. Vacancy

Reminded me of the equally fantastic poster for Rob Zombie's (I imagine) far superior The Devil's Rejects. Love the dank grungy vibe that the poster has. A poster for a scary flick that's actually kind of scary? UNHEARD OF! Plus, the lack of floating heads is a nice change.

8. Black Snake Moan

I had liked this poster from the moment I saw it, but then I saw it at a tram stop in Melbourne and just thought it was so audatiously brilliant. Plus, that tag line - "Everything is hotter down south" - overflows with amazing.

7. Redacted

An unabashedly political film gets a poster that is equally as politcal, yet doesn't get bogged out in it all. Just look at the posters for other Iraq-themed films like In the Valley of Elah and Redacted and you'll see what I mean (hopefully).

6. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters

Yes, I know very well that Richard Corben's original design has been mocked, propped and imitated to nigh on absurd levels (Posterwire has a great piece about it, actually), but I think there's an altogether new quality to it this time, when applied to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie idea. Plus, take a look at the credits block at the bottom of the poster - GENIUS! How they got away with it, I'm not quite sure though...

5. Love in the Time of Cholera

This foreign design for Love in the Time of Cholera is my favourite - hell, it's the only good one - because of, you guessed it, the colours. So rich and vibrant, I can't recall seeing a poster with all these yellows, lime greens and orange-reds on it before. I wish I could expect more to come, but I don't see it happening, unfortunately.

4. 3:10 to Yuma

Yes, it looks like it's advertising a Bob Fosse western, but I think that's what makes it so brilliant bonkers. What the hell is going on with this poster. I wish more mainstream movies were this inventive and kooky with their marketing. I mean, you have flamboyant gun toters, text running in all sorts of directions, random objects and one of the best sight gags on a poster all year. I choo choo choose this poster as one of the year's best!

3. Bug

Previously discussed here. This poster freaks me the fuck out!!

2. Michael Clayton

"Oh my god! Michael Clayton is fading before my very eyes!" No, not really, but I imagine that's what the smart cookie who designed this poster (someone at Pulse) was trying to get across to the casual person walking through the megaplex lobby on their way to a fascinating screening of Good Luck Chuck. No? Whether people "get" it or not (I guess you do sort of need to see the film to actually understand that angle of it all) it's still a fascinating and beguiling poster. The big orange text "THE TRUTH CAN BE ADJUSTED" speaks volumes and the look on Clooney's face (albeit, his blurred face) shows so much that you can't help but wonder what he's up to. I have a feeling that this design is going to be replicated a few times over the coming year.

1. American Gangster

Previously discussed here. You can click on the link to the left to read why American Gangster is the best poster of the year - and I'll be doing it all again very soon nudgenudgewinkwink - but, needless to say, they are exceptionally designed, superbly executed and altogether brilliant posters. In my mind I had purchased my tickets the moment I saw them.

Now Just For Fun...
(excluding previously mentioned posters)

Classiest Poster
Away from Her

A beautiful image for a beautiful film. You may not even notice the fact that Julie Christie (and the title itself) are fading away.
Runner Up: There Will Be Blood

Best Rip-Off
30 Days of Night

For ripping off the posters of 300 and actually improving on them! Way to go!

Best TV Poster
Damages

Better than most film posters, if you ask me.
Runner Up: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Funniest Poster
Sicko

"MAN LANDS ON MOON" is effectively funnier than twenty thousand posters with Will Ferrell pulling a goofy pose or showing off silly hair. But that's just me.
Runner Up: Teeth

Best Grindhouse Renaissence
Machete

I've seen a few posters for "grindhouse movies" in my internet travels and this one for the fake Machete is not only the best from 2007, but better and more authentic than any for Death Proof or Planet Terror.
Runner Up: The Strangers

Dreamiest Use of Colour
My Blueberry Nights

...sigh...
Runner Up: Tears of the Black Tiger

Best Use of a Gas Mask
28 Weeks Later

Runner Up: Right at Your Door

Worst "Empty Space" Poster
Margot at the Wedding

Previously discussed here. It's just so... empty!
Runner Up: Alpha Dog

Worst Backtracking
The Invasion

They went from the intriguing classy teaser poster to... that... thing... whatever it is. The top half is good, the bottom half is like some twilight zone poster. Very strange.
Runner Up: There Will Be Blood

Worst Starfucking
Premonition

I just have to laugh everytime I think of the original design of Sandra Bullock's face being made up by twigs and birds (itself quite comical) being turned into the biggest giant floating head poster of the year.

Worst False Advertising
Bridge to Terabithia

I was shocked to find out Bridge to Terabithia wasn't actually animated and was, much to my surprise, live action. Coulda fooled me judging from the poster. And then if you've seen the trailer and the movie you can point to another "false advertising" angle. They just did not know how to market this swell little movie did they?
Runner Up: I Know Who Killed Me (what movie is that advertising?!)

Worst Make-Up
The Ex

Zach Braff looks like an oompa loompa. Who allowed this to go to print?
Runner Up: Good Luck Chuck

Most Overrated
The Savages

So, what? Because the guy at the New Yorker does your poster you're instantly one of the best of all time? Puh-lease.
Runner Up: Saw IV

The "This Movie Deserves Better" Award
There Will Be Blood

What a disappointment compared to the teaser.
Runner Up: Ratatouille

Worst Tag Line
The Reaping

I still can't quite put my finger on why this tagline is so... "off".
Runner Up(s): September Dawn and Fracture

Best Tag Line
Knocked Up (runner up)
"WHAT IF THIS GUY GOT YOU PREGNENT?"


Michael Clayton
"THE TRUTH CAN BE ADJUSTED"


Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance
"WHO SAID SAVING THE WORLD CAN'T BE ENTERTAINING?"


The Simpsons Movie
"SEE OUR FAMILY, AND FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURS" (winner)


Southland Tales
"THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS"


FOUR AMAZING POSTERS FOR 2008
August, Funny Games


Harold & Kumar 2, Storm Warning


THE TEN WORST POSTERS OF 2007

10. Behind the Mask

I just find this poster really ugly and unappealing. Not ugly in a "this grotesqeness makes it scary" way, but in a "I don't wanna watch this movie because I might get an infection from it" way.

9. Licence to Wed

The look on Mandy Moore's face speaks volumes.

8. The Bucket List

I can't type much for this because I am actually falling asleep just from looking at it. Morgan Freeman is wise, doncha know!

7. Charlie Wilson's War

Ditto. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is so chameleonic, doncha know!

6. Fracture

Previously discussed here. Looking like a low-rent direct-to-DVD title, this poster for Fracture is just so by-the-numbers and with that ridiculous tagline ("I killed my wife... prove it" - aagh!) just makes me want to never see this movie.

5. The Ex

Previously discussed here. Zach Braff's orange face. The abundance of empty white space. The unexplained shortness of Jason Batemen. The listing of every single cast member of any remote "name value". All adds up to zero. I prefered it when it was called Fast Track - at least that poster had something going for it.

4. I Know Who Killed Me

I'm sure blue flowers play some part in I Know Who Killed Me, but it's lost on me and - I'm quite sure - everyone else whos aw this poster in the cinema lobby. With more work on it and a better idea of what it represented and this design could've been something unique, but as it is it's just... well, I don't know. What are they even trying to market there?

3. Hostel Part II

Take your pick of any number of Hostel Part II posters. They're all as revolting as the last. I still refuse to put them on my blog. They're disgusting - and, obviously, not in the scary/intriguing/mysterious way. They're just vile.

2. A Mighty Heart

Previously discussed here. I thought this hopelessly DIY poster couldn't be beat for worst of the year honours, until I saw the #1 poster. Still doesn't stop this poster for A Mighty Heart being ridiculously simplistic made-on-the-cheap disaster.

1. Mama's Boy

I'm speechless. I mean, it looks like it was made in Microsoft Paint for crying out loud! The eye-searing colour, the ridiculous pose by Jon Heder (go away forever plz) and just nothing about it makes you want to see the movie (right?) The boring font, Anna Faris' annoying dress/denim ensemble, the names "Diane Keaton", "Jeff Daniels" and "Anna Faris", the rudimentary waste of space... everything. It's just terrible. Quite possibly the worst poster ever made.

Well that was a lot of fun (and a lot of hard work). Hope you all enjoyed it. I'm sure I've missed something, but I can't help that. Did y'all have a favourite/least favourite poster of the year?