Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Best (And Worst) Posters of 2010 - Part Three

For parts one and two of this three part look at the best and worst movie posters of 2010, by all means, click this link and then this one!

And so we come to the final instalment. We've already looked at the worst and handed out a few fun prizes, now we get to countdown the 50 best posters of 2010. I guess, if you want to get technical, it's more than 50 (as you'll see further down the list), but let's just call it 50 and be done with it, yeah? This list will be subjective, I'm sure, and you will all have your own opinions as to what the best posters were, but I hope this list works as a good summary of the very best that the year had to offer. I didn't think 2010 was that great of a year for the medium until I actually started making the list and realised I couldn't stop. That is always a good sign, I reckon, and while my #1 was glaringly obvious from the moment I saw it all the way back in January, I've had a great time siphoning through all the contenders and soaking in the beauty.

Let's start this bad boy!

50. The Human Centipede
49. Predators
48. The American

47. William S Burroughs: A Man Within
46. Sweetgrass
45. Tiny Furniture

44. GasLand
43. New York, I Love You
42. Burlesque

41. Life During Wartime
40. Frozen
39. Red Riding

38. A Film Unfinished
37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
36. Survival of the Dead

35. Daddy Longlegs
34. The Tree
33. The Social Network

32. Monsters

31. True Grit
30. A Little Death
29. Piranha 3D

28. Howl
27. Music from the Big House

26. Devil
25. Fish Tank
24. Let Me In

23. The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights
22. Somewhere
21. Enter the Void

20. Shutter Island
For it's plot tease (put the pieces together) and shirking of cliché (Leo's big head for one).

19. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
For it's striking and uncharacteristic feminine pink-on-pink.

18. The Girl Who Played with Fire
For Noomi Rapace's pose. All she needs is a middle finger in the air and the other down her pants.

17. Rabbit Hole
For being unexpected, and excellent too.

16. The Four-Faced Liar
15. Four Lions
For Colored Girls
Completely coincidental that these three should sit side by side. They're here for the bringing the funny (#16 and #15) and for their artfulness (#14).

13. The Expendables
For its Mexican cockiness.

12. Machete
For it's blaxploitation goodness.

11. Animal Kingdom
For it's family portrait of menace.

10. Black Swan
For their boldness and impact.

9. Dawning
For the immediate itch under the skin that I get from looking at them.

8. And Everything is Going Fine
For it's striking and unique imagery.

7. Best Worst Movie
For it's shlocky inventiveness.

6. I'm Still Here
For creating it's own iconography and that typography.

5. I Am Love
For it's grandeur, elegance and that typography.

4. Carlos
For being retro is the best way possible (WHITE BORDERS! QUOTE MARKS!)

3. Love and Other Drugs
For selling the "rom" and the "com" and being sexy doing it!

2. Shit Year
For being the total opposite of "shit".

1. The Runaways
For dripping sex (literally). For the worn vinyl sleeve backdrop. For the "cherry bomb". For being the best poster of 2010.

And that's it, folks. Posters for 2010 are done and dusted and it's time to move on to 2011. Chime in with your thoughts/disbeliefs/crazy rants in the comment section. What was your favourite poster of the year?


Walter L. Hollmann said...

Hell yeah on Number 1! I never even saw those posters for Shit Year, Monsters, or Dawning, but wow. Especially Dawning, which I'd never heard of until now. Looks amazing!

Mr.Itzhak said...

absolutely love your list specially the number one spot.

Janice said...

Thanks to this list, Glenn I just added at least 3 or 4 movies to my queue that I had never heard of, thanks!

I'm not sure why this version of "True Grit" made the list, though. I actually prefer the all text version because it reminds me of 19th century posters (before images took over) and because it seems a brave departure to NOT have stars faces on it. This image I feel I've seen before a thousand other times. Other than that, great list.

Glenn Dunks said...

Janice, I chose this True Grit design because the previous one has been done several times (most notably recently for The Wrestler) and I think the way the cast are arranged and shot is praise-worthy considering how poorly so many other posters do it.