Movie posters: I love 'em! In case you couldn't tell, but I think that's a fairly obvious statement. Still, as much as I wish all movie posters were as exciting, colourful, bold, fanciful, interesting, original, and/or invigorating as (to go just from 2012, in no specific order and not saying that they are indeed the best of the year so far) The Paperboy, The Woman in Black, Moonrise Kingdom, Killing Them Softly or Rust & Bone, but they're not. Even if these posters aren't always executed in the greatest of ways (for instance, that poster for Killing Them Softly feels somewhat off), there's the old adage of "it's the thought that counts" and these days a little thought goes a long way in stopping me from hitting myself over the head at the mundanity of it all.
Film Festival Posters.com is there to show them to us. I've known of this place for a while now, but a recent online binge of imagery has forced me to share with you some of my favourites. Apart from, say, the Cannes Film Festival or an Alamo Drafthouse series, festival posters are rarely given the time of day, which is a shame given the talent involved that I am sure you will be able to admit is on full display in the examples below. If these were posters for films then people would be positively geeking out of them! Still, if only a few of you turn your attention to them because of this entry - already a few people have done so because of my chatter about it on Twitter - then I guess it was worth it.
One poster that they haven't included (yet) is this fabulous design for an upcoming David Lynch retrospective season at Los Angeles' New Beverly Cinema. Like the poster for the New York Polish Film Festival (second row, third along) that uses distinctively weird Polish iconography, this poster is very much in line with the atmospheric aesthetic of Lynch's film. I love the way it plays with famous imagery, but does so in a manner that isn't trite. The drawing is beautiful and the colouring sublime, designer Todd Spence should be proud.
Don't you think?
Onya Magazine through the prism of local content. I found some titles that I am definitely looking forward to when they make it to the Melbourne International Film Festival, regular theatrical release of DVD. One title, Rachael Perkins' Mabo is actually a TV movie, but like Philip Kaufman's Hemingway & Gellhorn at the Cannes Film Festival, it's getting a festival premiere. I have a DVD screener here of it that I am greatly looking forward to watching before its TV premiere on Sunday 10 June. The festival, I should point out, has a great poster, don't you think?