Topic: Great Fucking Movie Posters
And in a stunning turn of events, this isn't even about Drew Struzan. Yet.
I'm a massive snob when it comes to movie posters. It's a form that more and more amateurs have been making their way into as filmmaking has democratized, and it's a perfect example for the distinction between breaking the rules on purpose and not knowing there are rules to break. People make posters - and other people fawn over them - that look like they're right, they kinda look poster-y somehow, but are totally dropping the ball on the fundamentals of good poster design. And it kind of drives me insane.
I'd love to bloviate on the subject quite a bit over the course of this thread, and on the above distinction with examples, but to start with I just wanted to share this particular poster from Mondo.
If you're not familiar, Mondo does commissioned movie poster art from time to time, where they'll bring in an artist and have them design a poster for a movie they love. (Or that Mondo thinks they can sell.) The internet goes crazy for these pieces, and they usually drive me up the wall. They're often superb pieces, drawings, paintings, but the poster form doesn't lend itself to the style of artist they tend to bring in. (In my opinion, natch.) Often they're hyper-detailed line art in monochrome or stylishly limited color palettes.
If it was only meant to be a cool painting, I'd dig it. They always cross the "cool painting" threshold. But the purpose of the movie poster is to sell the film and the attitude contained within it, and generally movie posters follow a particular style of layout. (Not particular layouts, a particular style of layout, philosophy of layout.) And Mondo posters, not to put too fine a point on it, rarely do.
I have all these opinions man, and what am I supposed to do, keep them to myself?!
Anyway. Today Mondo released this, and it's not only far and away my favorite Mondo piece from everything I've seen*, it also just vaulted onto my "top ten posters of all time" list.
*note, this category includes at least one poster that my friend did that I purchased and framed.
That's what I'm talkin' about!
Anyway, we're gonna do this thread in themes. More themes will come, and you can post again, but for now...
Only post one movie poster. Your favorite movie poster of all time. Explain why it's your favorite.
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