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 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

Just finished reading Frank Darabont's foreword in the latest collection of Drew Struzan's movie poster paintings, and although he comes off sounding like a grumpy old git - which he freely admits - he is dead right about one thing. Film posters these days, or should I say composites, well and truly SUCK!!!
They are soooo boring and unimaginative.
I really miss the works of art by Amsel, Struzan, Peak etc.
Now we just get photoshop paste-it's from some zero in marketing!
I think the last one I saw, in the current day standards, that looked half decent was the Dark Knight poster, with the bat sign in flames on the building behind Batman.
What do others think?

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Yeah. Modern posters suck ass. The new Tron looks nice though.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

This one shows some imagination:



 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

There's a website called Photoshop Disasters. Funny stuff.

Most contemporary movie posters would find a home there.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   Greg Phillips   (Member)

Saw this - thought it was apt!



http://phildragash.tumblr.com/post/169808335/picture-by-calvin-hollywood-this-is-a-good

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 6:02 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Yes, who could forget the imagination that went into movie posters like Star Wars. White lettering on a pure black background. :-P

Seriously I don't know if all these Photoshop posters are all that bad. But illustrations do seem to catch the eye a lot better.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 7:17 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

Just finished reading Frank Darabont's foreword in the latest collection of Drew Struzan's movie poster paintings, and although he comes off sounding like a grumpy old git - which he freely admits - he is dead right about one thing. Film posters these days, or should I say composites, well and truly SUCK!!!
They are soooo boring and unimaginative.
I really miss the works of art by Amsel, Struzan, Peak etc.
Now we just get photoshop paste-it's from some zero in marketing!
I think the last one I saw, in the current day standards, that looked half decent was the Dark Knight poster, with the bat sign in flames on the building behind Batman.
What do others think?



I agree with him wholeheartedly. I really miss the 60's & 70's artwork
and designs for movie posters by artists like Saul Bass, Frank McCarthy,
Frank Frazetta, Bob Peak and many, many more. But then, I miss almost
everything about movies from those two decades.

Den

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Serendipitously (I suppose), I checked out a book of soundtrack covers from my library a while back. What I wouldn't give to see some Jack Davis art for today's posters.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Reynold Brown!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2010 - 11:48 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

The same even applies to the ads they used to have in T.V. Guide for television films or miniseries.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 12:42 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I've been flipping through a bunch of 2010 posters, and 99.9% of them are photos of the actors posing, singly or in groups, head shots or long shots. It's very depressing. Documentaries, it seems, have the most original posters, since they generally have no actors. Even then, if the documentary is about someone famous, that person will be on the poster. Here's one that doesn't have a person.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 12:45 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Teaser posters are also less likely to have the actors on them. Such as this one:

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 12:49 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

More 2010 documentaies:







 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Photos of the actors, sure, but at least it's different and gives some sense of the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Another decent teaser poster:

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Photos, but arrayed in a visually arresting manner.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 1:15 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

A throwback (just like the movie) and one of the best posters of the year.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 1:22 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Photos CAN be made interesting.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I'm not sure what this movie is about, but the poster isn't the usual photo lineup.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2010 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Some bold graphics on this one.

 
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