1. In Time: Grade C
I like Justine Timberlake, I really do, but, and many will disagree, he can’t carry a film. Amanda Seyfried isn’t the focus of this poster only because she is very good looking, but because Timberlake lacks any and all presence.
2. 11-11-11: Grade C-
I’m sorry to anyone who may be fans of the films, but the director of Saw II, III, and IV being a major point of emphasis in the marketing of this film makes me chuckle.
3. Texas Killing Fields: Grade C-
The primary image isn’t bad, but it is tainted by the large block of head shots from the actors.
4. Starry, Starry, Night: Grade C+
Yes, Woody Allen films aren’t the only ones that can use Van Gogh’s Starry Night as a poster, but did the makers of this poster have to use it in the same year?
5. Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da: Grade B
It doesn’t do anything new, but the slash of red looks good, along with the detailed design.
6. Un ete brulant: Grade C
Two extraordinarily sexy actors without much to do in terms of selling this poster.
7. Another Happy Day: Grade B
Very similar to the poster for Texas Killing Fields, it takes what is a good, provocative image, and clogs it up with head shots from the actors. At least in this poster the head shots have a little more artistic finesse.
8. Melancholia: Grade B-
I don’t like this image, I don’t even like its use in the trailer either. I am sure within the confines of the film it works quite well, but without the context, and understanding of Von Trier’s expression, it comes off rather hokey.
9. Cronicle: Grade B
There is something oddly dark about this poster. It seems to invoke a deep rooted fear.
10. Interior/Exterior: Grade A
Minimalistic and monochromatic, it is more expressive in its simplicity than any of the other posters on this list.
– James Merolla