The Round-Up is a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short. Let’s get started, shall we?
1. Moneyball: Grade C+
I’m still having trouble believing they made a film based on the book of the same title, but it looks like it was developed into a pretty typical heartfelt drama. But, we are talking about the poster here, and this was the best I could find. I always like the look of posters that have the “man vs the world” look to them, like this one. But, the block of text that seems squeezed together is a little distracting.
2. Rise of The Planet of The Apes: Grade C
It may not be as clever as the artist hoped it would be, however, I do love the splash of green against the black and gray.
3. Best Intentions: Grade B
I have no idea what is going on in this poster, and it is the bizarre, yet subtle, surreality that makes it interesting. The mint green, and the touches of pink also give it an Easter egg feel.
4. Kotirauha: Grade D
The guy in this poster seems so awkward and out of place that I just had to include it. He looks like a guy that stumbled out of a bar and in a flash found himself in a muddy looking movie poster.
5. The Wholly Family: C-
This poster feels very sloppy, particularly the image of the woman with the veil. It seems very tacked together, with great attention to detail, but little attention to its execution.
6. Dangerous Methods: Grade F
Perhaps I am being too harsh with my grade, but it is hard not to expect more for a film directed by someone of David Cronenberg’s caliber. This is a very uneven, cloudy looking poster that does nothing in terms of mood, or accentuating the characters in it.
7. Contagion: Grade C
There is something very odd about all the posters I’ve seen for this film. I can’t really put my finger on it, but they all seem like candid shots of the actors, but in a much more literal sense than you typically see. It seems as though the actors literally had no idea they were being photographed. Luckily for this particular poster, the grace of Marion Cotillard saves it.
8. Dark Horse: Grade B
There is a disturbing thread that runs through this poster. I think it maybe the image of the necklace intertwined with the chest hair…in fact I’m certain it’s that.
9. Salt n’ Pepper: Grade A-
The rich and bright shades of green as the backdrop to the textured looking red is great. However, the colors are a little more washed out than I’d like to see.
10. We Need to Talk About Kevin: Grade A
This poster is very clearly inspired by some great posters of the 60’s and 70’s. But, what makes it even better is the unique color tone. It is a foreboding green hue that washes over the images, creating a very unsettling feel.
– James Merolla