Tuesday Movie Poster Round Up

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1. No Strings Attached: Grade F

This is one of the worst weeks for the Poster Round Up, and this poster is a good example. Natalie Portman is always a delight, but is there anything more generic looking than this poster?

2. The Roommate: Grade D

This poster is blatantly derivative, on top of the colors and details being washed out and ugly. Leighton Meester’s menacing look is also pretty comical.

3. Gulliver’s Travels: Grad C-

A cute and fun poster, but a little too glossy, even for a lighter film like this. There is such thing as making the edges too round. (That is not a poke at Jack Black’s physique).

4. The Next Three Days: Grade C

A somewhat interesting design that seems lazily put together. There is a good design but nothing is held together with any real interesting cohesion.

5. Blue Valentine: Grade C

This is the very opposite of the last poster reviewed for Blue Valentine. Where the last one is wrapped in a dark cocoon, this one is open and bright, which gives it the typical romance movie feel, and seems to contradict the rest of the marketing for the film.

6. Requiem Pour Une Tueuse: Grade B-

Melanie Laurent strikes an imposing figure, which obviously makes the poster immediately intriguing. However, though minimal designs are normally more effective, this poster feels a little too stark.

7. Every Day: Grade D

Is there anything in this poster that isn’t poorly designed? The main problem is the photo booth-like images of the actors, it just feels awkward. The color isn’t terrible though.

8. Burning Palms: C+

This is a great use of color, and a very cool urban landscape shot, but it is very cluttered. All the actors are crammed together and seem to be fighting for space, not just with each other, but also the title, and the landscape image.

9. Brighton Rock: Grade B

It certainly isn’t the best or most original poster ever reviewed for the Round Up, but it is tightly put together and makes good and tasteful use of the water color graphic design that has become common in posters lately.

10. True Grit: Grade A

This is one of many character posters for the Coen brother’s upcoming film, and it is the most expressive. Every ridge of Jeff Bridges’ face is like a work of art put together with sandpaper and tobacco spit.

4 Comments
  1. Quotes on Change says

    The Roommate’ is kind of a ‘Single White Female’ in a college setting. And it’s not rated R, but PG-13, so the young woman demographic can enjoy getting scared. -Mary Nayman

  2. My Head Exploded says

    No, but seriously, where do you get off? I can’t wait until tomorrow to see what horrible “arguments” you come up with to back up your ridiculous criticisms.

  3. Susannah Straughan says

    Great round-up James. I don’t know what is more shocking — the news that Shannen Doherty is still making movies, or the fact that Michelle Williams looks about 60 in the Blue Valentine poster.

    Jeff Bridges is now officially the Duke rather than the Dude? You’re right, his face is acquiring the right degree of cragginess.

  4. My Head Exploded says

    I don’t understand where these design biases come from or how you can judge a poster just based on “This is one of the worst weeks for the Poster Round Up, and this poster is a good example.” How is it a a good example? Why is it just generic?

    How is this any different the the Blue Valentine poster of just two people with their heads together? That doesn’t show us too much. At least the NSA poster is engaging and flirty.

    “It certainly isn’t the best or most original poster ever reviewed for the Round Up, but it is tightly put together and makes good and tasteful use of the water color graphic design that has become common in posters lately.” I don’t understand your grading system. It is not the best or original? Yet it gets a B, but NSA gets an F for being generic?

    “This is a great use of color, and a very cool urban landscape shot, but it is very cluttered. All the actors are crammed together and seem to be fighting for space, not just with each other, but also the title, and the landscape image.” The colors
    are ok, not your typical orange and blue, but the floating heads, the tacky palm tree with the hanged man, the tag line; it’s so corny. You say it’s crammed together yet this deserves a C+?

    Where do you get off sir?

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