1. Transformers: Dark of The Moon: Grad C
Another bland poster, but at the very least we can make out some of the details of Optimus Prime. Usually in images for Transformers films, the robots look like a hulking mound of scrap metal.
2. John Carter: Grade B-
As much as I like red, I think this poster would be better without it. A simple off-center image against a black background might be nicer.
3. Servitude: Grade B
Dave Foley, the consummate Canadian funny man, in a ten gallon hat, and a belt buckle the size of a dinner plate. It’s hard not to appreciate that.
4. Crazy Stupid Love: Grade C+
The separation between art and promotion at times can be maddening for one who simply appreciates poster art, this is a good example. The image is provocative and fun, but at the bottom of the poster we see a row of head shots of all the stars that distracts the eye.
5. The Mask of Sanity: Grade C-
This poster gets the indifference award for the week. There is nothing I can say about it other than the fact it is lazy and unimagined.
6. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2: Grade F
There are few films recently whose posters have felt more uninspired than the final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise. I chose this poster, because though it is the worst, it is somehow better than the rest. It is so bad that it seems a lot of effort went into it being bad, unlike every other poster I have seen for this film.
7. Tree of Life: Grade B-
The soft imagery offers a dreamy, almost childish feel. It even manages to evoke the lazy haze of a summer afternoon.
8. Vampires: Grade B
Simple, playful, with a fun little jab at the recent vampire uprising in pop culture.
9. Leap Year: Grade B+
We see a sad, and almost uncomfortable intimacy in this poster. It is human vulnerability on display.
10. Footloose: Grade A
I love the open spaces and the James Dean Americana. This poster should hang in a dusty collectible shop next to a velvet portrait of Elvis, and a faded war bond poster.
– James Merolla