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Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday's Top 5... Posters of the 2000s

#5: Inglorious Basterds

With a poster like this, you pretty much know what to expect from the film. Artfully gory, it tells you that this is not a film to be triffled with; it means business.

#4: Burn After Reading

You might have to see the movie to appreciate how deliciously absurd and absolutely appropriate the poster image is. The artwork is simple but it definitely sums up the mood of the film.

#3: Memento

Memento is a puzzle of a movie, which is why I like this poster so much. The picture in a picture in a picture (and so on) really captures the insular nature of the story and the way that it's always looking back at itself as it moves in reverse linear fashion.

#2: The Dark Knight

This is easily one of the most iconic images of the last decade, made all the more so by Heath Ledger's untimely death. It's creepily perfect, even if it does serve to underscore the fact that Batman villains have a tendency to be more interesting than Batman himself.

#1: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume has a few really beautiful posters to its credit, but this one is definitely my favourite. The story is about a man who kills to attain his own version of beauty, so using the image of a woman splitting into rose petals - a romantically violent image - works well.


Danny King said...

I'm always interested as to how often a good movie poster corresponds to a good movie. In this case, with 2-5, they are all fantastic films. However, I have yet to see 'Perfume'; to be honest, I haven't even heard of it, but I am very intrigued by that poster.

filmgeek said...

Great selection. I'm a movie poster geek and I can't believe I've not come across that Perfume poster before. It's amazing

Norma Desmond said...

@Danny King: I highly recommend Perfume, both the film and the novel.

@filmgeek: It really is gorgeous, isn't it?

M. Carter @ the Movies said...

I also love the posters for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Zombieland." The most recent gem, though, has to be the poster for "The Informant!" Matt Damon's oddball expression is PRICELESS.