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Monday, January 6, 2014

Top 10 Week... Posters of 2013

#10: Saving Mr. Banks

A bit obvious? Perhaps, but charming nevertheless. And, really, what other image could better encapsulate a movie about the creator of Mickey Mouse and the creator of Mary Poppins?

#9: World War Z

I didn't care much for World War Z as a movie, but the poster is great. A relentless mass out to destroy everything in its path, making no place a "safe place" - even the sky.

#8: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Catching Fire had a lot of posters, but this elaborate little number is my favorite. I particularly like that President Snow is blindfolded, evoking/mocking the image of Justice.

#7: Escape From Tomorrow

There could be no better poster for a film made guerrilla style within Disney World, and about a man whose family vacation turns into a nightmare.

#6: Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color is another film with plenty of posters, but I like this one because pokes fun at the controversy that has surrounded the film since it's debut at Cannes. "Explicit feelings," indeed.

#5: Stoker

A beautiful piece of work that nicely incorporates various elements of the story into its design, and conveys an appropriately gothic, slightly sinister, vibe.

#4: Nebraska

Stark, simple, and just a touch enigmatic. The poster for Nebraska is the perfect representation of its main character, a man slipping away into the darkness of dementia.

#3: Frances Ha

Like the previous entry, the poster for Frances Ha is about distilling the essence of its main character. A young woman who, despite rough times, ultimately never looses her sense of joy, Frances is a delightful character, which the poster perfectly encapsulates.

#2: Berberian Sound Studio

I unfortunately haven't been able to see Berberian Sound Studio, but it sounds like a supremely creepy film and this is a pretty creepy poster. Film and madness, they go together like peanut butter and jam.

#1: Gravity

A still image could never replicate how unsettling the experience of watching Gravity is, but this poster comes about as close as possible.

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