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Friday One Sheet: BLUE VELVET

In the spirit of the recent passing of the great Dean Stockwell, here is designer Bryan Lenning's celebration of the moment, where Stockwell mimes to Roy Orbison in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. In fact, Lenning recently did a small trilogy...

Friday One Sheet: ENCOUNTER vs. ENEMY

Typically, I have nothing but praise for design house, B O N D. However, today, for their design for psychological sci-fi thriller Encounter, I want to demonstrate how uninspired their compositional riff on a much better poster looks. So, the...

Now Streaming: REYKA Grabs, MARVEL'S HIT-MONKEY Splats, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Flies

Two new series and a returning show debuted this week on BritBox, Hulu and Paramount Plus.

Friday One Sheet: Czech ALIEN, LOLA, CINDERELLA

We have talked in the past about the surreal and avant garde key art from 1970s and 1980s era Poland. It is worth highlighting some superb (and bold) posters from the former Czechoslovakian Socialist Republic of the similar era, that...

Friday One Sheet: BENEDETTA

No sense in burying the lede on the key art for Paul Verhoeven's Benedetta.  Violence, sex, and religious hypocrisy is on the first station of the cross in Intermission Studios latest key art for the film as it edges into...

Friday One Sheet: PERSONAL SHOPPER

Hybrid drama, mystery, thriller, ghost story, Personal Shopper made a pleasant splash on the art-house circuit in 2016. It was one of several major steps towards the notion that lead actress Kristen Stewart stop being considered as a cog in...

Now Streaming: THE INSPECTOR WEARS SKIRTS, Among Many Midnight Pulp Delights

Also: 'Dark Night of the Scarecrow' will celebrate its 40th anniversary on the streaming service, devoted to off-beat indie and international genre titles.

Friday One Sheet: THE SPINE OF NIGHT

The neo-psychedelic, pink and blue poster for The Spine of Night hits kind of a Twilight Zone on Acid vibe, with a hint of Krull.  Morgan Galen King and Philip Gelat's rotoscoped ultra-violent fantasy film is coming to the end...

Friday One Sheet: A BROKEN HOUSE

New key art from Akiko Stehrenberger is always a thing to celebrate; here for Jimmy Goldblum's short documentary, A Broken House (Hiraeth). A Syrian Architecture student in the United States, who smashed his own models meticulously handmade of his Damascus...

Friday One Sheet: THE HARDER THEY FALL

Scratchy, sunset backlit, spaghetti western vibes exude from the key art for Netflix's The Harder They Fall.  Even in 24x36 'portrait mode', instead of the typical ultra-wide framing of the genre (or even a UK Quad design), the composition of...

Destroy All Mentorships Preps the Future of Horror

It seems like there are so few good news stories out there at this particular point in time, and for obvious reasons. But if you look hard enough, there are people out there trying to make the world a little...

Now Streaming: COME FROM AWAY, THE DONUT KING, THE RABBI'S CAT

Singular visions from Canada (via Broadway), Cambodia (via U.S.) and Algeria (via France) explore terrorism, immigration and a talking cat.

Friday One Sheet: SALOUM

Forget the old Godardian nugget that all you need is a Girl and a Gun.  How about just a big ass gun? The poster for Senegalese supernatural revenge thriller, Saloum, goes for that Sergio Leone western vibe, with a modern,...

Genre Seeds: I START COUNTING, Bolstered By a Teen

Jenny Agutter and Bryan Marshall star in director David Greene's great adaptation of a noteworthy novel, now available on Blu-ray from Fun City Editions.

Friday One Sheet: ENCOUNTER

Design house B O N D's key art for Encounter (currently getting buzz on the festival circuit, before heading to cinemas and Amazon Prime in December), continues a trend I highlighted here, about this relatively recent poster trope: The Vortex....

Genre Seeds: A LIFE AT STAKE, Indie Noir Shines Darkly

Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes and Claudia Barrett star in an indie film noir, now available on Blu-ray from The Film Detective.

Friday One Sheet: THE MIDDLE MAN

I remain committed to showcasing key art that makes good use of textured wallpaper. In this case, the poster is for a Canadian/Norwegian production from deadpan director Bent Hamer. Hamer's films are difficult to describe, oddball dramas, subtle comedies, ultra-niche...

Japan Cuts 2021 Preview: Newcomers and Old Faves at Fest's Hybrid Edition

After last year's all online edition, Japan Cuts, North America's largest showcase for new Japanese films, has chosen to go for a combination of online and in-person screenings (at Japan Society) for their 15th edition, taking place 8/20 - 9/2....

Friday One Sheet: INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR

Perhaps it is because this poster reminds me of the cover art of Nirvana's 1991 Nevermind album, perhaps it due to all the negative space at the bottom, or perhaps I just like the rippling reflection of actress Selma Blair...

MINDFRAME(S) Podcast: PIG and Loss

For the past three years, I've been doing a podcast and of late it's been regular enough that it seems like a good idea to start posting episodes. It's called MindFrame(s) and my co-host Mike Cockerill and I like to...