Tag: poster

Friday One Sheet: PUSH

Hot Docs is coming to Toronto, and what better way to celebrate that than with a documentary on the increasing urban-global housing crisis (of which several Canadian cities qualify). Fredrik Gertten's documentary examines the 'gentrification' issue in a variety of...

Friday One Sheet: PARASITE

There are so many curious things on display in the first piece of key art for Bong Joon-Ho's latest film Parasite.There is the obvious dead body in the bottom corner. However, the censorship on the various characters' eyes -- star...

Friday One Sheet: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

Uncluttered concept, unconventional placement of credit blog, and pastel pink horror - The latest anthology film has a suite of posters that know the value of negative space, but none quite as striking as this bathroom nightmare. Does it get...

Friday One Sheet: Leaning Against The Frame In ONCE UPON A TIME IN... HOLLYWOOD

The strange marketing materials for Quentin Tarantino's '9th Film' (as the poster says) feature (across two one sheets) the trio of lead characters leaning against 'the frame' of the poster. It is also present in one of the initial pieces...

Friday One Sheet: FINGERS

Eschewing the usual 'Indie Yellow,' the key art for Juan Ortiz's crime comedy, Fingers, comes as a hand-drawn (ahem, sorry) collage on a palm with partially and fully severed digits, framed in water-stained pink. Artist and designer Emily J. Moore,...

Friday One Sheet: GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR

Evoking the middle space between Darren Aronofsky's mother! poster, and the Russell Mills' Downward Spiral art from Nine Inch Nails' iconic 1994 album, the one-sheet for SXSW debuting Girl On The Third Floor is eye catching to say the least....

Friday One Sheet: HAIL SATAN?

Leaving neon behind for a spell, and focusing on the dark lord himself, this week's key art is from Penny Lane's documentary that focuses on the religious group, The Satanic Temple. Hail Satan? still cheekily catches the eye with its...

Friday One Sheet: DIVINE LOVE and Neon Iconography

This column's obsession with neon continues with the key art for Brazilian drama and Sundance entry, Divino Amor. The design feels like those ubiquitous paperback novels of the 1980s, dealing more in iconography than 'description.' Even the tagline here, "True...

Friday One Sheet: TEEN SPIRIT

Even after the Pink Explosion of Key Art in 2017, I still find the colour endearing in all its forms in movie poster design. Case in point is the one sheet for Max Minghella's Teen Spirit, which features a fuchsia...

Friday One Sheet: DESTROYER (en Français)

High contrast. Minimalist design. Emphasize movie star. Dominating typeset. This. Is. A. French. Movie poster.  And yet it has all the Hollywood elements too.  All you need is A Girl, A Gun, and Hyperbolic pull-quotes. (Jamais! Jamais!) Don't get me...

Friday One Sheet: HIGH LIFE Essays Biology in Space

Thus far, 2019 has been the year of Green. While two weeks hardly make a trend, it cannot be understated how underused green is in movie key art. Here is the poster for Claire Denis's 'sex-ain't-sexy' space drama, High Life,...

Friday One Sheet: TRANSIT

Part near-future science fiction, and (seemingly) a hybrid remake of both Casablanca and The Passenger, Christian Petzold's Transit is a strange beast of a film. The Boland Design Co. offers a gorgeous, green tinted piece of key art that emphases...

Friday One Sheet: HOTEL MUMBAI

As fitting for a movie with the word HOTEL in the title, the most recent poster for Hotel Mumbai features the sumptuous interior design of one of the rooms. Because the film is about the 2008 terror attacks on the...

Friday One Sheet: The Best Posters of 2018

The beauty of 2018, in terms of Key Art, was in the wide range of styles and colour palettes that were designed for a difficult to categorize year, that was a mix of throwback aesthetics, experimentation and clean minimalism. There...

Friday One Sheet: GRETA

The teaser poster for Neil Jordan's latest thriller, Greta, is going the 'book cover' route in terms of design. That is to say, using icons, the fish hook and the work briefcase. The background is painted with a bold yellow...

Friday One Sheet: Baby It's A COLD PURSUIT Outside...

Cold Pursuit is latest in a series of Liam Neeson revenge pictures. It is a remake of Hans Petter Moland's (here directing again) thriller, In Order Of Disappearance, which starred Stellan Skarsgård and Bruno Ganz. The 2014 version had a...

Friday One Sheet: SHAZAM! (And the Deadpool Effect)

It has been a slow month for movie posters. And I rarely highlight superhero stuff, because I am no expert at the nuance/history of the characters and they are ubiquitious, and generally they are lazy. And yet, here we are...

Friday One Sheet: God's Eye View in ARCTIC

Maximizing negative space is a tried and true strategy to communicate "Survival Movie" with your key art. Big kudos to design studio B O N D for going all the way with the full God's Eye snowy wasteland view for...

Friday One Sheet: BOY ERASED

Various groups in the LGBTQ community have designed some excellent posters in partnership with Focus Features and Joel Edgerton's earnest/activist (and middle-brow) Conversion Therapy expose Boy Erased. I am partial to this minimalist one, from The National Centre of Lesbian...

Friday One Sheet: Floating Heads, The Horror, The Horror

It is the week of Halloween, and horror movie posters abound. But the real horror is the poster-trend that never seems to die: the infamous floating heads. This trend came to prominence in the age of Walmart DVD shelves. Getting...