The CoF Council Picks: Top 3 Movie Posters

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Hello Citizens!  We here in the City of Films love movie posters.  We don’t post a lot of news about posters because frankly nowadays they are boring and half-assed.  For any movie aficionado you know how great a movie poster can be; it’s art and that’s why we hang them in our homes.  You size it up, have it flattened, frame it and place her in just the right spot on the wall.  Move aside family portrait, The Goonies are going up!

The chosen posters below are not necessary from our homes or movies we saw or liked, but 3 of our favourite posters.  If you have a poster wall of your own you would like to show us, head over to our Facebook page and post it – we enjoy that.  BONUS: Check out our Top 3 DVD’s

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The Mayor - Graham McMorrow

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall
This is a prime example of a poster that will divide people into the love it or hate it categories.  I loved this poster before I saw the great movie for a few reasons.  It’s very simplistic yet revealing about the main character; in your life you have either seen this kind of writing on a wall somewhere or maybe even put the pen down yourself.  The poster is funny and pretty sad, it’s not often you can reveal this kind of emotion in a movie poster, it was risky and it paid off.

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Running with Scissors
Fact:  I have never seen this movie and don’t plan to.  I read the book which it is based on and hold it dear and true to my library.  When I first saw this poster I couldn’t help but laugh, they got it right.  The book and characters within are, to be blunt, disturbed.  This poster embodies the books sense of crazy very well, you can’t look away.

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The House of the Devil
This poster is one that made me fill up with so much nostalgia and love for the horror genre.  The main reason is, if you are not familiar with the film, it was made in 2009, doesn’t look like it right?  It’s one of the creepiest posters I’ve seen, the tagline reads:  “Talk on the phone. Finish your homework. Watch TV. Die.” The film is set in the 1980s and the poster was designed to reflect that.  There is so much genius in here, even the font impresses me.

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The District Attorney - Ryan Heinrichs

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Casino Royale
This was by far the best 007 movie poster. Like the movie I found it to be somewhat dark, edgier, and far less campy than the previous installments of the franchise [see]. The font could have had less…glow I guess, but the poker chips, the gun, the tuxedo; it all pretty much summed up what this movie was about. In fact the only thing that could have made this poster epitomise James Bond anymore would be to have a martini beside the gun and some cleavage in the background. He’s always shagging.

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Pulp Fiction
Honestly, there isn’t anything really special about this poster. Yet when I look at it, it just looks rough, gritty, and rather ahead of its time, do you get where I am going with this? There is so much going on here, the tone of this poster and the themes of this movie seem rather intertwined. Plus, I definitely am a little biased as I own this poster, and loved the film.

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The Dark Knight
Wow, this movie sure does seem to show up a lot in my writings and selections. However, I chose this for very good reasons. How undeniable is the performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker when he is as identifiable (if not more) than the caped crusader himself in print media. To put it simply, I look at this somewhat twisted poster and think Dark Knight. Off the top of my head I can’t think of another movie poster that features solely the antagonist in which he/she could fully embody the level of awesome you will find when you visit your local cinema, or pop in a DVD.

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The Commisioner - Kevin Fraser

Posters can be works of art in and of themselves.  Simple images that inflame the imagination and bring awe and wonder of what could be. The film won’t always live up to the hype but the beauty of the poster will always live on.  Picking my favourites was a bit of an impossible task. If you asked me again tomorrow I would probably pick three completely different posters, but for today these are my choices.

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Perfume : The Story of a Murderer
I saw this poster for the first time without any foreknowledge of the book or film. The simple yet captivating image immediately drew me in and I knew I had to see it. The film remains one of my favourites and the poster shows that Photoshop can be used for good. Unfortunately they decided to throw in some floating heads for the DVD release. Bah.

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The Fountain
What an odd little film. It’s only fitting that it has an odd little poster. The brave choice of keeping stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz [beautiful] so small in frame lets you appreciate the mysterious and unusual image which demands repeat viewings, much like the film itself.

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Titus
Confession time. I’ve never actually seen this film, but the poster has always stuck with me. The cracking peeling blue paint smeared over Antony Hopkins haunting visage is a very strong image indeed. If the rest of the film has imagery as strong as this I really do need to give it a watch.