Re: Roger Ebert's Top Posters of the Decade
A few days ago, film critic Roger Ebert tweeted about a link to a list of the ten best movie posters of the decade. The selection was comprised by Adrian Curry, and it included the following films in order:
- Funny Games
- The Savages
- The 40 Year-Old Virgin
- I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
- Anything Else
- The Girlfriend Experience
- Morvern Callar
- The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
It was definitely an interesting set of film posters, but I can't say I agree with Curry. Funny Games and Palindromes I do think are well-crafted, but I wouldn't go so far as to say they're among the ten best-looking movie posters of the decade.
Ebert initally referred to Curry's list as "bleh," then reorganized his thoughts and stated that Curry's list was okay. But it encouraged him to create his personal best list, and it reads as follows (in no particular order):
- About Schmidt
- Almost Famous
- Food, INC.
- From Hell
- Hard Candy
- Friday the 13th
- Jennifer's Body
- Kill Bill
- Man on Wire
- The Rules of Attraction
- Running with Scissors
- After Life
- The Queen
- Romance & Cigarettes
- Sin City
- The Abandoned
- The Girlfriend Experience
- Thirteen Ghosts
- Walk the Line
Though it has the benefit of being much longer, I do find more to agree with in Ebert's picks, although I think The Queen is one of the more bland choices, and Running with Scissors would probably get my vote for worst poster of the decade.
Just as Ebert was inspired to craft a list based on someone else's, I, too, feel obliged to give my two cents. Going over the film posters from these passed nine years, it was hard to narrow the list down. There have been some really great ones, but I wanted to include only ten.
So, here are my picks for the ten best posters of the decade. My criteria? These are posters that force you to stop and really marvel at their design. Even if the film looks bad (or turns out that way), the poster alone may be enough of a reason to pull you in. Also, it helps if the layout explains what the film's about without ruining anything.
(10) - CHOKE
This was on Ebert's list, too, and I definitely felt like I had to include it on mine. I haven't seen this, and, honestly, I'm not even that sure what it's about. But I love the poster design regardless. 2008
(9) - GRIZZLY MAN
I didn't expect to have a documentary make my list. But then again, how many of them boast impressive-looking posters like this one? Clearly, it's not a real man standing that close to a real bear, but it does give you a disturbing glimpse into what the film is about. 2005
(8) - RED CLIFF
There's definitely a sense of wow that comes over you when you look at this design of a warrior overseeing a gigantic landscape. The film only came out this year, so that's part of the reason for why I have it in a relatively low spot on the list; I want to give it even more time to grown on me. But that shouldn't take too much effort at all. 2009
(7) - SUPERMAN RETURNS
Say what you will about the film itself (and I assume most won't say anything too nice), but this was a fantastic-looking poster. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it goes along with how director Bryan Singer presented Superman, which was Christ-like. 2006
(6) - 3:10 TO YUMA
The first time I saw the preview for this film, I was pretty underwhelmed (although I'm glad I eventually wised up and saw it). But one thing that definitely didn't disappoint was the poster. Having a sort of old-school yet modern feel to it (in addition to including the best character from the movie), I can honestly say the poster inspired me to give the film a shot, no pun intended. 2007
(5) - SPIDER-MAN
It's a teaser poster, not the film's official layout design, but it's till plenty effective. In fact, it accomplishes the goal it's meant to as a teaser: getting you interested in what more the film has to offer. 2002
(4) - BATMAN BEGINS
I have the exact model posted over my bed, and staring at it never gets old. I don't think any poster by itself got me so amped up to see a film. After enduring Schumacher's cartoonish Batman films, this prepared you for a much more serious, realistic endeavor. 2005
(3) - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
There were many posters for this film, the majority of which included Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst with their eyes replaced with words. This one, however, was definitely the best design to my favorite film from the decade. The way the words begin to fade out as you go up toward the light really tell you what the film's about without actually telling you anything. 2004
(2) - AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATERS
This was an amazing poster to a really, really terrible movie (and this is coming from someone who loves the series on Adult Swim). Now, I don't think one thing in this design showed up in the film, but that's the nature of the show: it thrives off of being incredibly random. 2007
(1) - STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH
Even the films in the Star Wars saga that weren't exactly masterpieces had some fantastic poster designs, but this was one of the best in the entire series (if not the best). In general, posters that include hand-drawn artwork of the highest quality stand out best, and that definitely applies here. 2005
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