Posters can be really effing generic these days. Throw a title up with some famous face, and some people think they have a classic ready to be framed. There were some exceptional one sheets this year (The Conjuring almost made the cut), so, without further ado, I present Movie MoJoe's first annual top 10 posters of the year.
10. This is the End
Apocalypse themed flicks were quite abundant this year, but no poster captured the loud, obnoxious, arrogant orgy like This is the End. It actually reminds me of the Toy Story 3 poster from a few years back. You know, without the whimsical smiling. The stars of the movie are in full freak out mode (even more front and center in this series of character one sheets), and I can't help but laugh at it whenever I see it.
Something is rotten in the Stoker family. Park Chan-wook's precise thriller had some other posters, but none is as stunning as this one. Mother Nicole Kidman and daughter Mia Wasikowska (along with the Stoker patriarch's casket) anchor the bottom of this artsy one sheet. It's as if everything is growing and rotting from the very base.
8. Lee Daniels' The Butler
I was worried when I saw the original poster for The Butler. It's so...blaaah and baity. This one came out a few weeks before the movie premiered. The scrawled, almost graffiti, texture and style of the actors' names behind the outline of Forest Whitaker's title character hits the notes more than the original. It's messier and rougher around the edges than its predecessor.
6. The Heat
Remember all the controversy over the airbrushing of Melissa McCarthy on the boring one sheet for The Heat? It has nothing on this Mondo version. The blazing yellow font and effinf artistry of this poster blows me away. It's also just fun. It reminds of an 80's buddy comedy that I would find in the back of my hometown video store. The poster doesn't play up the comedy as much as showcase the bevy of characters.
5. Escape from Tomorrow
Seeing Mickey Mouse's hand covered in blood is a very jarring image. I actually haven't seen Escape from Tomorrow (OnDemand here I come!), but that iconic gloved hand is enough to get me curious. The film was shot secretly in Disney World, and it's about a man who has hallucinations in the park while vacationing with his family. I sure hope Minnie Mouse is all right...
4. You're Next
The horror flick You're Next may not have been super successful at the box office, but it's clever and fun. And so is the poster. The slasher movie focuses on a family tormented by a small masked group of men in animal masks. The poster looks like a horror Humane Society board game.
3. The Bling Ring
The shade of it all indeed. Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring centers on the true story of a group of teenagers who stole millions of dollars in clothes and accessories from a variety of reality stars. The poster is very simple and glossy. These sunglasses look like they belong in a drawer in Paris Hilton's bedroom. Come and look at the dirty, pretty things. Everything's beautiful and fun until we get caught.
2. Spring Breakers
Scoff all you want. Find me another ad campaign that is as colorful and lurid than the saturated Spring Breakers. All the posters are bold and vibrant and dangerous. Some are scary and some are annoying. The movie isn't afraid to receive negativity. The scantily clad girls in their bright bikinis are not the kind of people you'd want to mess with. They would either shoot you or give you crabs. The casual nature in which they tote guns or scream your face is jarring and memorable.
I hope people aren't experiencing Gravity fatigue from me. You can read everything on Sandra Bullock's expressive face. I remember seeing this poster in a lit up case at my local theater, and I stopped walking. So much is being conveyed in her eyes that she should get an Oscar nomination for this moment alone. It's a movie that grabs you and doesn't let go for the entire duration, and the poster grabs you the same way.