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Reimagined movie posters from Claudia Varosio. (Eg., Fight Club, The Shining, The Man Who Fell to Earth) Also, Ross Berens's nine posters of the planets.
posted by OmieWise (33 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow. I really want those planet prints. Want so bad.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:00 AM on January 20, 2010


Not loving the movie posters (too similar for my tastes) but the planet posters? I want to go to there.
posted by The Whelk at 11:06 AM on January 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Those are nice and all, but this guy has a Flickr set of reimagined film posters that will fucking knock your socks off.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:06 AM on January 20, 2010 [33 favorites]


Having pluto in the front page is quite provocative ;)
posted by FumarMata at 11:06 AM on January 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


I really like the Edie Beale paper doll print :)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:08 AM on January 20, 2010


Is there any significance to the mantra-like symbols on the Mars and Saturn posters?
posted by Burhanistan at 11:10 AM on January 20, 2010


Not loving the movie posters (too similar for my tastes) but the planet posters? I want to go to there.
posted by The Whelk at 11:06 AM on January 20 [+] [!]


This.
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 11:16 AM on January 20, 2010


Those are nice and all, but this guy has a Flickr set of reimagined film posters that will fucking knock your socks off.

You know, hitting this FPP I was wondering "hey, I wonder if there are any Woody Allen posters" and by chance clicked on the Sleeper one in your linkset.
posted by griphus at 11:17 AM on January 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Those are nice and all, but this guy has a Flickr set of reimagined film posters that will fucking knock your socks off.

Ho. Ly. Shit.
posted by The Whelk at 11:22 AM on January 20, 2010


Brandon Schaefer's (from Haddock's link) posters are on sale too!
posted by griphus at 11:29 AM on January 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


The movie posters in the FPP are kind of annoying, twee, and too similar (but the planets ones are kind of nice). The movie posters in Admiral Haddock's comment are much better, but it illustrates a common problem in having regular graphic designers try to design movie posters (and quite a few other things): Everything gets reduced to a minimalistic design wank with emphasis on cleverness, and lots of "cool" typography.

I see this all the time when independent movie producers get some designer friend of theirs to make the poster. They may be good designers, but their idea of what makes a good movie poster has nothing to do with what's commonly seen, and 90% of their first drafts look like they really, really want to rip off Saul Bass, cut-out 60s fonts and all.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 11:35 AM on January 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


I like the planet posters but the movie posters don't really capture the tone of each of the films. Fight Club is all dark and sarcastic and flashy and quick-cuts. That penguin looks way too sanguine and the colors are too muted. The Shining is creepy as hell. The poster makes the girls almost look nice.
posted by mai at 11:42 AM on January 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Joakim - Personally, I (along with others in this thread, I'll assume) like these more as film-artifacts than advertisements. The sort of thing you hang up in your apartment when you want a genuinely original poster for your favorite movie instead of the 4-5 designs meant to market the movie instead of acknowledge it as a work of art worthy of homage.
posted by griphus at 11:44 AM on January 20, 2010


the movie posters don't really capture the tone of each of the films.

That, and they seem to have a certain current about them that suggests prior familiarity with each film's subject matter. A movie poster should entice with a hint of a movie's gestalt but not presuppose that a viewer has seen the movie. But, these being exercises in re-imagining, that is probably a moot point.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:47 AM on January 20, 2010


griphus: Yeah, they work well as that, I think, at least some of them. Also, from the descriptions on Flickr and some of the text on the posters, I get the feeling at least some are designed as posters to advertise film club screenings and so on, and they're probably quite effective for that, because they work for that audience. But I do find the monotony of style between all of them a bit boring.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 11:49 AM on January 20, 2010


the movie posters are a nice experiment in making all movies seem like Ghost World.
posted by shmegegge at 11:55 AM on January 20, 2010


Joakim - It is definitely a diamond-in-the-rough thing, where the style will occasionally hit the mark. Annie Hall is one of my favorite films and this is not remotely deserving. On the other hand, this one for Manhattan reflects the closeness/loneliness and the city-as-a-character imagery.

I find myself being fond of this Seventh Seal poster is better because it reflects both the starkness and the surprising amount of wit in the film; the latter is usually lost whenever it is referenced. This poster for the Rocketeer was a great chance to reflect the pulp aesthetic and totally misses it. On the other hand this one for Harey hits the Leave It To Beaver aesthetic dead-on.
posted by griphus at 12:01 PM on January 20, 2010


Ghost World is a nice experiment in life being as flat as movie posters.
posted by Babblesort at 12:05 PM on January 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love the solar system posters - very evocative of 60's & 70's era "what it will be like to live on the moon base in the 1990s" illustrations & articles I remember from my childhood!
posted by usonian at 12:06 PM on January 20, 2010


Nthing the sentiment that Claudio Varosio's posters are meh (off-the-shelf cheapo typography, lifeless vector illustration), Ross Berens' planet posters are fairly cool (if simple), and Brandon Schaefer's movie posters (linked by Admiral Haddock) are the shizznit.
posted by designbot at 12:08 PM on January 20, 2010


Yes, I think we're all in agreement that these reimagined posters are just a nod and a wink to people who know the movie already. But that's the "fun"--e.g. can you spot all of my references in this Back to the Future poster.

The designer's new project (I think he "makes something cool every day") has been covers of these "little books of knowledge"--little primers on The Wire, Quantum Leap, 2001, and others. I like his stuff.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:10 PM on January 20, 2010


I really like the planet posters but:

1) Having Pluto without the other dwarf planets is either too much or not enough.

2) It would really, really bug me that the posters aren't standardized in some way. They don't have to be identical, but they need some theme to tie them together (other than "these are all planets").
posted by DU at 12:11 PM on January 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


And by "my references in this poster" in my last post I'm paraphrasing Schaffer's caption under the BTTF poster. I am not him.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:12 PM on January 20, 2010


There's something weird going on in the stars behind Saturn and Uranus. Above each of those planets is a cluster of stars, but there's a sharp line cutting off the cluster. It's the exact same thing in both, and it looks especially weird on the Uranus one.
posted by nushustu at 12:14 PM on January 20, 2010


not a big fan of the planet posters but I really like the one of the kuyper belt's largest body.
posted by subtle_squid at 12:15 PM on January 20, 2010


2) It would really, really bug me that the posters aren't standardized in some way. They don't have to be identical, but they need some theme to tie them together (other than "these are all planets").

I personally decided to let the Pluto thing go, but I agree with this comment very much. I almost didn't post these because some of them have a glyph at the bottom that seems to situate the planet relative to others, while other posters don't have that at all. I wouldn't mind if it were located someplace other than the footer, but if it's on more than one it should be on all.
posted by OmieWise at 12:29 PM on January 20, 2010


1) Having Pluto without the other dwarf planets is either too much or not enough.

Well, much like the movie posters are artifacts rather than ads, I think the retro-styling on these presents Pluto as more of an outdated/nostalgic social construct, like the "orbits" visual metaphor for the atom.

(This is only inadvertently argue-with-DU day, I swear)
posted by griphus at 12:54 PM on January 20, 2010


personally, I like the FPP's movie posters compared to Brandon Schaefer ones.
posted by shownomercy at 1:01 PM on January 20, 2010


Brandon's Finding Forrester poster is entirely too lacking in "You're the man now dog."
posted by haveanicesummer at 4:03 PM on January 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog?
posted by banwa at 4:03 PM on January 20, 2010


God do I love good design. Thanks to both Omiewise and Admiral Haddock.
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:38 PM on January 20, 2010


They all look like New Yorker covers to me.
posted by scratch at 6:10 AM on January 21, 2010


not a big fan of the planet posters but I really like the one of the kuyper belt's largest body

There was an Eris poster?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:17 AM on January 21, 2010


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