We are not often as engrossed in a movie as we were in
The Trial of the Chicago 7
What is it? An Aaron Sorkin movie about the aftermath of the Chicago riot of 1968.
Why we love it? This is a court drama, a period piece and also a political story with current overtones. It’s brilliantly written and impressively acted, particularly by Sacha Baron Cohen. It keeps you involved in the story, makes you angry, moves you and occasionally even makes you laugh.
Visually speaking, the period piece is done right, including the costumes, the interiors and, notably, the group scenes, which have both a personal feel and almost a sense of a documentary.
This is an Eating a Humble Pie kind of recommendation because when we first watched Shame in a theater, we really failed to connect to it. And then for the longest time we quoted this movie as a prime example of something boring and empty. However, on a whim, we rewatched it recently and wow, did our perception change. We’re properly shamed (sorrynotsorry).
What is it? A 2011 movie directed by Steve McQueen, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, tells the story of Brandon, an outwardly successful man fighing his inner demons that manifest in sex addictions. When his sister arrives for a stay the facade of Brandon’s world begins to crumble. But it isn’t really about the plot so much.
Why we love it? Not so much for story reasons as for the artistic choices and, especially, the two stars’ performances. Fassbender, especially, is breathtaking in his humanizing and honest portrayal of Brandon. Alien as his life seems to us, his suffering appears universal.
Visually speaking, this movie uses light, camera angles and interior design in a smart way. The New York of Shame both looks good and repels the viewer with its coldness and emptiness, reflecting Brandon’s inner world (or one layer of it). And (we have to add it), Fassbender is quite uncommonly attractive, too.
Again we had the pleasure of designing an identity for the outdoor film festival Filmowa Stolica Lata (Summer Film Capital), taking place in Warsaw for the 15th time. During the festival people gather in various parts of the city (observing all the anti-Covid regulations this year) to watch classic, cult and some newer movies in nice company and festive atmosphere. This year we chose a chameleon to be the symbol of the event.
You can also see an animated version by the talented Esy-Floresy studio.
To celebrate another Oscar ceremony we would like to share with you a series of posters that we designed for a pre-ceremony movie viewing party. The party is held in an old movie theater that each year gets decorated with thematic posters for one evening of Oscar-related fun.
We chose to combine illustrations from famous movie posters with a few statistics about the award ceremony. We had to scratch our heads a little to come up with enough recognizable posters for movies that got at least a nomination (it surprised us, actually, that it wasn’t so easy) but in the end managed to gather a nice collection. Then we drew geometricized versions of Clark Gable, Uma Thurman and company (and had a lot of fun doing that).
(The original poster titles are at the bottom of the post, if you want to try to guess them on your own first.)
A series of posters with statistics:
The original posters in the theater.
You probably figured it out on your own, but the movies whose posters inspired us are the following: Pulp Fiction, Gone with the Wind, Cabaret, Singin’ in the Rain, High Noon, Forrest Gump, Dirty Dancing, Braveheart, The Graduate, Pretty Woman.
The project was made for Podpunkt studio.
A while ago we did a series of minimalist Disney posters which looked something like this:
and you can see the big versions here.
Last week we saw the newest pleaser from Disney, Brave, that we’d been waiting since first teaser trailer to see. Or more specifically, since we fell in love with Tangled and wanted to see something else equally exciting. Brave did not disappoint us (though it was surprising to see a Disney princess without a romance) and today we celebrate it with the twenty first minimalist poster.
Now we’re waiting impatiently for more Disney fun.
The launch of Avengers has us excited: we haven’t seen it yet and trailers left us with misgivings but Joss Whedon combined with superheroes is something to look forward to.
Now, since the previous sentence has stripped us of all appearances of non-geekiness – should you still imagine them – we may carelessly present our newest icon set: superheroes styled like the evergreen AIGA classic icons.
This may sound repetitive but it was so much fun to work on.
Just a matter of explanation (probably an extremely irrelevant one but, just for the fellow geeks out there): we had to make somewhat arbitrary decisions about the names, especially in the DC universe where one superhero tends to have many names. When in doubt we trusted this site. And yes, we just said DC universe.
So, without further babble, we present modernist superhero icons.
You might wonder why there are no X-Men (or you might not, but I sure would). Here’s why: since X-Men are the coolest superheroes ever, we’ve devoted a whole separate post to them. Stay tuned.
First, thanks for all the interest in our recent TV shows posters and all the nice reactions. In the future we plan to expand this project but today it’s a different set of posters.
Even though we’re not exactly a target group, we loved Tangled and it reminded us of all those older Disney animations we were brought up on. So today we present our tribute: simple posters for 20 classic Disney movies. Again, it was so much fun.
And, should you be interested, the posters are available here.
Snow White and Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Peter Pan (1953)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
The Jungle Book (1967)
Robin Hood (1973)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The Lion King (1994)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
(Obviously this is fan work and we don’t own either Disney or its titles.)
P.S. And here a poster for Brave.
We saw Steve McQueen’s movie Shame because of the poster above, on the left. We found it intriguing and remarkably quiet: the kind of poster which suggests things rather than yells at you. It has gloomy yet tasteful colors and impressive typography without unnecessary frills: just white Futura, smaller than it might be and more arresting for that. We weren’t alone in our appreciation because the poster has been cropping up on lists of best movie posters for 2011.