It’s almost the end of the year and that can only mean one thing, year-end lists! Hooray! Christmas doesn’t do it for me anymore, but you might have noticed how much I love lists. Unfortunately, Adam and I do not have press passes or DVD screeners (yet), so a legitimate top ten list for 2010 will have to wait until we’ve sufficiently caught up on our viewing. But you know what I have seen… posters. In fact, just about every 2010 film has released a poster, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all of them (thank you internet). So unless The Fighter releases something less abysmal in the next two weeks, this list should be definitive.
I went with 20 just so there’s more to look at and I plan on keeping the commentary on the short side. To be clear, these are posters for films released in 2010. I haven’t seen every movie from the posters I’ve picked and the quality of the film had no bearing on my selections. My only real criteria is: “Would this look good framed and hanging on my wall?”
Kells had a very limited, secret one week run last year, and then a 2010 release, so I think it counts for a tied for 20th this year. I grouped these two because they are very similar and animated films. I like how they tell you everything you need to know by showing very little.
These are usually pretty generic, and this one even suffers from a sparkly trend. No matter, it’s different enough from the previous 6 Potter’s to let you know that this time they’re on the run and things will be different. (Too bad the movie was just them sitting around whining)
18. I Am Love
Elegant, sophisticated, and smart enough to highlight the film’s best asset…the talented Tilda Swinton.
16. Toy Story 3
15. The Town
14. Animal Kingdom
It’s a striking juxtaposition. I wish the top image was a little stronger, but you take the two images, the title, and the plain tag “a crime story” and suddenly something simple appears violently complex.
11. Another Year
Say what you will about Tyler Perry (seriously, go ahead, his films are awful), but his films tend to have at least one good poster. Love the watercolor look dissolving into tears. It’s classier and subtler than any of his movies could ever be.
9. True Grit
Not nearly as great as the many The Dark Knight posters, nevertheless, this teaser poster is still pretty nifty and communicates the tone quite nicely. (If only this fan made poster was real)
6. 127 Hours
A rip-off/homage to Vertigo but its germane, eye-catching, and well executed.
4. Rabbit Hole
3. Let Me In
2. Black Swan
No tag, nothing fancy, just an arresting photo of the film’s star with a shallow depth of field and a virginal background. I’d be thoughtless if I didn’t mention the art-deco/retro international teaser posters which are equally striking. (This one being my favorite)
Love the comic-book style spelling of the title. Love the tag (Favorite of the year). Love the vibe. Love the solid background. Love the tidy design. Love the hologram version with Cera rocking even harder. (There’s a great poster that was made for an Alamo Drafthouse screening, but I love this one more so I’m treating it like the Inception fan-made poster. By mentioning its existence I’ve done my job.)
I don’t like to do worst lists (especially since most posters are sucky and generic and fall into this category), but I feel a special mention must be made for the Yogi Bear poster… so, so very wrong.
What was your favorite?
Anything strike you as terrible?
Right poster, wrong order?
Let me hear it.