IMP 2011 vol.1: Posters Awards
126 7.1 7.11. The Devil's Double (2011)
"The characters in this movie are all about excess. And this poster reeks of it. The guns, the clothes, the regal chair, even the rather obvious bulge in the man's pants. Oh, and if that's not enough, EVERYTHING is coated in gold. A very eye-catching design that drives home the concept of the film."
1387 7.8 7.92. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
"If you want to get someone's attention, this is the way to do it. Any fears that the remake of the Swedish film would be dramatically toned down for American audiences should've been put to rest with this poster. Although it likely wouldn't have made the walls of many theaters, people were still talking about this image months later."
803 6.9 7.23. The Ides of March (2011)
"How do you capture two big name actors when you only have room for one face? This design does a great job of merging George Clooney and Ryan Gosling together using a copy of Time Magazine. Each actor is clearly recognizable while at the same time they've created a rather creepy hybrid of the two of them."
1283 6.9 6.84. The Tree of Life (2011)
855 7.1 7.45. The Descendants (2011)
"For a film dealing with a man trying to reconnect with his somewhat estranged daughters, this poster does a great job of putting us in the mind of Clooney's character as he looks at his girls, seemingly so far away from him, with what's likely a sense of regret and hope. A simple but lovely design."
BEST TEASER POSTERS
1686 7.8 7.96. Drive (2011)
426 5.6 5.87. Final Destination 5 (2011)
2462 7.9 8.18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
709 6 6.29. The Rum Diary (2011)
1390 7.5 7.810. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Of course the award refers to the American 2011 version of the film, but since it's impossible to post the same item twice I used this.
"Being most people's first introduction to the film, this poster gives them a great idea of the dark tone of the storyline and their first glimpse of the unorthodox title character."
420 6 5.911. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
"Sure, butt crack jokes are not quite at the height of intellectual humor and if it were anything but a garden gnome showing a bit too much cheek it likely would be more disgusting than funny. But there is something rather hilarious about this image, especially with the addition of the laughing red gnomes in the background."
33 6.3 3.612. Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)
1378 6.9 7.313. Rango (2011)
260 6.2 6.314. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
3 0 5.915. How to Live Forever (2009)
740 6.4 6.716. Insidious (2010)
"The fact that some people thought the character looked like Justin Bieber might be reason enough for some to find this poster creepy but there is also something quite unsettling about the boy's eyes and his way-too-serious expression. Add in some ominous lighting and a great tagline and you get something your kids can hang on the wall to keep them awake at night."
3 5 4.217. Madison County (2011)
"Artist Tom Hodge has made a number of recent posters in the style of 70s exploitation films. They have all been rather creepy but this one is the creepiest in our opinion, with numerous women in peril, blood-soaked knives, and one scary psycho wearing a pig's head. The only hope the tagline offers for these poor women is for them to imagine it all away."
147 3.9 3.918. Shark Night 3D (2011)
854 5.9 6.219. Scream 4 (2011)
156 4.3 420. The Human Centipede II
"For anyone who has even heard of the original film, just the thought of a sequel is frightening enough. From a distance we see what looks like a human spine. But on closer inspection we can see that someone has taken the mad doctor's fantasy from the first film to even greater lengths. (We count 41 bodies in total.) That they are all naked and many of them appear to be bound just makes things worse."
BEST BLOCKBUSTER POSTERS
200 6.9 6.926. The Conspirator (2010)
446 6.9 6.827. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
1380 7.5 7.628. Hugo (2011)
9 6 6.629. Descendants (2008)
Like before, this item is just to represent "The Descendants" (2011).
"George Clooney is pretty much the opposite of Tom Cruise when it comes to movie posters. The poster for this film is no exception. Although his face is indeed on this poster, it's mostly obscured as he has his head turned. Certainly not trying to cash in on his star power."
13 6.9 6.430. The Exciting Life of a Tree (2000)
WORST MOVIE POSTERS
97 4.4 3.931. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)
11 5.7 3.332. Go for It! (2011)
"Where to start? The plasticized belly, the completely inappropriate expression on the girl's face, or the fact that her face seems to have been pasted into the shadows of the hoodie? Now if only they had used the tagline from the previous poster for the film: "She wasn't the best... it didn't matter." Then we would've had a true classic."
2 4 4.833. The Greening of Whitney Brown (2011)
"Admittedly, there actually is a scene in the movie where the horse rides in the back of a sports car. It looks phony and unrealistic there but that's nothing compared to the poster. How long must the back of the car be to fit the horse in? And why does nothing seem to have the right proportions here? Also, they've made the actors look so young in this poster one wonders if the actress playing the girl might actually be in her 30s. Aidan Quinn looks more like Chris O'Donnell here! Oh, and if you're wondering, the license plate refers to the name of the horse... of course."
68 5 5.134. Stay Cool (2009)
"Once again, a poster that seems to be telling everyone to run screaming in the opposite direction. This would've been bad even for a cheap 80s VHS cover. Everyone's been pasted together, seemingly at random, with the stupidest expressions possible on all the guy's faces. Then they use some filter to give it a "hand drawn" feel to hopefully cover up the bad cut and paste job they did."
1944 7.5 7.835. X-Men: First Class (2011)
"We could've chosen either of the silhouette posters for this film for the nomination. This one gets the nod thanks to the unfortunate feeling that James McAvoy's disembodied head is floating in Patrick Stewart's lap. McAvoy's raised eyebrow makes him seem to be saying "Aha! You never expected to find me here, did you?" There are so many interesting things that could've been done with this basic idea. This design (and we use the word loosely) is not one of them."
BEST CHARACTER SETS
1134 6.4 7.139. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
BEST TV POSTERS
3795 8 8.641. House M.D. (2004)
183 8.1 8.542. Louie (2010)
167 7.1 7.243. Nurse Jackie (2009)
1473 8.2 8.744. The Walking Dead (2010)
598 7.8 8.345. American Horror Story (2011)
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