With the highly anticipated “The Dark Knight Rises” opening this week, we felt it only fitting to offer up a REDUX of the many posters already in circulation. This poster, by British artist Shaun Watson, is designed in classic film noir style.
With “The Amazing Spider-Man” hitting theaters this week (I guess we haven’t had enough Spider-Man movies already, right? Hello?), I decided to share some kick-ass Spider-Man comic art (yeah, I didn’t have the time to write an amazing post of my own).
Artist: Rain Beredo aka Summerset
Artist: Andie Tong aka deemonproductions
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Artist: Mark Brooks aka diablo2003
Artist: Arian Noveir aka PhantomxLord
[“Zombie Spider-Man”] Artist: Adam Freeman
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Artist: Joe Quesada
Artist: Mike Deodato
Artist: Robert Hough
Artist: J. Scott Campbell
[Spider-Man Zombie] Artist: Chris Fulton
Artist: Andie Tong aka deemonproductions
Artist: Dash Martin
Artist: Jeremy Roberts
Artist: Carlo Pagulayan
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With the remake of this classic film due out in 2013, we felt a REDUX of the original movie poster, by acclaimed British artist Olly Moss, was in order. The original film, directed by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, starred Peter Weller as Robocop. Verhoeven and the film’s producers originally wanted Rutger Hauer and Arnold Schwarzenegger(!) for the title role but ultimately felt each actor’s large size would have made it difficult to maneuver in the cumbersome Robocop suit.
Verhoeven claims that, when he first glanced through the script, he discarded it in disgust. Afterwards, his wife, after picking the script from the bin and reading it more thoroughly, convinced him that the plot had more substance than he had originally assumed. The movie was originally given an X rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in 1987 due to its graphic violence. To appease the requirements of the ratings board, Verhoeven reduced the blood and gore in the most violent scenes in the movie.
Robocop was released in American theaters on July 17, 1987 and opened #1 at the US box office, grossing over $8 million in its opening weekend and, despite the extreme violence, becoming the 16th most successful film that year.
Although he may refer to 1984’s sci-fi thriller “The Terminator” as his first feature-length film, James Cameron (who was originally hired as the special effects director for the film) took over the directing duties on 1981’s “Piranha II: The Spawning” (also known as “Piranha II: Flying Killers“) when the film’s original director was removed by executive producer Ovidio G. Assonitis. Cameron, who also re-wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym H. A. Milton, clashed over creative decisions with Assonitis and was eventually disallowed from seeing the shot footage and banned from the editing room.
The film, a sequel to Joe Dante’s successful low-budget 1978 film “Piranha“, is considered one of the worst films ever made.
You can read a humorous observation of the film over at www.badmovies.org
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This week, we bring you the original Polish movie poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller, Strangers on a Train. The poster was illustrated by award-winning Polish artist Witold Janowski. The film, based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, earned an Academy Award nomination for its stark cinematography.
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Illustrator James Rheem Davis gives the REDUX treatment to Bronx-born director Abel Ferrara‘s rape revenge movie, “Ms. 45” The film, a chilling female version of “Death Wish” (starring tragic actress Zoë Tamerlis Lund), was trashed by critics upon its release in 1981 but has built a cult following over the years.
Ferrara shot the low budget exploitation tale in New York City with many of the scenes shot without any staging or permits. Tamerlis, who also had a role in Ferrara’s 1992 film “Bad Lieutenant” (she also co-wrote the screenplay), was only 17 when the film was made. She went on to write at length about heroin and advocated it for legal recreational use in the USA. She died in Paris at only 37 years old, however, from her heroine and cocaine abuse.
If movies featuring rape and murder (by a stunningly beautiful mute woman wearing a nun’s outfit) doesn’t bother you, this movie still packs a gut punch. The uncut DVD, Blu-ray, digital copy is now available in the US, released by Drafthouse Films.
This week’s movie poster is one of the über-classic films of the 70’s: Sydney Lumet’s “Serpico” starring Al Pacino (who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as whistle-blowing New York City policeman Frank Serpico). The poster was illustrated by artist Jay Shaw.
The story was filmed in New York City. A total of 104 different locations in four of the five boroughs of the city (all except Staten Island) were used. An apartment on Minetta Street in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village was used as Serpico’s residence, though he lived on Perry Street during the events depicted in the film.
An unprecedented budget of $102 million (1991 dollars), 3.5 times the cost of the average film and approximately 15 times the $6.4 million budget of The Terminator, was reserved for Terminator 2 making it the most expensive film made up to that point. According to The Daily Sentinel and The Daily Beast, Arnold Schwarzenegger was given an $11–12 million Gulfstream III business jet, while $5–6 million was allocated towards James Cameron’s salary. Although the film was commonly described by the media as the most expensive film ever made at the time, if adjusted for inflation, Cleopatra (1963), would have cost $219 million in 1995 dollars.
Terminator 2 made extensive use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) to vivify the main two Terminators. Creation of the visual effects cost $5 million and took 35 people, including animators, computer scientists, technicians and artists. Despite the large amount of time spent, the CGI sequences only total five minutes of running time.
Terminator 2 was a box-office success, earning $204.8 million in the United States and Canada alone, and $519.8 million worldwide. The film actually outperformed the full gross of the original movie within 2 days of release.
Oh, and here’s a fun fact: Cameron’s original pick to play the T-1000 was rock musician Billy Idol (!)
This week’s movie poster is a REDUX of David Fincher’s dark comic drama, “Fight Club” illustrated by freelance artist Thodoris Laourdekis. The film, which starred Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, and an unforgettable Brad Pitt, was based on a novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk.
Did You Know? Russell Crowe was considered to play Tyler Durden and actually met with a producer to discuss the part, but it was Brad Pitt who ended up with the role, adding $17.5 million to his bank account in the process. Edward Norton was cast by Fincher because of his performance in The People Vs. Larry Flynt, and took the studio’s offer of $2.5 million. It’s good to be the star, yes?