Hanna: Review & Alternative poster

Hello once again – I’m back with a review and poster for Hanna – this is my first review in a while so I may be a bit rusty… Anyway, onwards…

Joe Wrights last movie, ‘The Soloist’ was meagre Oscar bait that was limp and dull, despite starring some fine actors. Atonement proved he was a serious director, and there were some shots in that movie which blew me away, Wright has an amazing eye for composition. I’m glad to say that Hanna is Wrights best film so far.

Telling the story of a father and daughter living in a forest, Hanna is no ordinary girl – she has been conditioned to be a sort of ‘super-soldier’, and she is wanted by the CIA. At this point it sounds a bit hackneyed and cliched but Wright makes the whole universe wholly believable and engaging. As with Atonement, Hanna is a stunning looking film, immaculately framed in the right places. When the action/chase scenes begin, it gets very Bourne like, with some heave handheld work – it works great.

The score was written and performed by the Chemical Brothers, and it suits the film to a tee. At times feeling like a music video, the score gives the movie a great energy. After the likes of Daft Punks Tron Soundtrack and this, big name bands doing soundtracks is something I hope is done more often – with care of course.

Performances are all fantastic too, Saoirse Ronan gets better every time I see her in a film. Cate Blanchett is great as per usual.

Everyone should see Hanna, a great action thriller and one of the best movies I’ve seen all year.

Oh and hope y’all enjoy the poster. Been learning to use some Scriptographer tools and tried to make a nice abstract poster. The Deer imagery plays as a bookend in the movie.
Enjoy!

Everyone should see Hanna, it is the best

Alternative Posters: Red Dead Redemption & True Grit

Hi once again, I’m back with a couple of alternative posters. I’ve decided to go down the road of game posters, just for fun. Most game posters are gone the way of movie posters, generic and usually fairly safe – although not nearly as bad as their film counterparts. Anyway, I’ve done one for the relatively recent ‘Red Dead Redemption’ – If there is any positive feedback I might do some more, maybe retro games?

Also, did a sketch of Jeff Bridges in True Grit and made a quick poster with it. Might come back to it to work some colour and detail in.

Don’t forget to comment and share. Cheers 🙂

Black Swan Review & Alternative Posters

Hello once again. Forgive the break in posts, I have been busy but am back once again! This weekend saw the release of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Highly anticipated, the film see’s a dedicated ballerina, Nina, played by Natalie Portman, trying to land a role in Swan Lake. But this is just the beginning, as Nina spirals out of control as she sacrifices everything, and I mean EVERYTHING for her art.

The movie plays as a psychological thriller/horror and bears resemblance to films like Rosemary’s Baby and Jacob’s ladder in terms of atmosphere. In terms of style and theme, the movie is very similar to Aronofsky’s previous film, The Wrestler – both movies feature characters giving everything to their physically demanding roles. Aronofsky also chooses to shoot the movie in a similar vein as The Wrestler, in a cinema veritĂ© style. It is a style which really gives the movie a more visceral feel.

Portman gives the performance of her career as the fragile dancer who spirals out of control. Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell also give great supporting performances.

Anyone who likes Aronofsky’s movies (Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Fountain) should love this movie also.

All in all, I completely recommend Black Swan. Beautiful and tragic. Go see it.

Also, I’ve done a couple of posters for the film. I recently got a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet so the drawing of Portman is a bit rough but was my first drawing. The first poster is more in keeping with the abstract style of the amazing illustrated posters released for the movie, the second one is a portrait of Nina.

Hope you enjoy, don’t forget to comment and share 🙂

Thanks

The State of Movie Posters

As I waited  at a bus stop yesterday, the usual advert at the bus shelter caught my eye. It was an ad for the new Vince Vaughan movie ‘The Truth Hurts’.. or wait, is it called ‘The Dilemma’? Ok so I knew already the title of this movie was The Dilemma but it is so ridiculously stupid looking I wanted to unhinge the plastic cover, take out the massive abomination and burn it right then and there. As someone who loves movies and art/design, it displeases me to see the abundance of ugly and lazy poster art for new movies.

Look at that poster, all the cast looking like waxworks, clearly not in the same room, photoshopped to within an inch of their lives. I understand an actors face sells a movie nowadays but come on! A bit of invention would be nice.

Do not think it is just this poster that falls into this category. Nearly every ‘Frat Pack’ movie, heck, most comedies nowadays  uses this chunky font and blank look into the camera, although, in what must have been an epic epiphany, they’ve changed the colour from red to blue!

And look at just a few random posters from just last year that show that movie posters can still be beautiful.

Universal, take note.

The Best Movies of 2010

It’s that time of year again, list-making is trending once more as we come to the end of 2010. Has it been a vintage year for cinema? Granted, some of the Oscar darlings such as Black Swan, The Kings Speech and 127 Hours have not been released here in Europe yet but that hasn’t stopped it from being a solid year for movies. I won’t go into plot synopses/details, just a quick review. Check out my personal picks as I count down (in reverse order) my 10 favourite movies to hit the silver screen this year…

10. Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughan’s geek wish fulfillment movie was one of the best directed action movies of recent years. Chloe Moretz shines in her breakout role as hit girl but for me the highlight was the insanely violent action scenes and brilliant dialogue courtesy of Jane Goldman.

9. The Town

Ben Affleck’s sophomore effort lived up to his equally impressive debut, Gone Baby Gone. A top notch cast is assembled for a classic heist movie, including Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall and Jeremy Renner. Affleck uses Boston turf again in his movie. It helps everything feel more authentic. There have been calls for Affleck to move his next movie out of Boston, but when his movies are this good I don’t mind.

8. The Illusionist

A sweet little animated movie from acclaimed French director Sylvain Chomet, director of Belleville Rendezvous. This has to be the most beautiful looking movie this year. Each frame is painstakingly crafted, with scenes moving from France to Scotland.

7. Shutter Island

Scorsese & DiCaprio together again – what else fo you need? Amazingly crafted thriller from the legendary director. Martys still got it.

6. Exit Through the Gift Shop

This seems to be the year of the real/fake documentary, with this film, alongside Catfish and I’m still Here make an interesting trilogy of sorts. If you don’t know Banksy, he is a performance/graffiti artist and this ‘documentary’ sets out to find out more about the elusive artist. But it soon turns into a hilarious piss-take. For those into Banksy/Street are, this is a must.

5. Scott Pilgrim vs The World

The most literal adaptation of a comic book movie I’ve ever seen and a complete visceral thrill. Similar to Kick-Ass in that it slightly panders to the geek crowd but that’s ok right??

4. Catfish

In the same year The Social Network gained all the attention, this ‘facebook movie’ is a documentary about a New York hipster dude and his relationship with his “facebook family”, as he calls them. But all is not as it seems..

Predatorial and sometimes ugly filmmaking but always gripping.

3. Toy Story 3

Pixar are Kings. Best trilogy ever?

2. Inception

Christopher Nolan returns from his monumental success with The Dark Knight with this ‘dream movie’. Nolan masterfully constructs overlapping dream worlds/reality that will keep you glued to your seat. DiCaprio is always worth watching and the same is true here. Solid support from Joseph Gordon Levitt and Nolan regular Michael Caine are a plus.

Now, let us all wait for Nolan’s low key follow up, The Dark Knight Rises..

1. The Social Network

Who would have thought the best movie of the year was the seemingly uninteresting story of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s rise to power. The Social Network is my pick for my favourite movie of 2010. Featuring the best score of 2010 by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and the best screenplay of 2010 by West Wing scribe Aaron Sorkin with amazing direction by Fight Club maestro David Fincher and a cracking performance from Jesse Eisenberg as the venerable Zuckerberg. If you haven’t seen it, do so now.

Anyway, agree? Disagree? Tell us your favourite movies of 2010 and share.