Our favorite movie posters of 2011

Our favorite movie posters of 2011 (photo)

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Tis the season to be judgmental. With December inching closer and closer to January, my inbox and Twitter feed keep filling up with all kinds of movie-ranking lists. Last night someone sent me this one from Cinema Enthusiast, The Top 20 Film Posters of 2011.

It’s a strong list, with a lot of really good picks: I’d never seen the poster for Magnet’s “Black Death” before, but man that is an awesome image. And their pick for the #1 Poster of 2011, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” is certainly a very memorable one-sheet. But, to my surprise, none of my own personal favorite movie posters of 2011 made the cut. You know what that means: counter-list time!

Here, now, in ascending order, are my five favorite posters of 2011, most of which can be found and examined in much larger detail at IMPAwards.com. I’m sure you have your own favorites too; you have all the space you want to tell me about them below. First, though, it’s my turn. Starting with…

5. “Conan the Barbarian”
Directed by Marcus Nispel
Poster Designed by Ignition Print

Normally I would be opposed to the heresy of a Schwarzenegger-less Arnold Schwarzenegger remake on moral grounds. But by Crom this poster alone made me curious about the 2011 reboot of “Conan the Barbarian,” essentially by suggesting with one striking image that the movie had less to do with The Governator flicks than the original Robert E. Howard novels and their iconic Frank Frazetta covers. Whether that wound up being true of the finished film or not is up for debate. What isn’t up for debate is that this is one badass poster.


4. “Undocumented”
Directed by Chris Peckover
Poster Designed by Laz Marquez

Back in the good old days, Uncle Sam wanted YOU! for the U.S. Army, and you meant pretty much anybody. Today, the U.S. isn’t always such a warm and inclusive place, which is what the horror film “Undocumented” is all about. A documentary crew records the journey of some illegal Mexican immigrants across the border into the United States. They’re stopped and kidnapped by a bunch of ultra-conservative militia men and from there things go, let’s say, south of the border. Sadly, this very clever poster by Laz Marquez feels like it represents a lot more than just one horror film.


3. “Midnight in Paris”
Directed by Woody Allen
Poster Designed by Cardinal Communications USA

Technically, this poster, which puts Owen Wilson into Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting “The Starry Night,” isn’t particularly representative of the movie it’s advertising. Owen Wilson’s character meets famous authors not painters, and he’s time travelling in Paris, not Saint-Rémy. But while it fudges some of the details, this poster gets the big picture exactly right. Woody Allen’s latest is a romantic jaunt through the charms and perils of nostalgia, a mood that is captured perfectly by this inventive collage.


2. “Silver Bullets”
Directed by Joe Swanberg
Poster Designed by Yann Legendre

What’s great about this poster is it essentially acts as its own plot synopsis: women and werewolves, got it. Admittedly, Joe Swanberg’s “Silver Bullets” is a bit more complicated than that — it’s actually about a couple, the female half of which has just been cast as the lead in a film about werewolves — but you look at this gorgeously minimalistic black-on-white image and you feel like you understand everything about the film in a single instant.


1. “The Ides of March”
Directed by George Clooney
Poster Designed by Ignition Print

We live in a time of many, many badly Photoshopped movie posters; here is one that shows how Photoshop can be used as a tool of communication. It’s an image that tells an entire story; the way Ryan Gosling and George Clooney’s faces are seamlessly melded together suggests the close, complicated relationship between the two men; the fact that it’s Clooney’s face on the magazine and Gosling’s face behind it suggests he’s the secret power behind the public facade. Even the tagline is ingenious; it’s hiding in plain sight as the copy on the cover of Time (“Is This Man Our Next President?”). Clearly a huge amount of thought went into this poster. It’s got my vote as the best of 2011.


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What’s your favorite poster of 2011? Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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