Thursday, March 13, 2014

REVIEW: Alternative Movie Posters

Alternative Movie Posters
By: Matthew Chojnacki

Genre: Art, Movies, Posters
Publication date: 10.28.2013
Pages: 208
Amazon link: Alternative Movie Posters 

Date read: 3.13.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review (NetGalley)

Summary: Film poster art is back....with a vengeance.

Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground is the first book to take a comprehensive look at the spectacular art of underground film posters.

In an era of studio posters that endlessly rely on enhanced head shots of film actors, this book chronicles a network of designers reinventing film posters and bringing "the art" back to the one-sheet. This dynamic group of illustrators have reinvigorated the public's interest in film artwork, crafting stunning pieces for classic and cult flicks. Underground film posters sell out within minutes due to their limited quantities, and are now the most coveted posters by ardent moviegoers.

Alternative Movie Posters presents this eclectic medium through more than 200 posters from over 100 groundbreaking artists (hailing from 20 countries), coupled with fascinating commentary and behind-the-scenes information. With a smart, fresh visual perspective, Alternative Movie Posters celebrates classics like Star Wars, A Clockwork Orange, The Godfather and The Shining as well as cult favorites including The Big Lebowski, Blade Runner, Fight Club and Pink Flamingos.

My thoughts

I am a huge fan of art and movies so, when I came across this book, I just could not resist.  I agree wholeheartedly with the author's intro - movie posters these days (except for a small few) are quite sad.  They don't put the time and effort into them - into portraying the movie - like they once did.   This book is full of absolutely amazing pieces of art - some simplistic, some elaborate - and the added artist bios were a lot of fun to read, especially the "behind the poster" sections.  These artists really captured the movies in a truly beautiful way.  This is the kind of movie art that I want in my home (and what's awesome is the author provides the websites where you can find these guys). 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves movies, whether you are old enough to remember the awesome movie posters from the 70s and 80s or not.  I think that, once you see these, you will take a new look at the movies that are portrayed.

My favorites: I actually had quite a few, but these are the ones that made me say WOW out loud haha: Iron Man, Tommy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Step Brothers, Star Wars (both of them), Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters (the first one, though the second one was pretty cool too), Goonies (both of them), Bambi, Peter Pan, and Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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