Have you ever bought a DVD/VHS/Blu-ray solely because of its cover or tagline? Have you ever gone to see a movie after being helplessly seduced by the film's tantalizing poster? We have, and we'd like to think we're not alone in surrendering to the odd stunning poster. Put simply, we've got an insatiable hunger for movie posters and every now and then we need to chomp on some of the finest. So let this month's feast begin...
Prince Avalanche (Dir. David Gordon Green)
If you know the work of David Gordon Green (George Washington, All The Real Girls), you'll know his films are far from comedy capers in the vein of the Coen brothers' screwball comedies. So it's surprising, then, that the trailer for Green's latest looks like it isn't world's apart from a quirky Wes Anderson comedy. Or is it just us? Anyway, a poster featuring a traffic cone with sunglasses on is always going to widen our eyes.
Nymphomaniac (Dir. Lars von Trier)
Brackets. Just plain, regular brackets. Any ideas what Lars is on about this time? Hmm, us neither. Oh well, all together now: () ( ) () ( ) () ( ) () ( ) ()
Only God Forgives (Dir. Nicolas Windig Refn)
With all that neon, we thought we were looking at the poster for the next Gaspar Noé film. But it turns out it's Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's Thailand-set Gosling-starring Only God Forgives, a strange kind of boxing movie. At the very least, Noé and Refn should definitely meet up for a drink.
A Band Called Death (Dirs. Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett)
A Poster Called Rad. Basically, this film is about a band that you've probably never heard of that actually played kind of an important role in the progression of punk and hardcore music. Would Black Flag still exist without Death? One to mull over at the bar, perhaps.
Shopping (Dirs. Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland)
Is this an homage to Nirvana's Nevermind? Looks like it. From this poster alone we need to see this film, which is not to be confused with that Jude Law/Sadie Frost film. Or 2005's hideous Going Shopping. Or 1986's Chopping Mall - although the latter's title is seductive in its own right.
Borgman (Dir. Alex van Warmerdam)
Paintings, as you can see above and below, usually make for a visually distinctive poster, as opposed to your generic two-guys-and-an-explosion poster. This one also caught our eye because the guy in it, the grey man, kinda looks like Michael Fassbender. We don't really know anything about this film so can't really recommend it of summarise it, so, um, did we say we liked the poster already?
Gangster of Love (Dir. Nebojsa Slijepcevic)
Gagster of Love? Come again? Do you mean to say this is all about sappy mob men? Like Goodfellas meets The Notebook? Well, if that is the case, we might have to contact the people who made this stupendously attractive poster and ask them to make another one that isn't as appealing and will repel the likes of us.
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