Sunday, April 15, 2018

Movie and a Poster 2018: The First Three Months.

Here's a look at the first three months combined for Movie and a Poster 2018.

My favorite Movie so far this year is still The Shape of Water. My favorite posters I've done so far (from this assortment) are probably The Post and/or Winchester.

Movie and a Poster 2018 #15: A Quiet Place.

Movie and a Poster 2018 #15: A Quiet Place.

Just saw A Quiet Place. Really good! I’m a huge fan of minimal dialogue in stories and this was fantastic. I looked at the time once and an hour and a half had gone by! I was totally into it.

Creature design was excellent. Only a couple parts that made me think "mmmm, that's kinda unbelievable" but they didn't really detract from the overall experience too much. 

Very impressed with John K’s directing too. A few good scares, LOT’s of emotional tension, not quite as good as The Shape of Water for me but surprisingly up there.

I started out with a much more complicated poster and just kept removing elements till I got down to this. 

Movie and a Poster 2018 #14: Ready Player One.

Movie and a Poster 2018 #14: Ready Player One (I've been a little lax in postings lately so that's why you're getting a whole lot today). 

Never read the book. I liked the movie a lot. Lot's to look at and what else can you expect from Spielberg but good solid storytelling.

Kind of felt like a dated throwback to stories from the 80's, I'm assuming that was on purpose even though it's also Speilberg's natural sense of building a narrative.

Even though I liked it I'm not sure it'll be high on my list at the end of the year. I've already seen some amazing movies this year and although really good, this one didn't really surprise me a whole lot. I know that's kind of like penalizing someone who's good at their job but... well, yeah it probably is. 

For the poster, I hadn't really done any classic minimalist, iconic concepts for poster this year. There's so much going on in this film I thought it was a good excuse to pull back and do something super simple. 

Movie and a Poster 2018 #13: Tomb Raider.

Movie and a Poster 2018 #13: Tomb Raider. 

Not bad. Akin to the James Bond reboot where it's a little more grounded in "reality". Decent story, moved at a good pace, I'll see a sequel if they decide to make one.

I really like how the poster came out for this one. It's a riff on something I did a while ago but I feel that this one works much better. I know I go the the "Skull" iconography a lot but they make so many movies about global genocide!

Movie and a Poster 2018 #12: Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Movie and a Poster 2018 #12: Pacific Rim: Uprising.

After watching it all I could think of were better ways (in my mind at least) to accomplish what I think they were trying to do.

It had a few cool moments but few if any of the iconic visuals that stuck with me from the first one. I feel like they gave away one scene in the previews that would have had a nice impact if I didn't know it was coming (when the 3 Kaiju combine into one mega Kaiju. 

Really missed Del Toro as Director. 

I did like the fact that all the fight scenes were out in the open during the day, that's a nice change from a lot of giant monster movies lately. 

Movie and a Poster 2018 #11: Game Night

Movie and a Poster 2018 #11: Game Night
I thought it was pretty good! Many definite laughs. They also do a great job of bringing story elements around at the end. Not at all believable in the real world sense but that's not really the point with this one.
Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman are great together. 
Most of the movies I've seen so far this year have been more serious, this one hit me just right at the right time. Definitely worth a rental if you missed it in theaters. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Movie and a Poster 2018 #10: Red Sparrow

Movie and a Poster 2018 #10: Red Sparrow. Some uncomfortable violence (not terribly surprisingly for a spy movie) & a little on the long side, could have used that time more effectively. Overall, decent spy thriller, kept my attention but not a lot I haven't seen before.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Movie and a Poster 2018 #9: Annihilation.

Movie and a Poster 2018 #9: Annihilation.

Not bad. It definitely had some great moments. While I was watching it I was mostly thinking there must be a lot more in the book. Also wasn't a huge fan of the ending.

I really wanted to like it, maybe it will grow on me in the future if I see it again.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Movie and a Poster 2018 #8: Black Panther

Movie and a Poster 2018 #8: Black Panther.

Good movie, overall I was really happy to see a Marvel movie with new faces. I thought the villain was well executed and had more motivation than the typical comic bad guy.

Not perfect, it's a little long and suffers from the classic Marvel cliche of the villain being an evil mirror image of the hero (See Iron Man, Ant Man, and Hulk specifically).

It does get me more excited for Infinity War though!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Movie and a Poster 2018 #7. Winchester

Movie and a Poster 2018 #7. Winchester

Not as bad as I expected given the previous reviews. The dialogue is pretty terrible. The concept is decent and there are little bits that I really liked, overall I think it probably would've made a better Doctor Who episode than a movie.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Movie and a Poster #6: The Post

The Movie: I like watching people that take their jobs seriously and are good at them. Doesn't really matter what it is, Baking, Blacksmithing, Mythbusting, Treasure Hunting, Making Robots, Movie Reviews, if they're passionate about it I'll watch their show.

Watching The Post feels a lot like watching people that are good at their jobs. Good actors, good direction, good dialogue, and on top of all that it's about reporters that are passionate about their jobs and are good at them.

Even though you know the end, I was surprised how invested I was in the outcome by the end of it. Really pulls you in.

I'm 6 for 6 good movies so far this year, that can't possibly last. Hah!

The Poster: I really should have used the White House as the blacked out text but that doesn't scale vertically very well so I went with Congress as a stand-in for "Washington" as a whole.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Movie and a Poster #5: The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Overall, I think The Maze Runner series is an above average action trilogy.

I thought the first one was surprisingly good, neither of the sequels really hit the originality and cool vibe of that one for me. The sequels are totally fine and even have a few surprises but are far more traditional action. Lot's of guns, lot's of explosions (pretty much the whole last 1/3 of this final movie is the final boss battle and that gets a little exhausting). Great world-building, give those effects people a raise!

The acting is decent from everyone all the way through, Rosa Salazar was a surprise, commanding presence on screen (no idea what she's done before). There's a few funny bits but it's nowhere near over the top, which is good.

So if you liked the first two, you'll probably like this one. If you haven't seen the other ones, you won't really know what's going on.