Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Get your movieloving be-hind to ATL's STARLITE SIX!

Even if you count yourself amongst the most ardent of movie lovers, or the most dedicated of movie professionals, or the most brainy of movie critics, I guarantee not all of you have had the pleasure of pulling up on a hilly blacktop in a comfy-cool four-wheel ride, armed with all the preferred food and drink that you desire, outfitted with ass-fitting chairs and ear-tasty sound systems, gifted with comforting friends around and new friends to be found, blessed with an all-day (from noon on) line-up of shitkicker bands and an endless supply of corn dogs and fireworks and everything you could possibly imagine to make a moviegoing experience fun, and THEN, absolutely annointed by numerous ass-whooping movies, witnessed underneath the beautiful swaying trees, the shilly-shally breezes, and the shimmering stars. I guarantee most of you reading here have never experienced ANYTHING like this. But, now...now, if you look at and even click on the hot-doggy image below, you'll glimpse your chance at this invaluable experience. Five movies, playing on 24 F.P.S. film, outside, till the break of dawn, starting on the monumentally trucker-friendly day 10/10/10. To boot: you'll get shorts, policy trailers, and mucho cool previews--again, ON FILM--as the twinkling airplanes fly high above your and your darling's heads, and as the whipsmart wiseguys--you included--make fun of and revel in the movies onscreen. I know you guys reading this are worldly and clever, but certainly, not all of you have enjoyed this peachy experience. I mean: Roger Ebert? Anne Thompson? A.O. Scott? Todd McCarthy? Guy Lodge? Goddamn Armond White???? NO WAY! (Well, maybe Roger Ebert...) But this is something all of you, and all of your ilk, should experience, just like that 3D shite. I wouldn't bother to point it out if I didn't think it was true. So, if all this I been talkin' about is alien to you, damn, nee-gro, here's your chance to experience it at the WORLD'S (yes, I said the WORLD'S) greatest drive-in theater (SIX drive-in screens---can you beat it?). Never been to a drive-in? Sheltered? Lonely? Not in-the-know? Feel bad about it? Need a memorable kiss? And some tunes to go with it? Your vacation is set, sistas and brothas. Take this advise: CLICK HERE FOR VALUABLE INSTRUCTIONS.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Movie Poster Collection: L

Remember that you can always click on the images themselves to see them (hopefully) larger:

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (Curtis Hanson, 97) Rolled, D
The best of all the many one-sheets for this magnificent modern noir.

LASERBLAST (Michael Rae, 78). Folded, VGOne of my favorite bad movies also has a killer poster. Sure, I like the little-seen Dave Allen-created aliens up at the top. And the fact that the layout and tagline typeface apes the look of that famous Star Wars poster. But my favorite part of this great bit of B-movie art? The ray/logo turning a sorry human into a flaming skeleton. Skeletons are one of funniest things on earth, don't you think?

THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO (Whit Stillman, 98) Rolled, G
Boring movie, but having Kate Beckinsale AND Chloe Sevigny getting down on my wall? Yep, I'll take it. 

THE LAST MOVIE (Dennis Hopper, 71). Folded, VG. 

THE LAST WALTZ (Martin Scorsese, 78). Folded, D.
My copy of this has a tiny tear in its middle, but it doesn't mar it overall. What a lineup this concert had. A truly landmark film. I met Levon Helm once at his home/studio, and he told me Robbie Robertson's mike was cut off the whole time they were filming.

LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH (John Hancock, 71). Folded, G
A brilliantly colored poster, with a truly horrifying image. An unjustly forgotten movie, too.

THE LIBERTINE (Pasquale Festa Campanile, 68). Folded, NM
Got this only because it had Radley Metzger's name on it. I'd much rather have a Lickerish Quartet poster, but this will have to do for now. 

LICENSE TO KILL (John Glen, 89). Rolled, pre-release, F
One of my favorite Bond films. Dalton was a badass!

A strange entry in my collection. Very 70s graphics. Anyone ever seen this? 

LIFE IS SWEET (Mike Leigh, 1990). Rolled, M. NOTE: Signed by Mike Leigh, Timothy Spall, and Dick Pope. 

LIMBO (John Sayles, 1999). Rolled, VG
My only John Sayles movie poster. I really want a copy of the Matewan one-sheet (or even The Brother From Another Planet or Lianna). But I love this poster, and the movie, too!

LITTLE BUDDHA (Bernardo Bertolucci, 93). Folded, G
A gorgeous image for a dazzling Bertolucci epic.

LITTLE CHILDREN (Todd Fields, 2006). Rolled, NM
Another striking use of negative space, this time for Todd Fields' sobering look at suburban life. Bonus for having a sweaty Kate Winslet peeking at us from behind Patrick Wilson.

Creepy movie, with an evil Martin Sheen unfortunately missing from the one-sheet. Still, a good effort graphics-wise. 

A LITTLE ROMANCE (George Roy Hill, 79). Folded, VG
I traded a Once Upon a Time in the West and a rare Road Warrior poster for this (at Jerry Ohlinger's Movie Material Store), and still think I got a good deal, though many wouldn't agree. The most obscure movie on my top ten of all time is also the best movie about romance out there. The Seurat-influenced image is absolutely perfect.

LOLLY MADONNA XXX (Richard C. Sarafian, 73). Folded, Style B, GA shocking one-sheet, somehow, with an early-career Season Hubley as its center. Never seen this movie, but oh how I want to!
LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (David Miller, 62). Folded, VG
Absolutely brilliant one-sheet for one of the strangest westerns out there! We even have a young Gena Rowlands represented here! How can you lose? 

THE LONG RIDERS (Walter Hill, 81). Folded, VG
What a movie! And a smashing image to advertise it. What with all the acting brothers' names on it, I have to say, I adore this piece!

THE LONGEST YARD (Robert Aldrich, 74). Folded, VG
Boy, the studio was REALLY trying to get the ladies to see this, given Burt's hairy chest taking center stage here. Not a hint of football action, even though it's the best football movie ever made. I would've preferred another image, but I can't deny: the film is top stuff for both Reynolds and Aldrich. So here it is in my collection.

THE LOSERS (Jack Starrett, 70). Folded, VG
The poster is about a billion times better than the movie. I love a good Impossible Shot one-sheet.

THE LOSS OF SEXUAL INNOCENCE (Mike Figgis, 99). Rolled, NM
Never seen this film, but the poster is astounding. 

LOST IN AMERICA (Albert Brooks, 84). Folded, G
Yet another great use of negative space, this time the yellow desert, with our two main characters hilariously headless. Brooks' second best film (after Modern Romance, which doesn't have such a great ad campaign), but his best one-sheet. 

LOST HIGHWAY (David Lynch, 97). Rolled, NM
Incredible. Weird. Disturbing. Perfect Lynch graphics. Left to me by my late friend Patrick Flynn, who counted this as his favorite film from that director.

A largely ugly poster, for a fun movie with an amazing cast. I like the bottom half of the one-sheet, though. Some nice photos down there.

LUDWIG (Luchino Visconti, 72). Folded, VG
Another great, largely-white poster. I guess you're seeing a pattern of what kind of layouts I like here...

LUST IN THE DUST (Paul Bartel, 85). Rolled, G
Pretty tacky, as is the film, but I had to have this, because Divine's so prominent. And Henry Silva's thrown in, to boot!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Movie Poster Collection: M

Remember that you can always click on the images themselves to see them (hopefully) larger:

MAGIC (1978). Folded, G
Wow, that freaking poem! And the image of Fats looking at us with his dead eyes. When I choose to hang this masterful one-sheet up on my walls, I find I have difficulty sleeping. Along with Oh! What A Lovely War, the strangest of all Richard Attenbourough works.

MAGNOLIA (1999). Rolled, Pre-release, VG
An colossal pre-release poster for Paul Thomas Anderson's epic of Los Angeles redemption. This image left everyone wondering what the frogs were all about. Of course, now we all know.

MAGNOLIA (1999). Rolled, release, G
Contrasting the above image (which makes a cool cameo at the bottom here), we have the titular flower, and the cast serving as wistful petals. How I love this movie--fittingly, it was the first film I caught after the turn of the 21st Century. Perhaps also fittingly, my final film if the 20th Century was Trent Harris' crazy-hysterical Rubin and Ed, with Crispin Glover and Howard Hesseman. Forget the plot; merely see it cause the movie's a sharp-cut bender--a totally out-of-hand comedy with (pussying out on the phrase) "career-defining leads." Anyway...just felt I'd interject a li'l side note there...(NOTE: Signed by Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014).

Beautiful Tom Jung artwork takes the center stage in this magnificent one-sheet for John Huston's rollicking adventure. One of my favorite pieces in my collection.

MANON OF THE SPRING (1988). Folded, G
The sequel poster to Claude Berri's slightly better Jean De Florette features Emmanuelle Beart as the free-spirited, and vengeful title character. This movie, based on the book by Marcel Pagnol (who also dabbled in filmmaking) is the Greek tragedy of the French countryside. It, along with its predecessor, is one of my favorite films of all time.
MAP OF THE HUMAN HEART (1993). Folded, G
A lavish romance from New Zealand's premier director Vincent Ward. Unfortunately, this poster reveals what little hope its studio had for the film. Even with stunning star Anne Parillaud at its center, it fails. But see the movie anyway.

MARATHON MAN (1977). Folded, VG
Pure 70s flavor through and through, with the black background and repeating title. I'd have stuck Lawrence Olivier's tooth-jiggering Nazi dentist on it somehow, but I like the poster anyway. And the film itself, while a definite potboiler, is an essential quasi-noir.

MARIE BAIE DES ANGES (1997). Folded, G
Never seen it. Looks like a downer. Is it? 

My eyes bugged out of my head when I ran across this poster. I swear, I looked like the wolf in a Tex Avery cartoon. I had gold in my hand. Massacre at Central High was a movie I never forgot having seen at the Northeast Expressway Twin Drive-in back in the summer of 76. And how suitable it was for that time! As the Bicentennial Minutes were ticking away on CBS, I was watching this initially cruddy but ultimately powerful B-movie that tries to communicate the dramatization of that great line from the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again": "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." Renee Daalder's cult film is an ultimate lesson in political science. The fact that this is not available on DVD stateside (presumably to protect post-Columbine kiddies) is infuriating to me!

MASS APPEAL (1984). Folded, VG
Not a movie I care for, even if Jack Lemmon is mildly good in it. 

THE MATRIX (1999). Rolled, NM. 

ME, NATALIE (1969). Folded, G
Interestingly, this Patty Duke vehicle was also Al Pacino's debut movie (he has about a minute on-screen). I like the ad copy (which is hard to read here), and the fact that the film is rated M (for mature audiences only). I want a shirt with the M rating on it.
MEATBALLS (1979). Folded, VG
Morgan Kane did the fetching artwork for Bill Murray's debut starrer. I still have a deep and everloving soft spot for this movie. Its ensemble cast works well together, and composer Elmer Bernstein delivers a fun score, with some unexpectedly lovely and raucous songs, too.

MEN IN BLACK (1997). Rolled, VG
It was a hit that I liked, and so here it is--though I still think the poster could've benefited from from Drew Struzan artwork. (What's a poster for this movie worth without Vincent D'Onofrio and Tony Shaloub?)

THE MEPHISTO WALTZ (1971). Folded, G
Devil worshippers, take note.

I've heard this is a pretty bad entry into the spaghetti western genre, but any poster with Tony Musante on it is going into my collection.

THE MEXICAN (2001). Rolled, VG
James Gandolfini delivers a memorable supporting turn in this film, but otherwise it's forgettable. Despite having two matinee idols smooching on it, the poster doesn't do much to quell this opinion.
Very little affection for this poster, or for Woody Allen's movie (the film does have Gordon Willis' photography going for it, though).

MIGHTY PEKING MAN (1977). Rolled, 2000 rerelease, VG
Moving on...

This early Arthur Penn film is pretty stagey. The two leads, Anne Bancroft and (especially) Patty Duke, are stupendous, but the movie is somewhat stiff cinematically. In fact, only the poster (which, I think does NOT star the film's actresses) is cinematic. This is the best shot in the movie, and it doesn't even appear in the movie. It's one of my favorite one-sheets. 

MISSING (1982). Folded, VG
A wise use of white space, for what I still believe is an underrated film (despite its winning awards at Cannes, the 1982 Oscars, and being on the Criterion release roster).

MISSION TO MARS (2000). Folded, VG
Not a DePalma movie I remember liking, but I'm wondering if I should revisit it.
Gorgeous Bob Peak art for another Arthur Penn movie, this one notorious for the crazed performance given by Mr. Brando. I don't hate this film as much as many people seem to. I certainly don't hate the one-sheet. 

MISTRESS AMERICA (2015). Rolled, NM.  


MOONSTRUCK (1987). Folded, G
A sweet image of Cher. Another movie I need to revisit.

Robin Williams' best lead performance in a movie, directed ably by Paul Mazursky. The beautiful one-sheet is a take-off on the famed New Yorker magazine cover, right down to aping the magazine's logo.

This Peter Weir movie deserves more of a cult status than it has. It's easily Harrison Ford's finest hour, and the intense poster reminds us of his sweaty, mystifying turn as Allie Fox, the inventor who escapes America with his family and ventures into the jungles to bring the concept of ice to its natives. 

MULHOLLAND DR. (2001). Rolled, Version A, NM
Up until this time, most post-Dune David Lynch posters contained images of TWO main characters, both acting as yin and yang to each other. However, for this film, Lynch wisely chose to release two posters simultaneously. This one features our main character, played by Naomi Watts... 

MULHOLLAND DR. (2001). Rolled, Version B, NM
...and this one features her partner/doppelganger, played by Laura Elena Harring. The fact that there are two posters, separate but equal, for this landmark 2001 film, tells us a lot about the secrets contained within the movie. These two are keepers.

MURDER, INC. (1960). Folded, P
My version of this one-sheet is REALLY beat-up--it's falling apart, really. But I still like it. Sometimes I like having one-sheets that are damaged. It gives them character, and history. They've been places, y'know?

MY BODYGUARD (1980). Folded, review sheet, VG
A teenage favorite for me. This review poster is the one I remember seeing at the theaters, and I still love it for its main image. The reviews remind me of my affection for this Tony Bill-directed classic.

MY BODYGUARD (1980). Folded, VG
THIS is the main poster for the film, apparently. I bought it out of sentiment, but this is one of the rare instances where I actually prefer the review sheet.

MY DINNER WITH ANDRE (1981). Folded, G
I love this one. It's so very funny, with the juxtaposed repeats of those four images of our heroes. And Andre Gregory and Wally Shawn on a poster? It'll never happen again.

MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982). Folded, G
Another sentimental favorite of mine. This movie, besides having Peter O'Toole and Jessica Harper in it (two of the best actors around), has an amazing screenplay, and perfect 50s period detail. The one-sheet, I think, let's you have a taste of the latter. 

MY NAME IS NOBODY (1973). Folded, VG
I haven't seen this movie in years, but I recall loving it at the drive-ins back in the 70s. Am I remembering wrong? Also, this is the only Sergio Leone related poster that I own, which makes it very special in my eyes.