On my daily movie poster Tumblr I don’t make a habit of posting fan art or art prints—call them what you will—because I’m most interested in the intersection of commerce and art that is the theatrical movie poster. But I make an exception when something stands out, and nothing stood out last year quite like Rory Kurtz’s beautiful, elegant and unexpected Mondo illustration for The Graduate
, which quite rightly racked up over 200 more likes than even its nearest competitor. But its nearest competitor was fan art too: a brilliant poster for Badlands
by the insanely talented Adam Juresko, whose art poster for In the Mood for Love
(featured in my Maggie Cheung article
) was also in the top four. What makes art posters easy to like—beyond their extraordinary artistry—is the fact that they are referencing an already-beloved work and not trying to sell an unknown quantity. Which makes the top four appearance of a lesser known film—Paul Kyriazi’s 70s dystopian sci-fi Death Machines
—all the more interesting. The top 20, sadly as always, has a couple of in memoriam
entries: for Carrie Fisher and Andrzej Wajda. It also has a handful of posters for new films, including two designed by the artist known as Midnight Marauder and one—The Ornithologist
—which made my Top Ten posters of the year
. And there is also one very old poster—the lovely Deco design for 1924’s Lilies of the Field
—which I posted because it appears
in a new film: on Emma Stone’s bedroom wall in La La Land
(a film chock-full of posters, though that one would have set her character back a bit since it sold at auction in 2009 for $1,195).
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