Sunday, March 29, 2009

LAME POSTER FOR MARTIN SCORCESE'S SHUTTER ISLAND


Though it will not color my anticipation for Martin Scorcese's Shutter Island, I don't like this teaser poster at all. It looks like a marketing hybrid of J-Horror (filtered through the eyes of American producers), the Why So Serious? poster, and - in an attempt to lasso in baby boomers - a whispering allusion to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

And then you have the idea to put the production credits and release date on bricks as if they were "graffiti'd" on like the "... PATIENT 67?" message. Come on people, that's just amateur stuff... drop those credits to the right hand corner.

At least "Patient 69" didn't go missing, because that would have sparked a whole bunch of dumb jokes,... none of which would have been tolerated here.

17 comments:

Greg said...

In this age of every single movie poster that comes out having the faces of the stars hovering over or around the title you take to task a poster that's different from everything else.

Huh? I don't get it. Why single out this poster which easily catches the eye over the face-hover posters?

Rick Olson said...

Hey, I kinda agree with Greg on this one ... I kinda like it. I kinda got saying kinda and get a job ...

Marilyn said...

Fox - You really need to spell the director's name right. It's Scorsese.

PIPER said...

Fox, if you're going to fuck up the spelling, you should go all the way. Why not Martin Sorceress? Or Martin Scoreless.

Marilyn said...

I like Martin Scoliosis myself. So Richard III.

PIPER said...

Martin Scorpio. Just don't ask him your horoscope.

Rick Olson said...

Marilyn hates misspeiling.

Fox said...

Wow. I've been away working hard all day. I guess the lot of you were celebrating ASSHOLE DAY!

Why single out this poster which easily catches the eye over the face-hover posters?

Greg & Rick-

Cuz it looks like garbage and I love Jared Leto's face.

Marilyn & Piper-

As soon as Scorcese starts paying attention to his art (it's been since The Age of Innocence that he's made a great film*) I'll start paying attention to his name.

*[Pre-emptive NOTE for cry-babies: Yes, parts of Gangs of New York are good and I haven't seen Kundun, but you can take the rest of his post-1993 output, put them between two slices of bread, and eat them for lunch.]

PIPER said...

Whoah, whoah, whoah, whoah.

Did you see Scorsese's American Express commercial at the one hour photo? That shit is genius. I'll give you a moment to retract your previous statement.

Marilyn said...

And just WHAT is wrong with The Aviator?!

PIPER said...

Fox,

Greg has $100 that Marilyn knocks you out in less than a minute. I said you at least got 90 seconds in you.

Fox said...

And just WHAT is wrong with The Aviator?!

I guess my one word answer for that would be "uninspired". Though I have a feeling Marilyn may be yanking my yoke on her liking of it.

I don't think any of Scorcese's films are bad, I just haven't been excited by any of them recently. I still watch the shit out of 'em though. I wouldn't mind a rewatch on Casino, Bringing Out the Dead, and a first viewing of Kundun,.

bill r. said...

you can take the rest of his post-1993 output, put them between two slices of bread, and eat them for lunch

I still watch the shit out of 'em though.

The second statement seems to render the first one meaningless. But I'm not going to spend any more time defending movies that nobody else seems to like, and instead I'll just ask, has anyone else here read the novel Shutter Island? Most of it is great, but I've been undecided on the ending since I read it, about five years ago. I'm extremely curious about this film.

Fox said...

I'll watch anything that's digestible, but that don't mean it won't end up as poop.

Haven't read the book. Won't.

PIPER said...

Didn't care for Bringing Out The Dead, but it does have one of the best lines in it.

"Don't make me take off my sunglasses."

I say that all the time. Mostly when it's not called for.

Rick Olson said...

I've read "Shutter Island," because I used to read everything Dennis LeHane wrote before he started to get too big for his editors, which happened along about "Mystic River," in my not-so-humble opinion.

I don't remember the ending.

bill r. said...

Rick, does this mean you didn't like Mystic River? I think it's one of the great modern crime novels. Not a fan of the film, though.

I don't want to get into the ending of Shutter Island, since most people haven't read it, but...well, it didn't quite work for me, it felt like an old trick performed well, but still an old trick.