Saturday, August 28, 2010

The case for Japanese paper

File #1

The remarkably gorgeous, psychedelicised poster designs for the release of ground-breaking (at home for style and in American obscenity laws) Swedish art-film, I am Curious (Yellow) from 1967.

Here we see the two styles (maybe there are more?) for the standard Japanese B2 (20" x 28") poster and the tatekan style which is a tapestry of two B2-sized posters together vertically.

I think it's safe to say that America needed a little stimulation in their lives when you compare these to the US release poster at the end and which we've seen in these pages before but is here again for the purpose of illustration.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

the lost art... 007

Which poster would inspire you to pull out your wallet or reach into your purse and buy that ticket...?

On this day

Happy Birthday to...

Antonio Fargas!
August 14th, 1946

Wim Wenders!
August 14th, 1945

Candace Hilligoss!
August 14th, 1935

And although he wasn't really involved with movies, a special wish for a special day to Larry Graham, born August 14th, 1946 and one hell of a goddamned bass player!

If you know anybody who is celebrating their birth today, give them a generous gift and many wishes for all things great because they likely deserve it and they're probably good looking.

Monday, August 09, 2010

which is better? now or then?

Someone just asked me if, with the number of specialty cinema theatres/projects that are appearing on the Toronto landscape, if there has been a better time to be a movie fan in this city?

I'd argue yes, there were better times. And better movies.

Here are 4 different pages from The Toronto Star from '68, '72, '79 & '81.Have a look at the listings today and which would you prefer?

Hard to imagine today a major cinema doing a revival screening of a film released over 30 years prior, like the Famous Players Theatre at the Eglinton was doing with Chaplin's The Great Dictator. All we get now is a release of Avatar, with extra bloating! And on the same page, is Peter Watkin's Punishment Park at the Avenue Cinema, in amongst the 31 other films to choose from including Prime Cut.

The answer, I think, is obvious.

(click on the pages to look at the images bigger)