Saturday, May 28, 2011


Just a quick smattering of posters from the Distribpix archive and now lovingly resting mere inches (are they ever mere?) from me. More to come in the following days and weeks of the season but here's a trio to give you some quick and effortless joy.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hickory sticks

All these jetsetting Toronto smartypants forever going on about their storied cinema past glories. I'm here to point out that we simple folks in the sticks had our own awesome cinemas and mine in particular was a Stinson theatre and we got all manner of lesser movies and I swear it's where I came from. Me. Stuff that in your can(nes) and smoke it!

Anyway, last week I found this very brittle newspaper in a wall that was being modified. It was Scorchy that caught my eye, naturally. The upper portion was too destroyed but you can make out that Cannonball was playing along with some Corman picture with Ron Howard and fast cars that wasn't Eat My Dust.

This was my town and my favourite place ever for movies in 1977. Check out the awesomely sick advert for Deep Red! Almost as gruesome as Rabid.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Pimping (#2)

If you've ever spent a moment perusing this blog and found yourself wondering how you could become more like me, I'm here to tell you that it is possible. And admirable, thanks. Spend more and more of your free time (and money) acquiring film posters of a curious nature and completely override your living space with them and other assorted things that help subdue the everyday horrors of contemporary life. Keep hope alive!

One fastracky method would be to get in touch with Steven Morowitz at VideoXPix. I am not a paid representative but I did recently have a wonderful transaction that resulted in a haul of very fine posters from a much treasured era of 60s/70s filmdom.

There are a handful of 'studios' that created distinct and, at times, easily recognizable posters for the films they produced or distributed. Some of my favourites are Mitam, Essex, Mishkin and, of course, Distribpix. The Distribpix poster is often found with perfect 60s lettering and illustrations, copious copy and a collage of images from the film. Mostly. There are variants of course but those were the styles that most made me notice and start collecting Distribpix whenever and wherever they popped up.

To learn of Steven's heritage, the company and the work he carries on, I would highly recommend a visit to his superb blog. In short, his family began in film distribution based on the Eastern coast of the USA and went into video distribution as it began to rule the market. But there's more. And the company now works at releasing polished DVD releases of their past catalogue greats as well as carefully documenting the era which is something we desperately need more of. He both talks the talk and walks the walk, thankfully. On some forum some time ago, I found out that he would be listing a stash of posters and when they finally hit the street, I was thrilled and got in touch. I suggest you do the same or forever just live in longing. At least have a look!

I haven't had the chance to completely photograph what I scored but I do have some titles from the years of dedication to give you an example. And there will be more in the coming weeks, I promise.

You may have seen this particular poster behind Mick Jagger if you ever spent some time with headphones and Exile on Main Street, as I did.