The Goonies (1985)

Directed by Richard Donner. Japanese B1 poster, 29 x 41″

The Goonies is a classic 80s adventure which I watched many times as a child. I haven’t seen it in a few years though, so I’m a bit worried it hasn’t aged well. When my kids are a little older, I’ll re-watch with them to see if my love for it is mainly nostalgia, or if they also connect with that sense of fun and heart.

Another masterful painting by Noriyoshi Ohrai for this Japanese poster. The art was also used for the US video poster. An equal to Drew Struzan’s excellent art for the film in my opinion. Ohrai is one of my favourite film poster artists, he was a supremely talented painter and I’m very glad to have collected several of his posters (please search ‘Ohrai’ in the Gallery section to see more). The peerless FilmonPaper has a super write up from an amazing exhibition of Ohrai’s work here

Goonies.Japanese B1.A

 

Under the Skin (2013)

Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Giclee print, 40 x 30″

Jonathan Glazer is not the most prolific feature film director, but I’ve liked all three of his films so far (and many of his very creative music videos). The contrast of realism/surrealism and sensual/callous is really interesting to me. I think it’s a chilling film which unsettled me, such a unique and strange atmosphere throughout.

The theatrical posters used in most regions were designed by Neil Kellerhouse and are excellent, but I love this unused concept by the superb Akiko Stehrenberger. Produced in a small run of 10, this giclee print is on heavy stock paper and is 40 x 30″. Akiko is one of my favourite film poster designers, if you’re not familiar with her beautiful and varied work, her website is www.akikomatic.com/

Under the Skin.Concept Quad.A

 

Army of Darkness (1992)

Directed by Sam Raimi. UK One Sheet, 27 x 40″

Sam Raimi’s third film in his Evil Dead trilogy is brilliant fun. Bruce Campbell really hits his stride as Ash, the bumbling hero with a boom stick battling the undead in 1300AD. It’s not as edgy as the first two films, but it’s funnier and is still packed full of Raimi’s trademark creativity and inventiveness.

This UK One Sheet poster is double sided and features great art by Renato Casaro. The same art is also featured on the International One Sheet, however that poster is single sided and has a different tagline (“How can you destroy an army that’s already dead?”). The snipe on this poster is printed onto the poster and advertises the VHS release of the first two Evil Dead films.

Army of Darkness.UK One Sheet.A

Akira (1988)

Directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo. US One Sheet, 27 x 40″

Katsuhiro Ôtomo‘s anime masterpiece is still hugely influential, nearly 30 years after it’s initial release. I love the lighting and animation, it’s beautifully imagined and illustrated, it really brings Neo-Tokyo to life. The bike scenes linger in the memory, the light trails and sense of speed in particular. It’s a wonderful film and still feels fresh and exciting today.

This US One sheet is from the 2001 re-release, where Pioneer Entertainment restored, remastered and re-dubbed for a theatrical release. I have quite a few Akira posters (please search ‘Akira’ in the Gallery page), but this US One Sheet is perhaps one of the hardest to find, mainly because it has been reprinted and so finding an original is like trying to find a needle in a haystack of cheap reprints. The original is double sided and measures 27 x 40″. The printing is also sharper than the reprint. This art was used on the UK quad for later re-releases.
Akira One Sheet

Amélie (2001)

Directed by Jean-Pierre JeunetJapanese B1, 29 x 41″

I really love Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s films, even the missteps like Alien Resurrection are creative and interesting. Amélie is perhaps his most well know film and for good reason, it’s beautifully crafted brimming with humour, charisma and heart. Audrey Tautou is perfectly cast, her wide eyes and effortless charm made it easy for me to be swept along with a smile and to not mind when it gets a little too sentimental. 

The ‘Red Bed Style’ poster is unique to Japan and can be found in B1 and B2 size. The B1 is single sided and printed on a thicker than normal stock. Reprints are common, but are easy to spot as they’re 27 x 40″, on thin paper and the print quality is not great (the Eirin mark in the bottom right is very blurry for example). I think the design captures the atmosphere of the film nicely, the pictures and lamps around her bed make me grin.

Amelie Japanese B1 Poster