Amy’s Ten Highlights of 2010 Movie Posters

6. Athlete

The poster sets by David Lam and Melissa Ferrara of this documentary profiling a cancer survivor, a blind senior citizen, and twin sisters as they compete in marathons, triathlons, and other competitions to redefine what it means to be an “athlete” are striking.

The black and white photographs with really high contrast make for powerful imagery for the posters. Plus, we never get “character posters” in documentaries, right? That’s awesome they did these for Athlete.

5. The Art of the Steal

The Art of the Steal is a documentary that talks about a very shady money grabbing protecting the arts business, which the poster conveys really well by having this shadow made out of newspaper clippings hiding the art. Textures, simple typography, composition, and a muted yet “colorful” palette… all put together by Kellerhouse, Inc. Very recommended view for those especially involved in the arts. xD

4. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

The Spanish poster version of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, done by Ignition Print — appearing on the list again — works better than any of the posters used to promote that film. Its simplicity doesn’t mean it’s boring. On the contrary, I feel the literal “tall dark stranger” is mysterious and the woman wrapping her arms around this figure is actually… quite sexy? xD That poster is even better than the movie, ha!


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

8 Responses

  1. Joelburman says:

    I like the one for the athlete!

    • Amy says:

      I love those too, it's so rare that a docu gets to do a set of posters! Mainly because the producers go on and tell you they don't have a budget. I wonder if the designers did all those posters for the price of one poster… or if they had a complete budget they could use for them…

      Definitely wanna catch a copy of Athlete and Prince of Broadway.

  2. I liked some of the unused UK poster ideas for I AM LOVE. Especially the last one:

    • Amy says:

      Love that one too… but they strike me more as wallpaper formats instead of posters. Whatever I could think of I Am Love, it had beautiful shots, and lovely soundtrack xD going with all that melodrama.

      • Do you mean the literal shape of the posters? That's standard in the UK.

        I really liked I AM LOVE. I think if I saw it again it could make my Top 10. Maybe I should sit down and watch it one more time just for that reason. I don't know though. I"m kind of tired of thinking about my Top 10. I should just do it and get it over with.

        • Amy says:

          Oh, really? wasn't aware that posters in the UK were that format.

          I've been postponing my Top10 too… I keep thinking I'm missing films xD but no way I'm going to watch all that I'm missing in these two days… I feel like I've seen too many not-so-good films this year. xD

          • Yes, I don't know if all posters in the UK are "quads" like that, but it is pretty routine.

            I finally just gave in and hammered out my top 10. There are many movies I missed, but whatever. You can't see everything. 160 movies is a relatively good sample I think.

            I'll probably post it tomorrow being the 31st and all.

  3. cynthia says:

    Great selection! I really love number 1, 2, 5 and 7. Gorgeous list.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.