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Thoughts I Had... on a bunch of new posters

We've neglected to share new posters so, let's do. A few brief thoughts, in the order they came, after each poster: Starred Up, Whiplash, The Seventh Son, Theory of Everything and American Horror Story: Freakshow.


• So much red. But I like it.
• I am somewhat fond of Rupert Friend, from both Pfeiffer-osmosis and Homeland back when I watched it
• "An Instant Classic of the Prison Genre," eh? I'm wondering what the others are besides, you know, obviously the actressexual masterpiece Caged (1950) and I guess Shawshank Redemption (1994) for the mainstream. But what else?
• Wait, this means Jack O'Connell is imprisoned in both of his breakout movies? He's already got a niche.
• Except I don't think he's a prisoner in '71 (which is also getting good reviews) so maybe not. He sure is busy.
• Jack O'Connell is really something, visually (and supposedly a great actor but I have yet to see this movie or Unbroken so who knows) and he's naked in this movie. What I'm saying is Glenn is right:



 • The tagline is like the movie poster version of "Men Are From Mars. Women Are From Venus" and thus, it is quite gross. 
• How much is this like A Beautiful Mind only instead of mental disabilities, they're physical but the resilient dark haired wife beauty stands by her man. Because that could be a dealbreaker.
• This poster is quite memorable so let's hope the movie is, too. Even though that might mean more Felicity Jones (noooooo) it will also mean more Eddie Redmayne (yes)
Love that the lovers are at a 90º angle with mathematics and theory or what not scribbled over them and regular text all straightforward like. That's a really fun way to incorporate all the mathematical theory swirling around their lives. 

• So many words.
• Movie Poster as FYC Advertisement. They're starting early
• I apologize to all percussionists out there but I don't really like drums. They give me headaches in the subway station too regularly.


• Nice try but does anyone believe this is ever coming out after so many deferrals? Maybe they should offer it in a Double Feature with Grace of Monaco. Nicki & Juli forever but better luck next time.
• It also has a new trailer but I don't have the heart to watch it. 
• They're obviously trying for that old school classic 70s/80s fantasy vibe with this poster. The center totem pole size-mishmash of key characters with peripheral scene business to the sides of them.
• How many fantasy flops will they need before people stop trying to recreate the success of The Lord of the Rings, do you think? 
• I wonder what Jeff Bridges would look like now if he didn't have facial hair and was all cleaned up like in days of yore? Of course, even in days of yore he often went with the toussled longish hair and beard look.  

• I feel so guilty that I didn't write up AHS: Coven as I promised because it was right up our alley with all the Oscar ladies and all the ladies in general and costumes and whatnot. I overbook. And the show defeated me because there was so damn much to talk about every episode both because the show is overstuffed and because it's messy and because it loves to push all the provocateur buttons, clumsily or intriguingly depending on the moment: race, sex, gender, morality, violence, death, and BALENCIAGA!!!!!!
• The title conjures up a mix of HBO's Carnivale and Boy George's Taboo musical

give me a freak... any day of the week. I'm comfortable with those you'd call demented"

• I wish these posters online were larger so you could make out the details better. I love that it's illustrated but all I can really tell from this is we've got Kathy Bates as a bearded lady, Angela Bassett as a woman with three boobs (I had so wished for more for her! She earned it last season, goddamnit), Sarah Paulson as a two headed lady, Jessica Lange with no arms, and Michael Chiklis as the strong man. O'Hare, Roberts and Conroy who knows
• I'm really pleased that they're bringing in A+ grade beefcake with Matt Bomer & Finn Wittrock. I hope their roles are Naked Man #1 and Naked Man #2
• #WIRSINDALLEFREAKS - since they're using a German hashtag can't we please get Franka Potente back in the mix? Please?
• The other day I had the most brilliant idea for a cast member addition on Twitter. May retweets carry it to Brad & Ryan's ears (hint hint)



• I have never been to a freak show at a carnival. Do they even still have them?
• Sudden Realization Number Two!



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Classic prison flick = Un Prophet - none better.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMurtada

I really want to read Nick's answer to THAT tweet.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

"the Prison Genre": Fortune and Men's Eyes, Short Eyes, Midnight Express, The Green Mile, Birdman of Alcatraz...

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

The season 3 "kids" of British show SKINS really are having a moment right now with Jack O'Connell seemingly everywhere, Luke Pasqualino in Snowpiercer (and The Musketeers), Kathryn Prescott starring in MTV's Finding Carter, and Kaya Scodelario soon to be in The Maze Runner.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

That Seventh Son trailer was attached to As Above, So Below bragging about how it was from "The Production Company That Brought You 300: Rise of an Empire!" and saying it is coming out February 6th, 2014.

We shall see if that sticks. But seeing that trailer was a weird reminder that this movie is supposed to somehow be a thing.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKacey

Wait. Matt Bomer? Where?

Prison genre: Fortune and Men's Eyes, Short Eyes, The Green Mile, Midnight Express, Birdman of Alcatraz...

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

[My posts seem to be vanishing into the ether. Maybe third time's the charm?]

Wait. Matt Bomer? Where?

Prison genre: Fortune and Men's Eyes, Short Eyes, The Green Mile, Midnight Express, Birdman of Alcatraz...

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

1. Wait. Matt Bomer? Where?

2. The back of Lange's hand, often stroking the side of her own face.

3. Prison genre: Fortune and Men's Eyes, Short Eyes, The Green Mile, Midnight Express, Birdman of Alcatraz...

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Jessica Lange is giving Faye Dunaway in this poster.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W

I think many people consider Cool Hand Luke to be a prison masterpiece.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercash

Larger version of AHS: Freak Show Poster

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVictor S

Yikes. I was afraid those missing posts would suddenly materialize...

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Five more weeks till Jessica's return. This is gonna KILL ME!

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

1. Starred Up: Ugh. Unless the colour being used is an actual recurring motif or in the title, monochrome posters are just stupid.
2. Theory of Everything: Love almost everything else, but, yes, that tag-line is gross.
3. Whiplash: Wow. This poster is like the marketing team KNOWS that this movie has almost no value if it's not Oscar nominated out the wazoo, so they're overcompensating like mad.
4: Seventh Son: Since it's currently nestled in a February drop, the thing's not moving, so why they're using the nebulous "coming soon" is bizarre. Still, this looks set for disaster and the poster is just kind of generic.
5: American Horror Story: Freak Show: Best of the set. Interesting composition that captures a large part of the cast and informs you of the concept even before glancing at the title and a tagline that sells the concept further. WIN.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Hayden W - I see Shirley MacLaine.

Whiplash - ridiculous poster. I hate that shit on the back of books too.

Seventh Son - horrible rendition of Julianne Moore. Wait, wasn't this already a movie with Demi Moore?

Starred Up - This poster looks like a replica of Prison Break with Wentworth Miller. However, Tasha Robinson loved this movie, and I generally agree with her reviews, so I'm in.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I disturb myself thinking how hot Jack O'Connell as rough prison trade does it for me. The movie is great, too.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

Off topic.

Finallly Helena Bonham Carter0 hair has taken the ice bucket challenge: http://youtu.be/9OJ7nKC0YwM

Bonus points: Daniel Craig in a white t-shirt and aware of it.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Mendelsohn and, especially, O'Connell are fantastic. I'm pre-emptively upset that O'Connell will get all the awards buzz/attention for the bound to be inferior Unbroken.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnonny

Starred Up is such a great, smart, unsparing film and yet its clinical method mixed with brute honesty cannot be captured on a poster at all. I guess I am just glad they're not overplaying the 'sins of the father' in the poster as the film is so much more than the father-son dynamics, although it is certainly there.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

"Angela Bassett as a woman with three boobs (I had so wished for more for her!)"

three's more than enough

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpar

Well, "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" is the prototypical prison movie, and still plays like gangbusters today. Then, of course, "Cool Hand Luke," which owes everything to the former.

August 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

4. How is Lange going to smoke without arms/hands?

5. Are O'Hare and Conroy playing the owners of the sideshow?

August 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Starred Up would be a stronger poster without either quote at the top. It's a good poster because it tells you everything you need to know about the basics of the film and doesn't need to tell us it's a prison drama, (the bars are doing that just fine).

I don't like the Theory poster. Looks like a conventional romantic drama poster that the intern turned on its side by mistake.

Whiplash. I always expect to read the attribution and discover it's the director's, friend's, mother who works for Merrill Lynch and just LOVED this movie. If you have to work that hard to convince us it's good, it probably isn't and what is it about? Book jackets is a good guess. Font sizes is another. Whiplash says fender bender to me. Somehow I don't think any of those is correct.

Seventh Son looks like one of those direct to video rip offs of the Underworld series.

I don't like AHS and don't watch it, but that is a Great poster. Really good concept work.

August 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

"Starred Up" could be selling gay porn...I like the old fashion "Seventh Son" but wasn't this movie suppose to come out last year? Considering all the summer bombs they couldn't find a place for it?

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