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Top 10 Movie Posters of 2009

This article was published on the original Sorry I’m Late.com in 2010.

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‘Tis the season everyone.

‘Tis the season for every blog writing degenerate within reach of a keyboard to compile their lists of the best and worst of the year that was. This is my first effort – would you expect any less?

In a year filled with mostly mediocre to disappointing blockbusters and tent-poles, we saw many great films slip under the radar – a few of those even doing some serious box office damage. The same can be said about this year’s range of posters – generally bland and cookie-cutter, with a few tasty morsels spread throughout. Let us begin…

10
Observe and Report

Observe and Report

We begin with these two posters (Yeah two posters, big whoop, wanna fight about it?) for Seth Rogen’s underrated and decidedly not-mainstream Observe & Report. It makes me smile and it’s a clever idea for a set of posters.

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9
The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience

Extremely cool pop-art styled poster and the first appearance of two in this list from Steven Soderburgh. I see it more as a piece of art as opposed to a medium that is designed to get asses into seats. Top marks for the risqué tagline and barcode. The art fiend in me appreciates the design, but the male in me wonders what it would be like to have sex with a pornstar.

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8
The Men who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Side-profiles of top four top Hollywood actors – and one goat. What’s not to like? Combined with Drag Me to Hell, this has been a stellar year for the noble goat – much to my approval as now we can all enjoy these whimsical creatures.

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7
The Informant!

The Informant!

Steven Soderburgh appearance part dos! It’s simple, bold, colourful and ‘stache. One of the reasons why this movie is on my ‘imminent viewing’ list. Big fan of the oversized text and always loved the over-the-top punctuation of the title.

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Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

Awesome teaser poster for what amounted to be an average sequel. This poster made you realise, amongst all the doubt heading its way throughout the production, of how much potential this movie actually had if done correctly. Unfortunately the movie was just frustrating and illogical despite flashes of brilliance. This poster is all brilliance.

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5
Watchmen

Watchmen

Two part entry. First up is the amazing ‘Edward Blake-imminent-death’ poster. Second is the ‘Rorschach looking down the seedy streets of 80’s New York’ poster. The prize goes to the Rorschach poster for all of the little details such as the zeppelin air-ship, the Veidt building and the assorted prostitutes and miscreants lining the pavement. Wicked poster for fans of the source material (I be one), and suitably dark and moody to give that first impression for those new to the story. And the release date was 03-06-09 – badass.

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4
Moon

Moon

Sleeper sci-fi hit of the year – director Duncan Jones’ low-fi approach to making this classic film is echoed in this poster, a poster that you can easily see hanging on the wall of a twenty-something hipster’s apartment come 40 years because it’s ‘retro’ and ‘cool’. Assholes.

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3
District 9

District 9

With a phenomenal viral marketing campaign producing posters like this – amongst many others – certainly helped District 9 secure a spot in many a ‘Top movies of 2009’ list. These posters were phenomenal in building a worl…

Kanye West / Taylor Swift

Dammit, Kanye!

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2
Inglorious Basterds

Inglorious Basterds

Beautiful, classy and classic character poster from what may be my favourite film from the past year. A throwback to posters of yore, it is simplistic in its design, yet striking in its visual impact.

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The Unborn

The Unborn

That’s a nice booty.

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