Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak is a deliciously dark and twisted piece, set in the most gorgeous, most decrepit haunted house you’ve ever seen and anchored by three mesmerizing performances from Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and most especially Jessica Chastain. It’s also not the horror movie that’s being sold in the trailers, but a Gothic romance. Think Jane Eyre plus ghosts, not The Conjuring plus corsets.
That’s not such a bad thing if you happen to love costume dramas, but it can be an unpleasant surprise if you don’t. And that misleading marketing doesn’t seem to be doing it many favors. I’ve seen a lot of critics ding it for being ineffective as a horror movie — which of course it is, because it isn’t really one. The B- Cinemascore and limp box office might also reflect the discrepancy between what Crimson Peak seems to be, and what it actually is.
Admittedly, it’s not difficult to understand why Universal chose to market Crimson Peak as a horror movie. A Brontë-esque romance is a much harder sell outside the arthouse than a spooky, seasonally appropriate haunted house flick. And it’s hardly the first time a marketing team has chosen to sell a completely different movie. Sometimes it’s part of a savvy strategy and sometimes it’s a desperate ploy; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Below, let’s look back at 15 movies with misleading trailers. Warning: Some spoilers ahead. Read More »
Part of the reason Nicolas Winding Refn‘s film Drive took on an unusual life was the film’s skillful use of music. Beyond the original electronic compositions from Cliff Martinez (The Knick, Only God Forgives), the heartbeat of the very quiet film was provided by pop and electronic songs from Kavinsky and Chromatics. Music was a more important aspect of Drive than is the case in many other films, and the movie probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the same cultural impact without those sounds.
So naturally, there’s a plan to re-score Drive with entirely different pop songs. This will be (for now) a one-time only broadcast in the UK. Get the info on the new Drive soundtrack below and see a trailer for the broadcast. Read More »
Is your pop culture art collection cluttered with too many huge movie posters? Do you have a full stack of 27 x 40 inch paper laying around and not enough wall space to display? Are you looking for something smaller, more tasteful but still as awesome and exciting? Mike Mitchell is here to help.
Mitchell is one of the most popular artists out there today. He first gained national attention with his “I’m With Coco” poster for Conan O’Brien and has continued to do beautiful work putting a unique spin on popular culture. Last year, his Just Like Us exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles started a collectors craze and now he’s back for his second show. This one takes popular, and some not-so-popular, movie characters and provides them each with a detailed, classy portrait.
The exhibit opens Friday April 26 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas and, after the jump, you can see about half the images in the show. Read More »
Any time artist Tyler Stout releases a print, it’s an event. When he has his own gallery show, it’s a happening. Friday night in Austin for SXSW, the artist behind such memorable Mondo posters as Akira, the Star Wars trilogy and Kill Bill was on hand for a two-man show with Australian artist Ken Taylor. Stout premiered brand new posters for Drive, Attack the Block and Un Prophete and more, which you can exclusively see below.
We also got to talk to the artist about the new work, what it’s like to exhibit at the gallery, the pressure of popularity and having hundreds of fans camp out on a sidewalk just for a shot to buy one of his posters. Check it all out below. Read More »
From the instant the film was released, the soundtrack to Drive became a cult phenomenon. The mix of catchy pop-rock and the pulse-pounding score by Cliff Martinez gave Nicolas Winding-Refn‘s intense thriller an unmistakably cool feeling. That’s the kind of feeling Mondo loves, and almost exactly one year ago, they announced they’d be releasing the soundtrack on limited edition vinyl with artwork by Tyler Stout. Finally, that artwork can be revealed.
Below, check out the full artwork for the vinyl and poster, and find out when you can get both. Read More »
These days, animation isn’t as defined by age as it once was. Once upon a time, a Disney movie was only thought to be for kids. But recently, Pixar has tackled mature themes, the humor of South Park has become a cultural institution, Star Wars is an animated TV series, comic book characters have cartoons and thanks to genres like anime, R-rated animation isn’t an oxymoron.
Enter Justin White, an up and coming artist made popular through sites like Threadless. He’s decided to take that thought one step further and turn some of your favorite live action movies and TV shows in to animation. His first solo show is called Rated G and opens at Gallery 1988 Melrose, in Los Angeles on Friday. We’re proud to exclusively the entire show.
White’s familiar yet flithy animated style has reimagined scenes from 30 films and shows never meant for animation. Films like Fight Club, Fargo, Casablanca, The Breakfast Club, Oldboy, Kindergarden Cop, Alien, Reservoir Dogs, There Will Be Blood and a whole lot more have been reimagined as high quality animation cels. He even tackled TV shows like Community, The Office, Breaking Bad and more.
After the jump check out all 30 images from the show and find out when and how you can grab them. Read More »
We were pretty big fans of Nicolas Winding Refn’s film Drive around these parts, but is there room for another chapter in the story of Ryan Gosling’s driver? James Sallis, who wrote the novel upon which Drive was based, has written a sequel called Driven. And now he says a film is in development based on the new book. Read More »
For some music lovers, vinyl LPs never stopped being an ideal way to listen to music. Stick to CDs or MP3s if you like, but I’ll continue to nurture my own enthusiasm for the large cover art and physical interaction with LPs. Last year, I reluctantly bought a digital copy of the score for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s movie Drive, but would have much rather been able to purchase an LP pressing with the moody cues from Cliff Martinez.
Last week the UK label run by Geoff Barrow of Portishead announced that it would release the Drive OST on vinyl, and now Mondo has chimed in with plans to release a 2-LP edition of the Drive OST in the US. No need to pay the import price!
Oh, and as a bonus, the Mondo release will have new cover art by Tyler Stout. Details are below, along with a nifty trio of neon-inspired posters (unrelated to the LP release) for the film. Read More »
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Meryl Streep prevented the cast and crew of The Artist from a total sweep of the major categories at this year’s British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and commonly called the BAFTAs. Streep won Best Actress for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and The Artist took Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Costume Design.
There were a few good winners for categories in between all those, and we’ve got the full rundown after the break. Read More »
The Oscars aren’t for a few weeks but the BAFTA‘s are Sunday February 12. And while the Oscars are usually symbolized by that iconic gold statue, each year the BAFTA’s let artists interpret their Best Picture nominees. This year is no different. After the jump, check out the five images designed by Eda Akaltun & StudioSmall for The Artist, The Descendants, Drive, The Help and Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy for the British Association of Film and Television Awards. Read More »