In addition to giving out Oscars every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the world’s largest movie related organization, does its best to preserve the history of cinema. One of the many ways does they do this is by keep an extensive catalog of every movie poster produced by a major studio. They’ve now decided to go a little outside of the studio system though and begin archiving posters from an independent producer: Mondo, the collectable art boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse.

To commemorate this incredible honor, Mondo is releasing their most impressive poster yet. They’ve managed to get legendary poster artist Drew Struzan out of retirement to do a screenprint for the 1931 Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff. It’s the first screenprint Struzan has ever done and it’s stunning.

After the jump, we talk with Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael about being honored by the Academy and working with Struzan. Plus, you can check out the piece and Mondo’s brand new website. Read More »

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The officially licensed Star Wars poster series by Mondo Tees is half over. That’s what Justin Ishmael, the man behind Mondo, revealed while unveiling the 11st poster in the series: Luke’s Destiny by Frank Stockton. And being as we’re reach the halfway point, and have missed a few along the way, we decided to not only show you the brand new poster, but rank the first half. See the full print and our top 10 after the jump. Read More »

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans New Moon, that offer proof. Weekend Weirdness takes a look at such films, whether it’s via a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini-review, or news of an excavated cult classic. The works discussed herein tend to make cinema a little more interesting, and in the best cases do the same for life or at least a blown weekend.

The year, 2009, delivered a number of knockout documentaries that were better made and more meditative than their premises let on. For over a year, The Rock-afire Explosion has popped-and-fizzled on my radar, until a screener finally arrived in the mail last week underneath a hate letter from my ex, Sallie Mae. Pop Candy’s Whitney Matheson—a cool guest on the /Filmcast—also received one, a screener that is, and she promptly called Rock-afire the best film of the year for a documentary or otherwise. I wouldn’t go that far, but Rock-afire Explosion makes for true-life entertainment every bit as tasty as a slice and a cold beer to a divorced, thankless, balding dad tolerating a Showbiz Pizza in the late ’80s. In other words, this isn’t some  Chuck E. Cheese shit.
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