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ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/08/06 03:03 AM
Movie Poster Madness!  

…no, none of that nasty photoshop stuff. I mean legitimate movie posters. Movie posters from Poland. Movie posters you couldn’t intentionally make this funny. Movie posters so utterly surreal and misrepresentative, you have to wonder about what appeals to the popular imagination in that country. Weekend At Bernie’s advertised like a David Lynch movie? Gandhi advertised like Altered States? Romancing The Stone looking like a sequel to Friday the 13th? The Muppet Movie looking like a sequel to Pink Floyd’s The Wall? And what the fuck is going on with Trading Places?

Without much more ado…

The Fly

2001: A Space Odyssey

Airplane!

The Blues Brothers

Rosemary’s Baby

Gremlins

Alien

Alien 3

Benji: The Hunted

Apocalypse Now

Crocodile Dundee 2

Back To The Future

Dumbo

Gandhi

The Empire Strikes Back

Young Guns

Young Frankenstein

Weekend At Bernie’s

Trading Places

Superman III

The Birds

The Terminator

Star Wars

Short Circuit

Short Circuit 2

Saturday Night Fever

Romancing The Stone

Revenge Of The Pink Panther

The Muppet Movie

The Last Emperor

Cabaret

Howard The Duck

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan



Sam_X
(electric tomato)
09/08/06 03:50 AM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: ziggfried]  

In reply to:

misrepresentative


I wouldn't say. Most of them are hilarious in the context of the movie but they're also obviously very well thought. Movie posters were considered an art form in our [Eastern European] countries.

~
Heaven is a place where
Nothing ever happens

ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/08/06 03:57 AM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: Sam_X]  

In reply to:

I wouldn't say. Most of them are hilarious in the context of the movie but they're also obviously very well thought. Movie posters were considered an art form in our [Eastern European] countries.


Okay, poor choice of words on my part. I do actually admire the, um, imagination displayed in a lot of those posters.

However, I don't think I could apply the phrases "obviously very well thought" or "art form" to the Gremlins and Young Guns ones.

Sam_X
(electric tomato)
09/08/06 04:26 AM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: ziggfried]  

Well, there certainly ARE exceptions

btw, some Czech posters:

Cabaret
Wild At Heart
Short Circuit (!)
The Witches Of Eastwick
The Name Of The Rose


~
Heaven is a place where
Nothing ever happens

PHOENIX
(funny little bunny)
09/08/06 05:02 AM
I've got a new thread idea now - for later... new [re: ziggfried]  

Ok, I've just clicked on a few so far. Are these real? Here we are trying to photoshop funny posters and these countries just put them out like this? I've got tears running down my cheeks!

Am I suspended in gaffa?

ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/08/06 05:19 AM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: Sam_X]  

In reply to:

(Sam_X) Wild At Heart


I'll bet David Lynch himself couldn't have come up with anything as utterly weird-ass as that poster.

In reply to:

(Commandant) Ok, I've just clicked on a few so far. Are these real? Here we are trying to photoshop funny posters and these countries just put them out like this? I've got tears running down my cheeks!


I wanna go to Poland and make movie posters. It's as simple as that.

There's a good repository for Polish movie posters here. The Close Encounters one is especially brilliant.



PHOENIX
(funny little bunny)
09/08/06 07:01 AM
Holy Mother of God. Where do I start? new [re: ziggfried]  

In reply to:

There's a good repository for Polish movie posters here. The Close Encounters one is especially brilliant.


Their drinking water has been laced with acid. It's the only explanation.

Am I suspended in gaffa?

Nature_Boy
(crash course raver)
09/08/06 08:33 AM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: ziggfried]  

I like Revenge of the Pink Panther - madness!

Its about time I had a signature

The Thin White Duke: David Bowie Tribute Band

EuropeanCanon
(crash course raver)
09/08/06 10:02 AM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: ziggfried]  

These are fuckin' great! I've got quite a few framed film posters and Japanese chirashi already, but I'd sacrifice them all for the chance to have the likes of this adorning my wall:



God's footballer hears the voices of angels
Above the choir at Molineux


anisette
(acolyte)
09/08/06 10:05 AM
Flee Fly Flo Flum new [re: EuropeanCanon]  

That's my favorite one too.

meow


PHOENIX
(funny little bunny)
09/08/06 11:01 AM
What the????? new [re: anisette]  

My personal favourite aside from the gut-bustingly-funny Fly poster is the "looks like it was done by a 6-year-old with MS Paint" poster of Gremlins.



Am I suspended in gaffa?

Persilot
(acolyte)
09/08/06 12:08 PM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: ziggfried]  

This one is fitting tribute to good old Steve Irwin.

"I know you believe you understand what you think I've said. But I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant."

tv eye
(acolyte)
09/08/06 05:22 PM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: Persilot]  

this thread shows a great deal of cultural myopia. consider these facts:

- surrealism in eastern europe, unlike in the west, survived well into 1980s; some artists still work in that framework (e.g. jan svankmajer)

- as sam_x rightly pointed out, a poster was considered an art form (hence great posters for shitty films, like trading places or the muppet movie)

- since 1990s, 20-something harvard mbas have been teaching eastern europe how to properly do things, hence the end of this psychodellic poster craze. thank god, the world is safe, and all the publicity for hollywood movies comes directly from hollywood too. also, thanks to the 20-something harvard mbas, eastern europe is nearly devoid of any labour laws, and people literally cannot earn their living.



ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/08/06 09:22 PM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: tv eye]  

In reply to:

this thread shows a great deal of cultural myopia...thank god, the world is safe, and all the publicity for hollywood movies comes directly from hollywood too. also, thanks to the 20-something harvard mbas, eastern europe is nearly devoid of any labour laws, and people literally cannot earn their living.


Well, that just totally dragged the mood down. I guess we should all cry, if we're not allowed to laugh.



Starlite
(acolyte)
09/08/06 09:29 PM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: tv eye]  

Agreed... maybe one or two are funny (Saturday Night Fever), but most of these posters are great. They're beautiful and creatively thought-out, and far more interesting visually than the glamour-shot-with-explosion-behind-it stuff we have here.

Heck, in Eastern Europe, even children's books are often illustrated with surrealistic or avante-garde art. It allows one to stretch one's imagination regarding the subject more. (For instance, the Ghandi poster feels very evocative of both Ghandi's philosophical stance and the political situation India at the time to me.)



anisette
(acolyte)
09/08/06 09:38 PM
we all live in a yellow submarine new [re: ziggfried]  

gah is EVERYTHING america's fault????

meow


ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/08/06 09:47 PM
Re: we all live in a yellow submarine new [re: anisette]  

In reply to:

gah is EVERYTHING america's fault????


Yes. Yes it is.



anisette
(acolyte)
09/08/06 09:50 PM
the outer rings of uranus new [re: ziggfried]  

shit.

well fuck. ain't there someplace america didn't fuck up the ass?

meow


Sam_X
(electric tomato)
09/08/06 09:55 PM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: tv eye]  

In reply to:

eastern europe is nearly devoid of any labour laws


If only that was true. Life here would be great.

In reply to:

and people literally cannot earn their living


We're fine, thank you.

~
Heaven is a place where
Nothing ever happens

ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/08/06 09:55 PM
Re: the outer rings of uranus new [re: anisette]  

In reply to:

well fuck. ain't there someplace america didn't fuck up the ass?


Yeah. Atlantis. And that's only because the damn island sank ages before there was an America to go and fuck it up the ass.



anisette
(acolyte)
09/08/06 10:08 PM
a whole ancient world new [re: ziggfried]  

Well, Disney made an honest effort to sodomize Atlantis with that damn cartoon they made about it.

meow


ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/08/06 10:14 PM
Re: a whole ancient world new [re: anisette]  

Good point. But I think we're straying from the topic here - we should be turning this into a hate-thread against Ronald Reagan and John Paul II for ending the Cold War, bringing down the Iron Curtain, and fucking over Eastern Europe's insane movie poster industry.



anisette
(acolyte)
09/08/06 10:16 PM
Disney was just a.... new [re: ziggfried]  



meow


anisette
(acolyte)
09/08/06 10:44 PM
i cream for Ghandi new [re: Starlite]  

In reply to:

maybe one or two are funny


oh please, don't exaggerate. NONE of them are funny.

In reply to:

It allows one to stretch one's imagination regarding the subject more.


yes, one's imagination is quite rigid, isn't one's?

meow


Starlite
(acolyte)
09/09/06 00:21 AM
Ouch, and I'm uptight? new [re: anisette]  

In reply to:

oh please, don't exaggerate. NONE of them are funny.


What makes you say so? You don't think the John Travolta eye sparkle is humorous? (Consciously so, even?)

In reply to:

yes, one's imagination is quite rigid, isn't one's?


Well, now I'm confused as to whether you like these posters or not. Unless you're saying you hate them entirely and think they're neither good nor funny.

tv eye
(acolyte)
09/09/06 00:41 AM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: Sam_X]  

In reply to:

eastern europe is nearly devoid of any labour laws
If only that was true. Life here would be great.


kinda proves my point about the 20-something harvard mbas.

In reply to:

We're fine, thank you.


ok, so i'm exaggerating. besides that, i can't tell for sure about czech republic, but for the countries i do know (and i have a feeling czech republic won't be that different) the following are true:

- minimum wages are laughable; sometimes they do not even amount to a montly rent
- unions are dismantled or largely ineffective
- labour/social democratic and even socialist parties are run by people openly endorsing corporate interests
- some old factories have turned into export-oriented sweatshops
- taxation is not progressive, and there is no itention to make it progressive
- employers may hire, fire and make employees work unpaid overtime whenever they want to

shall i go on?

In reply to:

gah is EVERYTHING america's fault????


i blame it solely on the 20-something harvard mbas (well ok, by now they're 30-something) - a very small part of america's population.



Sam_X
(electric tomato)
09/09/06 05:36 AM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: tv eye]  

In reply to:

- minimum wages are laughable; sometimes they do not even amount to a montly rent


Don't know about the other countries but this certainly isn't true in Czech Rep.

In reply to:

- unions are dismantled or largely ineffective


Wishful thinking!

In reply to:

- labour/social democratic and even socialist parties are run by people openly endorsing corporate interests


Yep. The socialist parties especially, as they're keen to support dying industries they've been feeding during the totalitarian era. On the expense of growing industries / education / culture of course.

In reply to:

- some old factories have turned into export-oriented sweatshops


Some of them, yes. Mostly foreign labour works there. What's wrong with export, though?

In reply to:

- taxation is not progressive, and there is no itention to make it progressive


Slovakia has introduced the flat tax few years ago and their economy is on the rise.

In reply to:

- employers may hire, fire and make employees work unpaid overtime whenever they want to


Quite the contrary. Employers are forced to kneel before the employee.

~
Heaven is a place where
Nothing ever happens

Remade/Remodeled
(acolyte)
09/09/06 06:38 AM
Tax without rhyme or reason is equal to treason new [re: Sam_X]  

In reply to:

Slovakia has introduced the flat tax few years ago and their economy is on the rise.


Sure, their economy is strong, but what about the people within it?

The flat tax is one of those beautiful neo-liberal reforms which, like free trade, helps the rich and helps the poor... get fucked even harder by the rich.

In reply to:

Some of them, yes. Mostly foreign labour works there. What's wrong with export, though?


Nothing's wrong with export but there's something very wrong with sweatshops, Sammy. Or does that not matter because 'mostly foreign labour works there'?

In reply to:

Employers are forced to kneel before the employee.


Sounds beautiful. Got any room for an absurdly handsome Antipodean English teacher?

Deny your culture of consumption;
This is a culture of destruction


KModerator
(thunder ocean)
09/09/06 12:21 PM
Re: Movie Poster Madness! new [re: Sam_X]  

In reply to:

Slovakia has introduced the flat tax few years ago and their economy is on the rise.


Add to what R/R said, this comment has very little to do with what tv eye's original point. It doesn't in any way counter the original point, in fact it supports what tv eye said.

And pray tell, what is wrong with trade unions?

"If one of us dies, I'd be the one to inherit your money."
- Mrs. K on the function of marriage

anisette
(acolyte)
09/09/06 06:05 PM
i lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed new [re: Starlite]  

In reply to:

Well, now I'm confused


yes, you are.

let me see if i can clarify:

1) NONE of those posters are funny. not even one or two.

2) It's a good thing one has avant-garde illustrations in children's books to stretch one's imagination muscle, because on occasion it seems one's imagination muscle has atrophied somewhat.

did the emoticons help??



meow


anisette
(acolyte)
09/09/06 07:21 PM
can i get this on a t-shirt? new [re: ziggfried]  



i'd buy that for a dollar!

meow


Sam_X
(electric tomato)
09/09/06 09:47 PM
Re: Tax without rhyme or reason is equal to treaso new [re: Remade/Remodeled]  

In reply to:

helps the rich and helps the poor... get fucked even harder by the rich


Yeah? How? The rich still pay more, as they earn more. Fair & square in my book.

~
Heaven is a place where
Nothing ever happens

Starlite
(acolyte)
09/10/06 03:28 AM
Re: i lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed new [re: anisette]  

I think you might be a bit confused, too. It's my sense of humor that's rigid/atrophied, not my imagination. Come on, get with the program.

(Yes, I like emoticons.)



anisette
(acolyte)
09/10/06 09:44 AM
dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones new [re: Starlite]  

Your knee bone connected to your thigh bone
Your thigh bone connected to your hip bone
Your hip bone connected to your back bone....


and so on and so forth.

Welcome to Anatomy of Humor 101, Starlite.

meow



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