Rob Beschizza at 7:27 am Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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You may be fond of creating minimalist movie posters, which cleverly boil down a whole production to a single distinctive, cinematic motif. I'm afraid Slacktory's Jed Stoneham has you all conclusively beaten.
Are you sure that’s the poster for Avatar, and not the Smurfs?
I was thinking it was Superman. (Pick whatever version you want)
And this is why Slacktory’s Jed Stoneham has beaten exactly no one.
Hmmmm. I must lack imagination because any allusion to a movie (IE: Avatar) has been minimalized right out of this poster for me. I, uh, just see a blue rectangle.
I was waiting for the picture to load.
You need the 3-D glasses to really SEE it.
I applaud this valiant effort at being clever and funny.
I think Raiders and Laurence of Arabia would be funnier if they were the same color. (Altho maybe he’s right: Raiders’ is the color of pyramids/temple structure, Laurence’s is color of sand.)
It’s the same as the poster for “The Windows Movie”!
Reminds me of Yves Klein’s famous blue monochromes:
I’d call these movie posters ‘trolling’ – I mean, this isn’t minimalist, these posters don’t have minimal content, they have no content.
And no, a color isn’t content. Unless you’re already familiar with the movies in question, these posters convey no information.
If you’ve seen other minimalist posters, ones which have actual design, you’ll discover that unless you’ve seen or are familiar with the film the posters don’t convey any information there either.
That’s the joke. To a person who hasn’t seen these films, they convey as much information about the film as most minimalist movie posters on the internet do (though some are better than others and are sometimes very good).
And yet, I’m positive something very much the same can be found in a good many “art” galleries, with price tags of several thousand dollars close by.
Yep! The posters are literally a joke. (I edit Slacktory; we’re a comedy site.)
OK, now it makes sense!
Minimal poster or minimal humor?
“Pantone: The Movie”
Reduce it to one pixel then you’re talking
Lady Sings the Blues
My Blue Heaven
Deep Blue Sea
The Blue Lagoon
I could go on, but basically, the designer blue it.
It’s obviously just a frame from Derek Jarman’s Blue, only in portrait rather than landscape format. As the film was 79 minutes long there were 113,760 such frames, but I am not sure which one the poster “designer” lifted.
Jarman was my first thought, as well. In fact, I have a copy of the VHS release — a former rental purchased from an undeniably twisted video store — and as best I can recall [it's currently in storage], the box art looks suspiciously like Stoneham’s design. Or vice-versa, I mean.
The label type and the frames are kind of kitschy.
Aww come on guys, as satire this is kind of hilarious. Not the most clever thing, but an appropriate riff on the concept.
not v. minimal
Nope. Pink one isn’t “Fight Club.” It’s “Lost In Translation.” Everyone knows that. Yellow one isn’t “Kill Bill.” It’s “The Life Aquatic.” psshh…ARTISTS.
Pink = The Royal Tenenbaums.
Reminds me of a MOVIEBARCODE. A cool site that “compresses” an entire film to a coloured barcode.
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