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The Original Movie Posters Blog - ART OF THE MOVIES

  • The Star Wars Films - In the Order You Should Watch Them...

    Who are we to tell you what films to watch when? You’re a free spirit, able to make your own decisions and watch whatever you want, whenever you want. But, in the days of cinematic universes, re-boots, sequels, prequels, spin-offs and TV tie-ins, it can be bewildering to work out how things actually fit together.

    So, in our “In the Order You Should Watch Them…” series of blog posts, we like to paint a simple picture and provide a bit of background. The rest, well, that’s up to you. Perhaps you’ll watch them backwards, maybe that’s just how you roll…

    This week, in anticipation of the final part of the Skywalker Saga, it is Star Wars...

  • Joker - All of the Movie Posters...

    As our favourite movie of the year becomes the first ‘R’ rated film to take $1B at the box office, rumours abound of a possible sequel.

    The movie posters for the film have been in high demand and the studio, agencies and distributors have excelled with some stunning images, using both art-house film-stills and illustration from some fantastic contemporary artists.

    In this week’s blog post, we pull together the ones we have found, and those that still elude us…

  • So Good, They Could Have Been The Poster...

    Following a couple of decades where the photographic movie poster has reigned unchallenged, the illustrated movie poster is finally on the march.

    Movie studios and agencies have taken note of the Alternative Movie Poster movement and some familiar names from that world are now producing key art for blockbuster movies.

    In this new blog series however, we’ll be focusing on the unofficial posters, picking out some of our favourites and highlighting the amazing illustrators behind them.

    First up, two posters each from Paul Mann, Tony Stella and friend of the blog, Rich Davies…

  • What is a Press Book?

    For many of us, the only examples of movie publicity that we come across are the movie posters that we know and love, but they are only one part of the huge marketing campaign that accompanied a film.

    Dating back to the 1910s studios have produced ‘press books’ to encourage a cinema manager to push their film harder than any other.

    To bring that to life, we take a good look at a film from 1969 and its press book, Guy Hamilton’s all-star World War II thriller “Battle of Britain”...

  • I Won't Give Up The Day Job, Just Yet...

    How many of us have sat staring at a movie poster wishing that we could be part of the movie? 

    We've been doing just that watching "The Dark Crystal : Age of Resistance" on Netflix and before it premiered, we had our chance to star, if only for a few seconds in a small clip... 

  • The Artists - The Movie Posters of Robert McGinnis

    In the 2014 book “The Art of Robert E. McGinnis”, the artist states “Painting is addictive. There is never enough time, never enough satisfaction … Nevertheless, painting is a good friend and I’m fortunate to be blissfully under its spell.”

    That probably explains why, in a career now well into its eighth decade, one of the most successful commercial illustrators of the twentieth century is still producing stunning works of art.

    In this blog post we pull together about six month’s research to try and show all of the movie posters of this phenomenal artist and illustrator...

  • Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker - The Final Trailer and Release Poster...

    A little under two months before it hits the big screen, Lucasfilm have released the final trailer and release poster for the last episode of the Star Wars Saga - "The Rise of Skywalker"

    See them both here!

  • Halloween is Nearly Here!

    Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, so we thought we would get you in the ‘trick or treat’ mood with an opportunity to watch the very first horror film (from 1896) and see a few of our favourite scary movie posters!

    Which is your favourite film for the witching hour?

  • 2019 Blockbusters - What A Way To Close The Year!

    2019 has already delivered some of the biggest films of recent years. April gave us Marvel's Avengers: Endgame. Summer gave us the highly anticipated Toy Story 4, The Lion King and Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, and as I write this, the astonishing Joker has just hit the big screen.

    Here are our pick (with all the trailers) of the Autumn and Winter releases! 

  • French Movie Poster Names and Sizes - A Downloadable Infographic

    Movie posters are produced around the world and the savvy should ensure that they look at non-English language posters, some of which are the most stylish out there.

    However, the large number of International poster formats can be confusing. This blog post continues our 'Poster Names and Sizes' series and provides a convenient downloadable Infographic showing common French movie poster names and sizes...

  • Joker - A Best Picture Oscar for a Comic Movie?

    This month the jury of the 76th Venice Film Festival announced the winner of their highest honour, the Golden Lion.

    Alongside Cannes' Palme d'Or and Berlin's Golden Bear, the Golden Lion is among the elite of European film awards.

    So, the jury's announcement that the Golden Lion was won by Todd Philip's "Joker" was all the more amazing...

  • The Original Movie Poster Blog's First Birthday!

    This week marks the first birthday of the Original Movie Posters Blog - sixty-nine posts showcasing movie poster history, movie poster artists (old and new) and the latest in movie news.

    Thank you for reading and being a part of it!

    In celebration, this week we are going to take a look at this rare and intriguing Star Wars poster...