Best Movie Posters of the Decade

Yesterday I wrote about one of the more unusual lists making the rounds on the Web now that the end of the noughties is nigh: a list of the best book covers of the past decade as judged by the people behind Book Cover Archive Web site. Now, I’ve come across another compilation that is in much the same vein of the book cover list. This time, I shall now point you to the direction of the best movie posters of the ’00s according to another new favorite Web site of mine, The Auteurs.

Movie posters are arguably indispensable in the whole process of marketing films, big studio releases and independent productions alike. Like a beautifully designed book cover, a good and striking movie poster has the ability to sway customers into supporting the product it is trying to sell. Sure enough, The Auteurs has formulated a list that includes 10 of the best and most striking movie posters of films released in the past decade, along with 10 special mentions, posters that practically compel anyone who sees them to go see the films.

Among the posters that made it to the top ten are the promotional material used for the 2004 dramedy Palindromes, which employed an illustration reminiscent of E.H. Shepard‘s work on the Winnie-the-Pooh books, and the artwork used for Steven Soderbergh‘s 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience, which, like the film’s lead star, Sasha Grey, is both dazzling and titillating. The one that topped the list, though, was the poster for Funny Games, Michael Haneke‘s 2008 remake of the Austrian horror film of the same name and by the same director. Adrian Curry, who compiled the list, said of the winning film poster, “I realize that it is ironic that this is my pick for the best movie poster of the decade since we all know that the enemy of good movie poster design is the big celebrity close-up or the floating head. The Funny Games poster is after all nothing more than a giant close-up of Naomi Watts. But this poster both subverts and transcends that convention.”

All in all, it’s an impressive list. But I’m a bit disappointed that the memorable posters for About Schmidt, Adaptation, Cloverfield, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Moon, and even–dare I say it–Jennifer’s Body, just to name a few, are notably absent.

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