Release date: April 5, 2013 (Wide Release) Running time: 91 min. Genre: Horror Director: Fede Alvarez Studio: Columbia Pictures Screenplay: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues Mendez Producer(s): Bruce Campbell, Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi b>Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore Official Site:evildead-movie.com Rating:R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language. Available film art:Evil Dead movie posters
Synopsis: In Evil Dead, the remake of the 1981 cult classic, five twenty-something friends with plenty of free time are staying in a remote cabin. The five friends discover a “Book of the Dead” and proceed (unwittingly) to summon a host of dormant demons, who are inhabiting the nearby woods. The demons possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left to fight for survival.
Release date: March 15, 2013 (Wide Release) Running time: 1 hr. 40 min. Genre: Comedy Director: Don Scardino Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley Producer(s): Chris Bender, Steve Carell, Jake Weiner, Tyler Mitchell Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey Official Site:theincredibleburtwonderstone.com Rating:PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug related incident and language. Available film art:The Incredible Burt Wonderstone movie posters
Synopsis: Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have been raking in millions, for years, performing their death defying illusions in Vegas. When Burt injures Anton during one of the hotbox trick, Anton packs up and moves to the Far East. During Anton’s absence, Guerilla street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) develops a large cult following that is overshadowing Burt’s Las Vegas act, which seems stale in comparison. Burt must convince Anton to rejoin the act so that they can rediscover their love of performing and take on Steve Gray.
Release date: March 1, 2013 (Wide Release) Running time: 114 min. Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure Director: Bryan Singer Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Dan Studney Producer(s): Neal H. Moritz, David Dobkin, Ori Marmur, Patrick McCormick Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremmer, Ian McShane, Christopher Fairbank Official Site:jackthegiantslayer.warnerbros.com Rating:PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language. Available film art:Jack the Giant Slayer movie posters
Synopsis:Jack the Giant Slayer is a reimagining of the beloved children’s fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack unwittingly opens a gateway that leads to the world of the Giants. This restarts a war as the Giants seek to reclaim the world that they had lost centuries ago. Jack is forced into an epic battle to save not only his own life, but that of the inhabitants of the kingdom and the life of the princess.
First of all I want to say that I am not a teenager or a twenty-something person but I watched this at the 12:01 a.m. showing on the day it was released with my twenty year old son. From the commercials I was expecting something a little more on the comical side but it was not exactly what I expected. I am not big into the whole zombie thing but since this seemed to be a humorous scenario I decided I would give it a try.
The first half of the show I felt that it was a little too slow but about half way through it picked up the pace. The premise of the show was somewhat like a Twilight vampire flick only with zombies. There was some brain eating involved which sort of turned my stomach even though I am quite sure they were not actually eating brains.
You could tell that the main zombie was a nice looking young guy under all that zombie makeup. The main human was a pretty blond girl toting a large weapon which she was using quite skillfully. I know that if an apocalypse were to actually happen we would probably all get some kind of weapon skills but I am sure that we would not all look so sexy while we were doing it.
Regardless, the movie starts out showing the division between the zombies and the humans. The zombies all lived outside of the encampment of the humans and our main zombie (he goes by the name of ‘R’) lives at the airport. His apartment is an abandoned airplane and he has pretty good taste in music in the form of vinyl records. We hear his thoughts throughout most of the first half of the movie, how he can not remember his name, how the only communication there is between zombies is an occasional grunt, and how he likes to envision what the other zombies were when they were humans.
He has a best friend that grunts more than most and it turns out that this zombie has some of the most humorous lines in the movie, mostly in the form of cuss words. I am not a fan of cussing but when a zombie does not do anything but grunt and then when he actually does communicate it comes out in the form of an expletive it does have the effect the movie makers were looking for.
I am not quite certain even now that I have seen the movie whether ‘R’ falls for the girl (Julie) because she is so skillfully wielding a weapon with her flowing blond hair and sexy shorts or if it is because he just got finished eating the brains of her boyfriend (Perry, whom she calls Per) and through eating the brains of the boyfriend got flashbacks of their romance and thus fell in love with her. Every time ‘R’ eats another bite of Per’s brains it shows him another scene out of Julie and Per’s relationship.
He ends up saving her from the rest of the zombies that are in the pack hunting humans with him by wiping some blood on her from his last victim (which happened to be her boyfriend) and walks her back to his airplane. She, of course, is scared out of her mind and wondering what in the heck is going on. He manages to say a couple of words to comfort her, “You safe.”
She tries to escape while he is off getting her some food and lands right in the middle of a pack of zombies who are attracted to her smell. Luckily ‘R’ gets there first and again wipes on his scent and tells her to act dead. She does a bit of an overkill dead imitation and he says, “Too much.” I have to admit I found this humorous.
‘R’ tells her that she has to stay a few days or the others will get suspicious so she does and they bond. Each day ‘R’ seems to become more and more human. She finally gets tired of waiting and ‘R’ is forced to let her go but then the really bad guys show up. These are the “bonies”, the zombies that have been dead so long there is nothing left of them but skeletons and they have become even more aggressive than the zombies at killing humans. They do not have any qualms about going through a zombie to do it either.
Also, since ‘R’ is becoming more and more human the other zombies around him are suddenly picking up more human feelings as well. After seeing Julie grab ‘R’s’ hand when they were running from the bonies the other zombies feel the “love”. The bonies realize that the zombies are becoming human again and they are after the zombies as well.
‘R’ gets Julie out and while he is trying to get her home she gets away and he loses her because she is still not sure about this zombie guy (even though she is beginning to have feelings for him). ‘R’ gets back to the airport and his best friend tells him that the bonies are after him and Julie so he has to find her to warn her. Since he has her boyfriend’s memories he can see how to find her. Oh, and by the way, he ends up confessing that he was the one to eat her boyfriend. It did not go over well but guess what? She forgave him because she knew he could not help himself.
Julie makes a plan to tell her dad about how the zombies are changing back to humans to get his help with the bonies. Did I mention her dad was the head of the whole human contingent? It must have slipped my mind. Anyway, it did not go over well and he is poised to blow out ‘R’s’ brains, evidently that is the only way to put down a zombie. Julie’s best friend steps in and pulls a gun on dear old dad to give them a chance to escape.
‘R’ saves Julie’s life on multiple occasions because of his love for her and becomes more and more human in the process as they run from the bonies. After the umpteenth time of saving her life he finally works up the courage to kiss her (or remembers how) and his eyes change and you can see he is completely human now. And in that instance dad is back and shoots him through the shoulder and says the next one is for his head.
But guess what? He is bleeding in the water and Julie says, “Dad, zombies do not bleed!” To which dad puts down the gun. But in the mean time the other zombies are all fighting the bonies which are coming towards the humans homestead. The dad had put out the alert for all the soldiers to go and stop both the zombies and the bonies but knew they would lose because there were so many of them and not enough humans.
When the soldiers came upon the zombies and bonies and saw that they were fighting each other one of the soldiers said, “Who do we shoot?” The zombie who is the best friend of ‘R’s’ throws them a bonie and says “here!” The whole scene was pretty comical and needless to say the soldiers and the zombies ganged up on the bonies and won. They called into Julie’s dad and told him what was going on and so he lifted the order to kill the zombies.
The humans let the zombies back in to live with them and the healthy humans were all trying to help the unhealthy, previously zombies, learn how to live normal lives and teach them the things they had forgotten. A very handsome ‘R’ and Julie were together in the end. She asked him if he had ever remembered his name and he said no, then she suggested he make up a new name for himself. He declined and said that he was happy just being ‘R’.
The movie was the top movie the weekend it came out. Lots of people seemed to like it and even some of the critics I read gave it around an eighty percent rating. I guess there are a lot of zombie fans out there or people who like to see romance happen in strange places. I could have waited for the DVD but it wasn’t bad even though it sounds just a bit ridiculous. Differences in taste are part of what makes our world go round, right?
Jack Meyers is a regular contributor for www.nannybackgroundcheck.com. As a detective he wants to spread the knowledge of terrible things that can happen when people don’t fully verify the credentials of a caregiver or any employee. He also writes for various law enforcement blogs and sites.
Release date: February 8, 2013 (Wide) Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min. Genre: Comedy Director: Seth Gordon Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): Scott Stuber, Jason Bateman, Pamela Abdy Screenplay: Steve Conrad, Craig Mazin Cast: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Banks Official Site:identitythiefmovie.com Rated:R: for sexual content and language. Official Movie Art:Identity Thief movie posters
Synopsis: In Identity Thief, accounts representtive and responsible family man, Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman) has a huge problem. A thief (Melissa McCarthy) in Orlando, Florida has stolen his identity and has racked up a huge debt thereby, destroying his credit. Getting no help from the police, Sandy decides to travel to Orlando and find the thief and bring her back to Denver to face justice. He soon finds out that this isn’t going to be easy as this spunky criminal isn’t going to gve up without a fight.
Release date: February 1, 2013 (Wide) Runtime: 1 hr. 31 min. Genre: Action & Adventure Director: Walter Hill Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Producer(s): Joel Silver, Alexandra Milchan, Kevin King-Templeton, Miles Millar, Al Gough Screenplay: Alessandro Camon Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Jason Momoa, John Seda, Holt McCallany, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater Official Site:bullettothehead.warnerbros.com Rated:R: for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use. Official Movie Art:Bullet to the Head movie posters
Synopsis: Based on the graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tête, Bullet in the Head tells the story of a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a Washington DC policeman (Sung Kang), who form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners.
Release date: January 18, 2013 (Wide) Runtime: 1 hr. 49 min. Genre: Thriller, Drama Director: Allen Hughes Studio: 20th Century Fox Producer(s): Allen Hughes, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Arnon Milchan, Teddy Schwartzman, Remington Chase, Randall Emmett Screenplay: Brian Tucker Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler, Natalie Martinez, Jeffrey Wright Official Site:brokencitymovie.com Rated:R: for pervasive language and some sexual content and violence Official Movie Art:Broken City Movie Posters
Synopsis: In Broken City, former cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) uncovers a huge scandal when the mayor of New York City (Crowe) hires him to follow his wife (Zeta-Jones).
A Quick Guide to Authenticity: The Concept of Originals
Given the vastness of the market, there truly is something for everyone when it comes to collecting movie posters. As such, it’s easy to find a cinematic treasure no matter where your interests lie (or how small your budget may be).
The only difficulty is knowing where to start, and the concept of what actually constitutes an ‘original’ can throw a lot of new collectors.
In a nutshell, it simply means that the poster was issued for use in promoting or advertising a film – usually in theaters – and not for general sale to the public.
Confusingly however, while nearly all original posters were at one time issued by the National Screen Service, there are a handful movie posters which have been issued by another party (such as by the studio, directly studio or a third-party promo company) and they are still considered to be original. In fact, an even smaller portion of these were never meant to be seen by the public and were intended for industry-insider eyes only. Given their very limited release and circulation, these can be highly desirable and crop up from time to time in forgotten collections and on display in LA film schools.
To further complicate matters, most NSS-issued posters have their own NSS number, usually stamped or printed near the bottom. But a word of warning: a poster can be an original without an NSS number, and just because a movie poster has one doesn’t mean it’s genuine (since the tag is easily faked).
Re-issues, Re-releases and Re-strikes
In terms of originality, it mainly boils down to how ‘authorized’ the poster is; as such, the term ‘reprint’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘fake’ if the print run was conducted by the NSS in an official capacity, and would therefore be an original. Of course, there are plenty of unauthorized reprints out there which are not to be considered originals. These are generally made by fraudsters looking to sell them as the real deal, and are generally easy to identify if you know what you’re looking for.
What aren’t easy to identify are NSS re-strikes, which are authorized but in this case not considered to be original. These were intentionally printed for sales purposes by the NSS or the studio behind a movie, and since they come from the same source, look virtually identical. But as they were mass-produced and not intended for theater display reasons, these are not ‘original’ in any sense and are unfit for investment purposes.
Re-releases are another matter altogether. In the event of a movie’s cinematic re-release (usually a massively popular film), a new poster will be issued to go with it. It can vary massively from the original or not at all, but either way it’s still an ‘original’ in its own right albeit slightly less desirable (in a collectibility sense, at least).
One telling mark is that a re-release poster generally has an ‘R’ prefixing the NSS number.
A Quick Word on Fakes
Avoiding shady or unverifiable sellers is essential if you’re serious about steering clear of fakes. Without naming names, as a general rule online auction sites can act as the primary hunting grounds for scammers. As mentioned, for the most part they’re easy to spot but as technology (and determination) progresses some fraudsters even fool seasoned experts from time to time. Some notable examples:
- Kerry Haggard was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison in 2012 following a string of high-quality poster frauds over the course of seven years. Along with an alleged accomplice (who protested innocence and was never charged), Haggard sold numerous desirable poster replicas convincing enough to pass at auction, nine of which sold for $93k.
- Thomas Rega very nearly got away with a sale of three ultra-rare posters at auction – including a Dracula style B one-sheet – before the elaborate fake was uncovered at the last moment. The Dracula poster alone, if sold, was estimated to fetch around $225,000.
- If you think it’s a skill faking existing posters to indistinguishable standards, consider the work of Pascal Witaszek. In a light-hearted example of poster fakery, Witaszek’s imagining of a non-existent Walt Disney biopic was so credible it started a viral buzz in which scores of people believed it to be a real upcoming movie. Sadly, it’s not.
Don’t Be Put Off – Start Building a Collection Today
Whether you’re looking for something to simply hang on the wall or for a serious memorabilia investment, we take the hard work of authentication out of the equation. Allmoviereplicas.com offer a great range of guaranteed original posters, all of which are in mint condition in a variety of styles and prices.
Movie posters make for superb talking points in a home and with prices as low as $30, they can also serve as thoughtful gifts. In addition, not only can movie posters serve as a fairly solid alternative investment, they provide immediate gratification upon receipt; unlike buying a bottle of 1959 Chateau d’Yquem and keeping it locked in a hermetically sealed box for years, movie posters don’t require any special storage (for the most part) and can be displayed without fear of damaging your investment.
The OnlineMBA.com has an interesting one minute video illustrating some of the economic and entertainment impact of the The Lord of the Rings series and the recently released movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Check it out and see what you think.
Release date: December 19, 2012 (Selected Theaters), January 11, 2013 (Wide Release) Running time: 157 minutes Genre: Thriller, Drama Director: Kathryn Bigelow Studio: Annapurna Pictures Screenplay: Mark Boal Producer(s): Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez Official Site:zerodarkthirty-movie.com Rating:R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images and strong language Available film art:Zero Dark Thirty movie posters
Synopsis:Zero Dark Thirty chronicles the search for al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden following the September 11, 2001 attacks, and his subsequent death at the hands of the U.S. Navy SEALS in May 2011.
Sex and The City: The Movie Original 11 x 17 Movie Poster - Advance Style A. Mint condition, single-sided, mini, rolled. This is an original single-sided theatrical release movie poster and not a repr...