Transformers: Age of Extinction Is the Movie that Refuses to Die Off, Rush Gets a Silence of the Lambs Edge, Escape from Tomorrow: Going Insane in The Happiest Place on Earth; Let the Fire Burn: If a Bomb Doesn’t Move Them The Fire Will; The True-Life Story of the Dog of Dog Day Afternoon, The Philosopher Has That Rapturous Feel, Plus Parkland French, Jobs Asian, Walk With Dinosaurs Spanish, La Vid d’ Adele (Blue Is the Warmest Color) Official French Poster

Posted: September 4, 2013 in Movies


Paramount has dusted off the official title and released the first poster for the fourth Transformers movie:  Transformers: Age of Extinction.   Hopefully this means that number  four will be the last of its kind and no more shall Michael Bay and Transformers ever be seen together on the same title sheet.

The after 4 logo is the Decepticon insignia.

Some evolutionary wrinkles added this time are Dinobots– machines that transform into Dinosaurs and some new  cars with a decidedly Chinese style to them, to make those folks that live in the number 1 or 2 movie viewing  country of the world (depending on the time of day and which version of Variety you read) very happy.

On a more somber note (at least to this writer), Michael Bay commented on his website “the story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”

Opens late June 2014.

rush_ver12The red racing stripe on the right edge and  the steal of a famous one sheet pose featuring Joide Foster and Anthony Hopkins from The Silence of the Lambs are the two grace notes for this Rush poster that lifts it above the ordinary.

The story pits Euro Trash Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl of the umlaut U)  against British Blonde James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth still thunderous and looking like a God) for the Grand Prix crown of the 1970’s.

Olivia Wilde who has been in everything lately also stars.  Ron Howard directs.


A bit melodramatic but cool poster considering that Mickey Mouse doesn’t go berserk and start killing people in Disney World.  That’s in the 37th level of the new Disney video game.

Escape From Tomorrow is about a man (Roy Abramsohn) having a nervous breakdown while on vacation with his family at The Happiest Place on Earth.

The movie was filmed secretly without Disney’s permission over the course of a few weeks.

The earlier first poster (below) for Escape For Tomorrow featuring the ever watchful eye of Sauron, uhm, I mean Disney was judged too sedate for such a guerrilla style indie.

Randy Moore wrote, directed and miraculously got it released despite the ever threatening Mouse Suits keeping watch.

Comes to VOD October 11th and big screens in limited release a few weeks later.


let_the_fire_burnLet the Fire Burn is a documentary about the 1985 standoff between the extremist black power MOVE organization and the Philadelphia police which led to the police authorized bombing of the tenement building the MOVE activists had occupied.   The bomb set off a fire that killed several innocent civilians.

Let the Fire Burn will have showings at this years Tribeca Film Festival and TIFF.  Director Jason Oder documents the personal stories of neighborhood residents, MOVE members and officials through extensive archival footage of court hearings, news broadcasts, home movies and interviews.

The film’s poster does a good job of representing the chaos of the event.  The sepia tone gives it a more 1970’s revolutionary vibe than 1980’s feel.

dogThe Dog is a documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon.

The poster screams irreverent indie comedy with a noir twist not a documentary.

The Dog will have screenings at this year TIFF and New York Film Festival.


The Philosopher  is a drama set at an international school in Jakarta.  A philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

John Huddles directs.  The cast includes Bonnie Wright, Maia Mitchell and Daryl Sabara. 

The European posters make it look like a post-rapture Christian made film with its angel hovering above a nuclear blast and survivors starring up to heaven.



It is very unusual for the French to need to have everything spelled out to them.   Not half bad for what is essentially a cast poster.

Parkland had its premier at this year’s Venice International Film Festival and is also part of TIFF 2013.


The Japanese Jobs poster gets caught in the early morning rays of the Rising Sun.



Nothing like a T-Rex looking to swallow a baby triceratop whole to make it scream wholesome family entertainment.



Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d’ Adele ),  the scandalous lesbian drama that won the hearts of Cannes this year gets a very sedate French sheet.





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