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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 4, 2009 |

Movie blogging is a strange game. Yesterday, I spotted one movie blog — suffering from a slow news week like the rest of us — deign to post a movie poster of Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and I thought: “Wow. We’re that hard up now, huh?” and subsequently decided to write about something equally benign. But then, this poster showed up on another movie blog, and then another, and then another. A movie poster with very little substantive value had suddenly gained a measure of newsworthiness by simple virtue of its pervasiveness. It’s a sad little world we’re living in right now.

Anyway, here’s the movie poster, and as late to the game as I am at this point, I have nothing new to add, so after the pic, I’ll offer a round-up of what the other movie blogs are saying. About a movie poster. Important stuff, folks:


Peter over at Slashfilm, as usual (for one of the bigger movie blogs, one that’s particularly sensitive to alienating readers), played it safe, facilely reporting the facts: “The trailer will hit theaters on Friday, along with the teaser trailer for The Wachowski Brothers-produced Ninja Assassin … I’ve heard that the Public Enemies trailer will be online either Wednesday or Thursday.”

Our friends over at Screen Rant pointed out the uncanny similarities the Public Enemies poster has to the Joker’s Dark Knight poster (and really, the similarities are too close to be a mistake). “This poster is simple yet effective… but it’s been done before (pretty recently). It features the movie’s protagonist, John Dillenger (played by Johnny Depp) standing in the middle of the street with the big city behind him holding a submachine gun.”

Alex over at, as is his wont, used the word “excited” for the 4,567th time this week to describe the poster and his anticipation level (seriously, this guy uses “excited” more than Ausiello uses the words “scoop” or “exclusive” combined): “This looks strikingly similar to that Joker poster for The Dark Knight (leather gloves and all),” he writes. “But that’s not necessarily a bad thing [umm. Yes it is.]. Hopefully this means we’ll be seeing a trailer soon as well? At this point I’m pretty excited for Public Enemies and all we need now is to finally see some footage!”

(For the record, the word “excited” shows up on 2,270 different pages on that site — that’s not exaggeration. He’s really excited about the word excited. Of course, the word “fuck” shows up on over 2300 of our pages, so who the hell am I to talk?).

Finally, both I Watch Stuff and Filmdrunk took a more penis-centric angle. I Watch Stuff figured it was “only slightly more subtle than an arrow that says, ‘Hey, ladies, Johnny Depp’s crotch is in this!’ while the Filmdrunk guy blamed the poster for his own erection, writing: “I just meant I’m looking forward to it, and it happens to have hot dudes. I don’t even know why I said that. I think maybe there’s some subliminal shit going on with the poster. You tricked me into staring at Johnny Depp’s crotch again, Satan! I think I need to re-watch Fireproof a few more times.”

The winner in all this? Spout Blog, of course, because they managed to avoid writing about it all together.

It Sure is Pretty / Dustin Rowles

Industry | March 4, 2009 |

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