Just as the 2014 cinema landscape was home to some unmitigated brilliance and some unmitigated shit (including the unmitigated most shit), so too were the year’s movie posters a vast array of blue and orange, bad Photoshopping (but no Christmas sweaters), and the blood, sweat, and tears of poor, unpaid graphic design interns.
And hey—there was some good stuff, too! Never let it be said that I am solely a cynical, heartless bitch who feeds off bad vibes. I like liking things! To that end, let’s start with the 11 best posters of 2014.
Somehow, this movie—about a werewolf cop, which you never saw coming—completely passed me by when it came out this summer. I feel ashamed.
An excellent poster for an excellent movie. The premise: It’s a dark, dark comedy about a guy seeking revenge for the death of his family, only he’s really bad at it. Charles Bronson he ain’t. It’s on Netflix Instant. Go watch.
This poster perfect encapsulates the movie it’s for—nay, the entire oeuvre of Wes Anderson. It’s simple, it’s striking, it’s symmetrical.
Now, I am of the mind that John Wick could have used more Keanu Reeves ass kicking—I don’t need 30 minutes of setup about the fridged wife. She’s the fridged wife. That’s all I need to know. I get the trope. Start killing people.—but this poster is… wait for it… the bomb.
This retro newsprint style is a perfect fit for Nightcrawler. Jake G almost appeared on this list twice, because I really like this poster for Enemy.
Getting away from the artsy-fartsyness for a bit, we have this poster for The Interview. I have no clue if I’m going to like the movie, but I know I like what I’m seeing here. We need more original designs like this, instead of designers playing a game of “How many floating heads can I fit into one rectangle?”
HHHHHNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG. Absolute favorite.
Most people I’ve talked to about The Purge: Anarchy, which I have not yet seen, said it was a good idea bungled in execution. (Except one friend, who really liked it for reasons that boil down to “Frank Grillo beats people up!,” which I can respect.) This poster, however, is a good idea executed well.
I feel like no one really saw this low-budget Hammer horror film starring Sam Claflin and Jared Harris, but no matter how thoroughly unmemorable it may be, it sure as hell delivered on the poster front.
I want to stare at this for days.
In fact, all the Gone Girl posters killed it, potential-psychopath-Ben-Affleck-style. I particularly like the news scroll, which reminds me of the sidebar in the poster for Fincher’s The Social Network.
OK, kids, the positivity is over. Here are the 10 worst movie posters of the year.
Geez, I wonder why Sony hates Adam Sandler so much?
Shailene Woodley plays the main character in Divergent, the special snowflake filling in the YA enchilada, and yet the main poster, the one that was plastered on buses and on movie theaters and in subways, relegated her to T&A status. Take butt pose and shoot it into the sun.
This is some overexposed, first year design student bullshit. I could forgive it if it were a parody, but no, this is for a real movie. A real, direct-to-DVD movie.
Whose idea was it to make Dumb and Dumber To posters parodying Lucy, and where can I find them to thank them by gifting them with a swift kick in the crotch?
You probably didn’t know this movie existed before now. I apologize.
Why do you want to hurt my eyes like this? Tone it down. Jesus. I shouldn’t need to wear sunglasses when looking at a movie poster.
NOT. EVEN. ONCE.
I’m not sure what’s worse: the dirty, washed-out sepia tone, like we’re looking at this poster through a lens covered in a fine layer of piss, or Joe Manganiello’s cornrows. Olivia Williams looks like she wandered into the wrong poster and is trying to figure out how to leave without making it weird. Escape, Olivia! You are better than this!
A fitting poster for the worst movie ever.
I almost gave this to Left Behind’s infamous Satan poster, but it was so stupid that it did what it was supposed to do, which is get people talking about the movie. I can’t see why anyone would be interested in Nicolas Cage’s face Photoshopped to look like a lumpy potato.
The level of shitteousness on display here may be pretty mild compared to some of the other posters on this list, but it still makes me want to cry. If you’re going to cram 158 dozen characters into one poster, at least try to make them look like they all could conceivably have been standing in the same physical space. Make an attempt.
And finally, one Days of Future Past poster that I just can’t make a call on:
Professor X is propelling himself into the air with the power of a flaming fart. What do you even do with that?