Friday, May 31, 2013

Two year anniversary

Wow, another 12 months has gone already? Apparently so. Thanks again for everyone who reads this blog, I love reading your comments. Apologies I've posted so few reviews this year. I'm going to try and get ahead this weekend so I can get back to some regularity again.

As a stop gap, here's a few bits and pieces that I want to share with you guys.

Copycat DVD covers

My very first post for this blog was about growing phenomenon of film companies getting graphic designers to go back and redesign the covers for old movies. Turns out that two years on this process is still rampant. Check out these confusing covers.

I think just about every vampire movies ever made has now had their covers redesigned to look like Twilight but I found Kathryn Bigalow's Near Dark to be the most offensive. Those films are complete polar opposites.
Next up is Francis Ford Coppola's dull 1974 adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Obviously the designer was too worried about making the poster look like the recent Baz Lurhmann version so instead they ripped off the designer of the Oscar-winning The Artist!
Finally, this one is definitely my favourite, Midnight at St Petersburg was a 1995 TV movie sequel to Caine's classic 1960s Harry Palmer spy movies. "Hey Michael, Matt Damon just called. He wants his body back!"

My Favourite Behind the Scenes Photos

I love looking at old behind the scenes pics. Seeing actors with their guards down, seeing how effects wee made. Here's just a few of my favourites.

John Milius instructing Arnold Schwarzenegger how to look tough.

Holy cow! The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was just a guy in a suit?

Turns out filming Psycho was actually a lot of fun!


  1. Congrats on your two year anniversary! Love that pic of the marsmallow man! That thing they do with the covers sucks, the original posters are always better, why do they think that fucking up the original poster is going to make us buy the movie more? I think it's the other way around! Those new covers make me NOT want to buy it.

  2. Congratulations on the two year anniversary! My blog's two year anniversary is actually coming up in a few weeks.

  3. Thanks Franco! Yeah, botched photoshop covers are a big pet peeve of mine. Have you seen some of the re-issue DVDs Scream Factory are doing? Now those good.

    Hey Chris, yeah, we started around the same time didn't we? Lobe reading your blog. Keep up the reviews.

  4. Those BTS photos are fantastic! Congratulations on two years of writing!

  5. Cheers Doug, got some animated Batman reviews coming up soon that I think you'll like.

  6. That Near Dark cover is sooooo embarassing. Although, I'd love to see the look on the 12 year old girl's face who watches it thinking it's a Twilight flick though.

    Congrats on the anniversary!

  7. Haha! Yeah, I guess that's the positive side of all this Twilight fever. Maybe some fans might stumbled upon some actual... you know... GOOD vampire movies.

  8. Congratulations on the 2 year anniversary! Keep em' coming. Love reading your write-ups!

    Also killer post. That is criminal what they did to Near Dark!

    1. Yeah, I think I'll be reviewing Near Dark soon. Just watched it again the other day.