Thursday, July 28, 2011

THE SCHOOL OF TODD SOLONDZ: MOVIE POSTER DESIGNS

I've said it before and I'll say it again; Todd Solondz is the most underrated and influential modern American director working in independent film today. I pretty much summed it up in my previous Todd Solondz blog (*WHICH YOU CAN READ RIGHT HERE*), but I'd like to take it a step further. I was browsing mubi.com's "movie posters of the week" section and I couldn't help but notice that a lot of the posters looked like Todd Solondz' movie posters from the 1990's through today (welcome to the dollhouse & happiness to be exact). But of course no one ever wants to give Solondz the respect he deserves and I feel like I'm the only one who notices this shit. Its one thing to completely steal from his movie making style and take the common themes from his films and pass them off as your own (make sure you read that blog i did), but copying his poster designs is just taking it to a whole other level. I mean jesus christ, someone get Todd Solondz a good lawyer so he can start collecting royalties off these copycats.
Below are 4 movie posters from Todd Solondz' filmography minus 'Storytelling' (Welcome To The Dollhouse, Happiness, Palindromes and Life During Wartime). Then below those we have movie posters from various "indie" American films from over the years ranging from Napoleon Dynamite to Juno. I know most of these aren't EXACT copies (although some are pretty damn close), and I'm aware that Daniel Clowes did the artwork for both; 'Happiness', 'Art School Confidential' and 'Savages', but i think you guys know what I'm getting at. The colors, the cartoonish designs, the font selection, etc. 

I dunno, judge for yourselves...

Welcome To The Dollhouse (1996)

Happiness (1998)

Palindromes (2004)

Life During Wartime (2009)

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Junebug (2005)

Junno (2006)

Art School Confidential (2006)

American Splendor (2003)

American Teen (2008)


I love You Beth Cooper (2009)

Lars & The Real Girl (2007)

The Squid & The Whale (2006)

Year Of The Dog (2006)

No Impact Man (2009)

Eagles vs. Sharks (2007)

Prom Wars (2008)
Savages (2007)
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