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Movie Poster of the Week: The Top 10 Favorite Posters of Nathan Gelgud

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A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Nathan Gelgud, an artist who has brought a wry comic book charm to the world of cinephilia. It seemed only natural that I should find out more about the art that has influenced him and so I asked him to select his personal top ten favorite movie posters. He was more than up for the challenge and decided to narrow the field to illustrated posters, which makes perfect sense. Here are his ten favorites, in no special order.1. (Above) Us one sheet for Five on the Black Hand Side (Oscar Williams, USA, 1973). Artist: Jack Davis.I love all the accouterments on the main figure—the hat, the cigar, the umbrella, suitcase, those things that go over the shoes. But even better is the way Davis has arranged all the characters around him, the way the jumping guy’s arm joins with the guy
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Michel Gondry on Superhero Movies, Masturbation and Paris Attacks

It feels wrong to say that the man responsible for something as achingly tender as the high-concept romantic masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is only getting personal with his work now. And yet, French director Michel Gondry's new comic adventure Microbe and Gasoline may just might be the wizard of whimsy's most intimate picture to date. Drawing on his own experiences as a Gallic grade-school hooligan tinkering with homemade contraptions, he's filtered his memories of childhood into a buddy comedy that bridges the gap between how it happened,
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Diane Kurys's Domestic Drama For a Woman Tests Marital Bonds

Diane Kurys's Domestic Drama For a Woman Tests Marital Bonds
For a Woman continues French writer-director Diane Kurys's career-long interest in autobiography. Kurys started out as an actress in the '70s, but hasn't returned to performing since directing 1977's Peppermint Soda.

Rather, she’s crafted intimate domestic dramas -- most of them, like her Oscar-nominated Entre Nous (1983), set in the past -- that draw on her recollections of her family life.

For a Woman boasts a sloppy, 1980s-set framing device, which presents a Kurys surrogate (Sylvie Testud) diving into family photographs and heirlooms in the wake of her mother's death. Her discoveries in those documents lead into the main narrative, which takes place in Lyon immediately post-wwii.

Like Kurys's own parents, the Russian-Jewish couple at ...
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Submarine plumbs the depths of self-satisfaction

Nostalgic coming-of-age films feed our need to delude ourselves about the way we were

For his first feature, the NME-dubbed "coolest man in London" gives us an already acclaimed portrayal of adolescence in south Wales. You might reasonably have expected something funny, touching and perceptive, and at least according to its fans, Submarine is all of these things. You might also have hoped for a bit of insight into life on the threshold of adulthood in today's fretful Britain. Yet mobiles and iPods are mysteriously absent. In their place, we get record-players, tape-decks, typewriters and duffle-coats.

Director Richard Ayoade says of his film, "The idea was that it shouldn't be set in a particular time-frame." Still, Crocodile Dundee is on at the flicks, and that had its UK release in December 1986, which fits pretty much with the Thatcher-age props. This commandeering of the immediately pre-internet era reflects a strange penchant of the coming-of-age genre.
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