Another year is down with another set of great film prints that help showcase their respective films perfectly. Whilst there is always a plethora of film prints out there to choose from, these are my ten (and a couple of honourable homages as well) favourite film prints of the year.
Artist Josh Keyes doesn’t usually do film related art work, which is why it’s great to see his hermit crab series get hijacked by the man in black, Darth Vader, with Sandcrawler.
Now, for the list…
10. Feast by Dave Perillo
The short film that played before Big Hero 6 has stuck with me for a while mostly because it’s a heart warming story about rescuing a dog. Perillo captures that joy of having a rescue dog in your life in a short few panels.
9. Gremlins 2: The New Batch by Rhys Cooper
Years ago, Aussie artist Rhys Cooper created a kick as Gremlins poster that captured the madness of the original film. Six years later, he knocks it out of the park again capturing all the insane, over the top characters in the equally insane sequel. The variant even includes a glow in the dark electric Gremlin.
8. Bruce by Jason Edmiston
I am not a fan of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. It’s a great film, don’t get me wrong, but its legacy has tarnished what it is for me. However, that doesn’t stop me from loving one of the most talented guys out there, Jason Edmiston, and his portrait of Bruce the shark for his Eyes Without A Face show (seriously, check out the sketches and final products, it’s insane).
7. Annie Hall by Anne Benjamin
I wasn’t aware of artist Anne Benjamin prior to this year. But, with the arrival of her Annie Hall print, she’s now an artist on my ‘must watch’ list. This perfect print captures the characters in Annie Hall perfectly – Annie herself, Alvy and New York.
6. Jurassic Park by Rich Kelly
To celebrate the release of Jurassic World, Mondo gallery in Austin, Texas did a show dedicated to the dinosaur series. Whilst a lot of that work was great, the piece that stole the show for me was Rich Kelly’s depiction of one of the most iconic scenes from the original film. The display of the raptors here is simply perfect, and the title itself adds some very welcome depth to the print.
5. The Fall by Ise Ananphada
Holy moly did Ise Ananphada come out of nowhere. Wowing everybody with her Grand Budapest Hotel print, she then followed up that effort with a sublime print for Tarsem’s The Fall. Capturing the wonder and mysticism of that film perfectly, Ananphada has skyrocketed to becoming one of the ‘must watch artists of 2016’.
4. Eyes Without A Face by JS Rossbach
High on the list of ‘films I wish there were a print for’ was the perfect horror film, Eyes Without A Face. Low and behold, along comes JS Rossbach with a simply perfect print that captures the creepiness, the youth, the innocence of the French classic.
3. Crimson Peak by Daniel Danger
I don’t have much more to add for the perfect print for a gothic romance other than what Daniel Danger has already said about it in his Birth.Movies.Death interview.
2. Mulholland Drive by Kevin Tong
I’ve always admired Kevin Tong’s work – he’s created some great images throughout his many years, but with his Mulholland Drive print he’s created possibly the finest film print he’s ever done. No print captures the darkness of David Lynch’s masterpiece whilst also capturing the hope of that film as well better than what Kevin Tong has done here.
1. Dr Strangelove by Tomer Hanuka
The first time I saw this print online, my jaw dropped. Not only is Tomer Hanuka one of the most exciting and impressive artists working right now, he’s also one of the most consistently brilliant artists as well. His Dr Strangelove print is possibly the finest work he’s done (which says a lot when you look over his output) which displays the absurdity of the Kubrick classic perfectly.
And that’s it! Do you have a favourite film print from this year? If so, let me know in the comments below. Or maybe there was a theatrical poster that did the job for you as well – if so, what was that and why?