Movie Poster Mathness – Troy + Beowulf = ?

Troy + Beowulf = Ponnar Shankar. Shame on the one claiming to have “dee-gyned” the posters for the movie.

Exhibit A: Animated Ray Winstone + Eric Bana = Prashanth Thiagarajan. I love the text in the background abruptly disappearing when it encounters Blue “Beowulf” Prashanth.

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This movie is the gift that keeps on giving.

Exhibit B

Emperor Naresuan the Great of Thailand (One of Thailand’s biggest budget films) gets the Face-Off treatment – Prashanth ends up looking weird with that hairstyle. The Horror! The Horror!

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Truly Inspired. Now, to conquer my fears and watch Ponnar Shankar, the movie – dubbed in Hindi.

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Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 16 – Ai – Shankar’s Movie

Call it plagiarism. Call it channelizing. Call it repurposing. Looks like a lazy bit of recycling.

The teaser for Shankar’s Ai leaves you with a “Where have I seen this before?” feeling.

I can evn go to the extent of ignoring the Rohit Shetty Physics , the weird Trans-SheHumanoid-Former bike and the Hobbit feet surplus from Weta.

The Hunchback in 300 (Ephialtes of Trachis) and Vikram’s character in Ai look eerily similar.

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Then, we have something which looks like a Kollywood “Semma Mass” version of  Maurice Sendak’s Where the wild things are.

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Tsk! Tsk!

Why can’t Shankar’s characters be as memorable and as original as his song picturisations?

 

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Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 15 – Cell Phone – Tamil Movie

Every once in a while, I get to see a shameless rip-off which just gets me to add a new post on this blog which is full of cobwebs.

I absolutely love it when lazy creatives tweak classy originals to come up with derivative works and call them their own.

This one is a re-use of the poster for a 2010 movie “In My Sleep“. The Synopsis for In My Sleep from IMDB

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, Marcus struggles with parasomnia, a sleepwalking disorder that causes him to do things in his sleep that he cannot remember the next day. When he wakes up with blood on his hands and a knife at his side, he is startled to hear that a close friend has been found stabbed to death. Marcus frantically tries to put the pieces together could he have murdered his friend while sleepwalking to hide a dark secret between them?

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That explains the knife, fetal position, blood splotches, boxers & the wrinkle effect  (of his bed spread).

The Tamil movie is very imaginatively titled Cellphone … or was it Cellbone. What cleared up the confusion was the killer of a tagline: Unknown Number. So, it was unlikely to be one of the 206 bones.

The Art Director has just borrowed the poster from In My Sleep and added a brown, earthy tint.  He obviously chopped off the bottom part from the original so that he could accommodate the 10-15 people whose names and educational qualifications needed to be on the poster.

I am curious to see what this poster has to do with the story of the movie Cell Phone.  My money is on the art director subtitling the poster, in a Magrittesque twist, with “This is not a knife – (but a cell phone)“.

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 13 – Akshay Kumar’s Rowdy Rathore & Khiladi 786

There is very little difference between the posters showing the fist here – hand-drawn with Moustache and shaven with sunglasses.

And what is it with creative agencies wanting Akshay to burst out of every poster. Seriously.

Well, You burst on the scene already a legend, the unwashed phenomenon, the original vagabond (Apologies to Joan Baez)

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