Once in a while, a poster reminds you of a bunch of things. You cannot put your finger on what. The poster of the Anthony Hopkins movie The Rite did that to me.
Vermeer was one of the greatest Dutch masters of the 17th Century. Like Caravaggio, the name Vermeer induces deep respect. What is to be remembered is that his works were “rediscovered” after critical re-assessments made him out to be the unsung genius.
His body of work numbers just 35 paintings and that in Canvas years is merely a handful. But the number of artists, writers, film-makers & composers who have been obsessed with him & his life in Delft is stunning.
Edward Hopper’s Morning in a City borrows its visual language from Vermeer’s A Girl reading a letter by an Open Window. The window in a corner is omnipresent in many of Vermeer’s works and is a device borrowed from Pieter de Hooch’s works
Tom Hunter, a British Photographer who creates vignettes based on famous paintings has captured the somber mood of Vermeer perfectly in his Woman reading a Possession Order. Tom Hunter’s own take on the photo.
Jonathan Janson is the author of the book “How to paint your own Vermeer” and is also a successful artist. His version of the same painting has a “Young Woman reading Glamour” Magazine
And finally, the Variants of the painting by none other than Vermeer himself!
You normally see a few jokes here and there in Tamil movies.
A reasonably intelligent movie like Chennai 600028 trips on Chandramukhi
Venkat Prabhu’s own Saroja trips on Chennai 28
But, this movie, as described by the director is possibly Kollywood’s answer to Scary Movie, Hot Shots & Naked Gun.
Says Dhayanidhi, “Tamil Padam is the first ever full length spoof film in Tamil. The story is a humorous take on the predictable Tamil formula films.”
CS Amudham the director of the film says: “ In Hollywood the spoof is a popular genre and there has been films like ‘Scary Movie’ a spoof on horror films. Similarly we are spoofing the Tamil mass film. You will laugh your guts out. In short it’s celebration of Tamil cinema.”
Everything I have seen and heard so far is mega-spoofy. The director, C S Amudhan has an ad agency called Winds of Change which does Outdoor (Hoardings, Banners, etc). Pulli Raja, Prime Roaster and those atrocious Fitness One ads were all his creations… So, it figures.
Take the Soundtrack. The song “O Maha Zeeya” is one great spoof of all the nonsense which goes on in the name of lyrics in a lot of Harris Jeyaraj songs… The title refers to the gibberish heard at the start of “Uyirin Uyire” in Kaakka Kaakka
Spoofs in the O Maha zeeya song (or This)
Uyirin Uyire– Kaakka Kaakka
Hasili Fisili – Aadhavan
Randakka – Anniyan
Naakka Mukka – Kaadhalil Vizhundhen
Dailamo Dailamo – Dishum Dishum
Balailaka – Sivaji
Ohi lohi mahi lohi ya – Beema
Osaka Muraiya – Alli Arjuna (Rahman’s One 2 ka 4)
Shakalakka – Mudhalvan
Ullahi ullahi – Lesa Lesa
And the best one .. Laalaakku Dol Dappimma – Suriyan
Spoofs in the Trailer (or This )
Absurd Action packed Vijay Intro Sequences (Camera from Top in this case)
Dasavatharam (The US President and all)
Nayagan (Inime appadithaan with Nayagan theme in the background)
Boys (4 pairs of legs dangling from a wall)
Sivaji (2 hand signing)
Billa (cooling glass scene)
Run (subway sequence)
Kaaka Kaaka (aerial shot)
And the coolest : The town is called Cinema Patti… How cool is that!!
Spoofs in Movie Stills
In addition to the movies mentioned above,
Roja (The couple inside the same sweater)
Annamalai (The brown suit and low camera angles)
Uyire (The mail poster)
Sathya (The hospital sequence)
Baba (trips on the Baba mudra)
Enga Ooru Paattukaaran’s Senbagame (Image, Video) and the Poster . (Ramarajan is just awesome fun as he is trying to sing when he is busy milking the cow (See this to believe it) . Shanthipriya coyly watches the sequence (Guffaw!)
Pre-Release Concept Posters
The first one which came out talked about the movie not being a “Different one”
One more poster of the movie takes Gap10’s trip by using the MS font Jokerman (LOL) and says a sorry before that by asking for the only word in tamil which Gap10 does not like
One is a preachy Gap10 kind of dialogue referencing Gandhiji, etc and at the same time referring to tons of Punch Dialogues
One features the 10 commandments of Tamil cinema (Commandment 9 is Thou Shall single-handedly take on & eradicate all the evil in the world and commandment 10 is Thou shall have a six-pack) … There are some really nice differences between the Tamil & English versions.
Enjoy all the posters at one place!
One of the most Iconic Genre-defining Books of all time is Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. It heralded the arrival of the Non-fiction Novel.
The 1967 Movie Version of this book has a unique poster. The eyes in the movie poster are actually those of the real-life killers Dick Hickock & Perry Smith (and not of the actors).
The 2007 Film An American Crime is based on the real life murder of Gertrude Baniszewski, a housewife. So, aptly, the poster pays a tribute to In Cold Blood.
6 Quick Side By Side comparisons of Original Movie Poster and the Homage
This movie was supposed to be a take-off on Indie movies on the lines of Scary Movie, etc. The movie failed miserably and I guess even the film’s crew refused to buy tickets.
The good part is that they came out with 8 Posters – each one spoofing a famous Indie movie Poster – My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Clerks, Secretary, Amelie, Memento, The Good Girl, Swingers and Reservoir Dogs.
1. Creation of Adam Vs E.T & Bruce Almighty
Some Trivia on the E.T poster: This poster idea had been suggested by Steven Spielberg and who was inspired by Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. John Alvin, who can be called one of the Greatest Movie Poster Artists, used his daughter, Farah Alvin, as the human hand model.
You can also see a few other “inspired images”.
2. Moses Vs Ten Commandments
This is not so much of an “inspiration”… But, IMDB states
“Charlton Heston was chosen for the role of Moses by Cecil B. DeMille because he bore a resemblance to Michelangelo’s statue of Moses in Rome.”
I have seen some movie poster resembling La Pieta, but am not able to recollect it.