Posterized Propaganda January 2022: The Top 10 Movie Posters of 2021

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column (with a special year-end retrospective today) focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably. If my shortlist for this piece is any indication, Hollywood adjusted to COVID just fine. I’ve put aside an average of 60-70 posters every…

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REVIEW: Babardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc [Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn] [2021]

It’s never anyone’s fault. Did Emilia (Katia Pascariu) and Eugen (Stefan Steel, although we see little beyond his penis) purposefully upload the sex tape that opens Radu Jude‘s bold satire Babardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc [Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn]? I think we should assume they did. That doesn’t, however, mean they meant for it to be circulated beyond the niche fetish site to which it published. She’s a respected history teacher at a prestigious middle school and thus beholden to certain morality clauses that would deem pornographic…

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