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These two posters for Jack the Giant Slayer and Side Effects respectively feature a big stone face and stellar promotional design

Dec. 12, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Two posters, two markedly different movies, two strangely accurate ways to tie these to films together.  A side effect of giant slaying can be death (and other such painful results), whilst the struggle to surmount the side effects of prescription medication (and/or an addiction to said medication) can be as painful and terrifying as an attempt to slay a giant.  Funny how that works out, despite these films being so disparate.

Or maybe I'm just reaching.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, Bryan Singer's last bow before his return to the world of mutants, once again elects to sidestep the idea of putting any of the titular giants on its promotional art in favor of demonstrating their scale in a different way.  In case you didn't catch the latest trailer, what you're seeing below is Jack himself in the mouth of one of the many massive stone faces that litter the rim of the giants' realm. 

The poster is obviously attempting to sell audiences on both the ancient, mythical strangeness of Jack's adventure and the scale in which it will be enacted - but does it work?

If you're hoping to hunt down JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, then make sure to mark March 1st on your calendar.

Jack the Giant Slayer statue poster

And on the other side of the scale is the new poster for what is (in theory) Steven Soderbergh's last feature film bow (he has HBO's BEHIND THE CANDELABRA still to come), and it's a refreshing slice of simple effectiveness. 

The combination of the arresting ROSEMARY'S BABY-style photo in the top half and the subject matter-inspired text in the lower half works wonders, showing people at once what the film deals with while still capturing their attention through Rooney Mara's haunted stare.  While I am firmly entrenched in the belief that she absolutely should have won an Oscar last year, I take some small comfort in the fact that SIDE EFFECTS looks for all intents and purposes to be the start of a long post-nomination run of quality work from the young actress.

You can catch SIDE EFFECTS on February 8th.

Side Effects red poster

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10:10AM on 12/12/2012
Kudos to whoever designed the Side Effects poster. So simple yet so effective.
Kudos to whoever designed the Side Effects poster. So simple yet so effective.
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2:32PM on 12/12/2012

Jeez

How long can Singer ride on the the success of X-Men? I enjoy his work (Xmen 1 & 2, Superman Returns) but isn't there a statute of limitations? :)
How long can Singer ride on the the success of X-Men? I enjoy his work (Xmen 1 & 2, Superman Returns) but isn't there a statute of limitations? :)
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6:18PM on 12/12/2012
Probably only because nobody was willing to write "Director of Superman Returns" on the poster.
Probably only because nobody was willing to write "Director of Superman Returns" on the poster.
9:16AM on 12/12/2012
Side Effects poster is brilliant. I love original design like that.

TIDBIT: Tossup between THE LIMEY and THE GOOD GERMAN.
Side Effects poster is brilliant. I love original design like that.

TIDBIT: Tossup between THE LIMEY and THE GOOD GERMAN.
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8:17AM on 12/12/2012
Love Side Effects poster.
Love Side Effects poster.
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11:14AM on 12/12/2012
The Side Effects poster looks like a bit of a throwback to old-school 70s film posters, in a really good way. Very cool. Great to see Scott Z Burns writing for Soderbergh again; Contagion was riveting.
The Side Effects poster looks like a bit of a throwback to old-school 70s film posters, in a really good way. Very cool. Great to see Scott Z Burns writing for Soderbergh again; Contagion was riveting.
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10:59AM on 12/12/2012
Rooney is so cute. Great posters.
Rooney is so cute. Great posters.
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10:41AM on 12/12/2012
I want that Side Effects poster.

My favorite Soderbergh is probably a toss-up between Out of Sight and Traffic.
I want that Side Effects poster.

My favorite Soderbergh is probably a toss-up between Out of Sight and Traffic.
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9:55PM on 12/12/2012

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Top three Sodies for me: The Informant!, Haywire and Solaris. The guy's been on fire lately, and his cinematography keeps getting better. Can't wait for Side Effects. Great poster.
Top three Sodies for me: The Informant!, Haywire and Solaris. The guy's been on fire lately, and his cinematography keeps getting better. Can't wait for Side Effects. Great poster.
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12:54PM on 12/13/2012

Wow that Side Effects poster is really original

They took a frame from the movie and put words on it
They took a frame from the movie and put words on it
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