“Did you have a good world when you died? Enough to base a movie on?”

– James Douglas Morrison

Every few years a film is released that is generation-defining. It stands as a testament to the times it was made in as well as the mindset of the masses.  The best of these carry a universal message that holds true even decades after the film is released.

This series revolves around the modern cinematic masterpieces of this generation. Although we may be bombarded with blockbuster films all year round, a true cinephile can spot the diamonds in the rough. While perhaps not the greatest commercial successes, these films are groundbreaking and their cult status has been cemented. These films have also served as vehicles for some of the finest actors of our time.

The films have been done in the psychedelic poster style made famous by the 1960’s love generation. As this is a modern take on the style, the term I use for this is New Age Psychedelia, not to be confused with the music genre Neo-Psychedelia.

Don’t forget to use your third eye to find the hidden message/image in each poster!

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Moon

“Moon is a potent provocation that relies on ideas instead of computer tricks to stir up excitement.”
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.

Drive

“Few actors working today could make emotional sense of such a protean character, but Ryan Gosling does so with calm authority. He’s a formidable presence in a film that grabs your gaze and won’t let go except for moments when you can’t help but look away.”
– Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

Nightcrawler

“There’s tremendous social and moral texture throughout the drama, but the socio-economic commentary of the movie is fabric, not heavy handed accessory. And the provocative ethical breaches-savage and scathing in the latter half-give the movie its delectable and wicked bite.”
-Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.