A while ago I asked my 6-year-old daughter to do something we usually don’t encourage in our household: to judge a book by its cover, but not figuratively; I had her do it literally. She lent her impressions on masterpieces such as The Great Gatbsy, Jane Eyre, and Steppenwolf to the amusement for many of you. And you know what? She was anxious to play our game again. She seems to not only enjoy helping mommy with her work, but likes this activity as a new family pastime. And why would I discourage a game involving interpretation, identification and examination?
This time we opted to take on movie posters, an art form that attempts to distill a 2-hour drama, comedy or epic into a composition of images that give clues to the story, the tone and the genre of the film — and makes you want to see the film in question.
I asked my 6-year-old image interpreter — who is unfamiliar with all the films — to tell me what she thought they were about. And no, I have no idea why she thinks about 20 percent of them are about detectives. Check out what she had to say about Apocalypse Now, Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, and more right here:
The Godfather 1 of 21
Silence of the Lambs 2 of 21
Midnight Cowboy 3 of 21"This is a black and white film that takes place where the horseys live. It doesn't look very interesting. Not very interesting, not very interesting, not very interesting. They are both not interesting. It's called 'Midnight Cowboy' because they only stay out at night. They could be vampires."
Photo Credit: Ice Poster
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2001: A Space Odyssey 4 of 21"It's about stormtroopers who live on earth. They aren't Star Wars stormtroppers but another kind of stormtropper. The story is about the main guy in the poster who is really smart and is trying to stop the stormtroopers from doing bad things."
Photo Credit: Strange Horizons
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Apocalypse Now 5 of 21"This movie is about a wizard in an apocalypse, I don't know what an apocalypse is, maybe it is a town? The story is about a good wizard and a bad wizard. The good wizard's the big one in the poster and the bad wizard is the one up in the corner, he is always mad. The apocalypse land is really pretty, all orange and pink."
Photo Credit: Hark
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The Exorcist 6 of 21
Fight Club 7 of 21"I think it looks more like a gum ad than a movie. But in this movie, I think it's about a special silly gum, gum that makes them fly. It's not a true story. The two guys chew gum all the time, but they are not friends. They are enemies. And the guy in the front has a club about gum but the other guy isn't allowed to join."
Photo Credit: Biblioteca de Filme
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Vertigo 8 of 21
Chinatown 9 of 21
Blade Runner 10 of 21
8 1/2 11 of 21"This movie is about a scientist guy who is building a home for rich women. It looks like it would be a really awkward movie. He is building a really big building for these rich fancy women and wacky things happen while he is building it. It's probably a comedy."
Photo Credit: Movie Poster
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Pulp Fiction 12 of 21"It's not a very old movies but it is trying to pretend that it is. I don't think I would like it. It looks weird. I don't think anyone would like it. This movie is about the girl in the poster, she's a detective, but not a very good detective. She spends a lot of time sitting in the front room of her house thinking and smoking. Not much happens in the movie. And smoking is really bad for you."
Photo Credit: Cross Fit Meridian
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Annie Hall 13 of 21"I think it's about cowgirl and a normal man who love each other and they are going to marry each other. After they get married they are going to go move to cowboy country. But the boy is used to the city life. They argue and try to find the best place to live."
Photo Credit: MoviePoster.com
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Big Lebowski 14 of 21
Touch of Evil 15 of 21
Elephant Man 16 of 21
Rear Window 17 of 21"I think it is Nancy Drewish. But it stars a boy and he is a detective, and the pretty blond lady is Nancy, she helps him solve the case. He is looking at the house. I think they live in Iowa. I don't know why but I think that is where they live."
Photo Credit: Movie Goods
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Raging Bull 18 of 21
Gone with the Wind 19 of 21
Casablanca 20 of 21
Alien 21 of 21
Image: by Sunny Chanel
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