With another Christmas marked off of the calendar, many people are spending the day traveling, whether packed into a commuter plane, road-tripping back home, or maybe even using some sort of wormhole-based teleportation device. And sure, I’m sure most of the travelers out there have only one destination in mind — home — you might want to consider taking a detour to some of the world’s more exciting locations. Oh, but they’re also fictional. Should I have mentioned that first?
These snazzy retro-style travel posters are the work of artist Justin Van Genderen, part of a project he calls “location . location . location.” The films referenced in the series range from old classics like Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia to more recent fare such as The Avengers and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. In addition to that latter one, he has several other science fiction films included in the bunch, and we’re highlighting them here.
I love the color scheme and instant recognizability of the WALL-E one up top, but I think I love the Looper one above best of all, simply because it doesn’t explicitly tie itself to Rian Johnson’s excellent time travel flick. If you get it, you get it immediately, but if you don’t, you may be scratching your head for hours trying to figure out why it looks familiar.
My second favorite has to be the one for Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca, simply because it’s one of my favorite science fiction movies of all time. Plus, it’s one of those little classics that never seems to get the recognition it deserves. But now I’m really annoyed that Gattaca isn’t available on Netflix Instant.
Naturally, Star Trek is represented, although if he wanted to riff on Abrams’ reboot, surely he could have found a better scene to recreate than the whole “Why are they building a starship at the bottom of a gravity well?” thing. Vulcan’s poster is nice, albeit a lot more generic than the other posters.
And with comic-book movies being all the rage these days, of course Van Genderen has to tip his hat to those, inviting us all to take an exciting trip to Tony Stark’s digs or Clark Kent’s home state.