Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Tale of Two Sisters

I don't know about you, but when I picture upscale urban life in the '70s, certain things come immediately to mind. Muted colors, perpetual cold, dead trees...and vaguely incestuous relationships.

That in mind, the poster for Douglas Buck's Sisters remake hits a conceptual home run, tagging all of the bases and even throwing in a cool, sparse font as a Crackerjack prize. Scratch off the words and you've got a haunting work of digitally doctored photography suitable for framing. I'm not even sure if Buck's version is a period piece or set in the present day, but regardless, it's an aesthetic leap from the original film's one-sheet, and arguably more in line with the story's subversive tone.

Pop appeal noted and aside, there's very little that's subversive about this tabloid screamer. I'd give it credit for the cracked-in-half title treatment hinting at the fractured familial dynamics explored in the movie, but this being a De Palma flick, it was probably just cribbed from Psycho.