50 behind the scenes photos and a poster gallery from the original Robocop

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“RoboCop is mostly about the idiocy of American television. These kind of people that flip-flop between extreme sadness, and fun, and a commercial. I always thought that RoboCop was my reaction to being thrown into American society, and looking around with wide eyes, thinking ‘this is completely crazy.'”- Paul Verhoeven, from a 2002 interview with Neil Young’s Film Lounge

Today’s release of Sony’s Robocop remake seems as good a time as any to revisit Paul Verhoeven’s original violent sci-fi satire. Though set in Detroit – a city proud enough of that distinction to raise a giant RoboCop statue – the film was shot largely in Dallas on a semi-modest budget of $13 million. According to RoboCop co-writer Ed Neumeier, early permutations of the project included Michael Ironside as the titular hero and Lewis Teague as director (Teague passed to instead helm the sequel Jewel of the Nile). Continue Reading ›

The first RoboCop trailer: less violence, less satire, more Michael Keaton

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The first trailer for the PG-13 rated reboot of RoboCop is available here and appears to have little in common with Paul Verhoeven’s violently dystopic and profanely satirical 1987 original.

However, because the remake comes from the director of the well-regarded Brazilian crime thriller Elide Squad: The Enemy Within and features an oddball cast including Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Jay Baruchel, I’m going to try to stay optimistic.

And in the spirit of blind optimism, below I’ve presented an easy to play game. The goal – figure out which of the following images come from the new RoboCop trailer….and which don’t. Good luck.
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Faux-VHS cover art for the Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive

Drive VHS sleeve

Graphic designer James White put together this imaginary VHS cover art for director Nicolas Winding Refn’s instant cult classic Drive. Below are a few additional examples of White’s work. To see more, visit White’s website.

CORRECTION: The original Drive poster design featured above is the work of James White, however the VHS mock-up of that design was put together by Canadian artist Nicolas Girard.

No Country for Old Men (James White)

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