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Movies are very much a visual medium. Though music and sound effects are
really important to the experience as well, let's face it, when you go
to the movies, the general term is "watching" the movie. Today, we honor
the movies that make the visual part of movie-going an experience
unlike any other. The movies that take us to fantastical places that
only the imagination and the power of film can dare take us to go. The
movies that create astonishing worlds that you can just absorb yourself
into, with their power and beauty. So without further ado, here are the
most visually stunning and beautiful movies of all time. So sit back,
relax, engage your eyeballs, and indulge yourself in this visual orgy of
beautiful looking films.--#10: Spirited Away (2001)If
you're making an animated film, you're gonna have to be a pretty d*mn
good artist if you want that animation to be truly noticed. Hayao
Miyazaki is a master of this. His style is the grand-daddy of Japanese
animation filled with exquisitely detailed environments, imaginative
character design, and vibrant colors, and Spirited Away is his
most accomplished work to date. With its strange creatures roaming its
spiritual world, the groundbreaking detail that each environment
contains from the tiniest grain of dirt to a single blade of grass, it's
a beauty to look at, and certainly one of the most gorgeous animated
films ever created.
Known mostly for music videos, director Tarsem Singh got his cinematic start with The Cell,
a movie that was both visually rich, and insanely disturbing, as it
took you into the mind of a serial killer, and you witness firsthand the
killer's S&M fantasies in great detail. Blegh. Either way, people
wanted to see what Tarsem could do with less disturbing subject matter,
and that result is The Fall. A visual freefall into the
imagination of a young child, as she visualizes a story being told to
her by a paralyzed man in the hospital. A pseudo-fairy-tale of a corrupt
governor and the quest of four heroes to vanquish his evil. Typical
storybook fare, but seen through this young girl's imagination, it's a
journey unlike any other. Tarsem's wildly self-indulgent film may be
short-handed story-wise, but it is a visual masterpiece. All of the
visuals come through the environment and the way he shoots it to make
everything look fantastical and surreal. Just like The Fountain, no CGI is used at all, except unlike The Fountain,
you just can't tell how the f*ck Tarsem was able to achieve his vision.
This is especially true in the scene involving the "Labyrinth of
Despair", which left me with my jaw firmly set on the floor. The movie
was apparently shot in 18 countries and 26 locations, it was funded
entirely by Tarsem himself, and the film hardly made anything at the box
office. Considering the insane amount of effort put into this film, and
witnessing the visual marvel that it is, it is worth checking out and
is available through Netflix Watch Instantly.
[Trailer Omitted Due To Pretty Much Spoiling The Entire Movie. Seriously, go see the movie for yourself]--Honorable MentionsThese
were all not included due to either me not seeing them yet despite
hearing about them, being visually stunning but in a disturbing sense,
or simply just not being as pretty as the other movies.
The CellAvatarAmelie8 1/2The Thin Red LinePan's LabyrinthWALL-EUpRequiem for a DreamThe White RibbonBig FishThe Science of SleepSynecdoche, New YorkBrazilTRONTRON: LegacyAkira Kurosawa's DreamsCoralineThe City of Lost ChildrenAcross the UniverseLost in Translation And others...--Well,
that's all for this list. Is there anything you agree/disagree with, or
are there any honorable mentions you would like to add? Please leave a comment. That's all for now.See ya next time, now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna see what getting high while watching What Dreams May Come would be like. The cooolooorrssss.....
Great blog the only one on this list that i've watched was Spirited Away though.
I would have put Titan A.E. in the Honorable Mentions but thats just me(I guess).
Accross the Universe is defietly up there on my favorite movie of all time. Great movie!
Really good list. The Fall sounds really interesting, and you reminded me that I have to be furious at myself for having not seen Spirited Away yet.
My two favorite films in this regard are The Nightmare Before Christmas (it's amazing to think that it's all physical objects) and Fantasia. Man, Fantasia: you want to talk about colors... I lost track of how many times I audibly said "wow" in the first twenty minutes.
I thought apocalypta was pretty nice to look at. And I'd also maybe add the final fantasy movie to the list, it's been awhile but I remember being stunned by it as a kid.
With my interest in Japanese, I agree with Spirited Away. But it also has fantastic, colorful, and just amazing animation. And Walking Life is one of those films that leaves you thinking. I haven't seen that movie in a while but one scene I remember was the "light switch".
Finally, somebody else who watched Waking Life!
always a good read enigma. gonna try to check out these movies on netflix. besides enter the void. couldn't get halfway through it. suuuch a boring middle.
Many of these movies are on my list of favorites. What Dreams May Come---I had the pleasure of seeing for the first time recently. I was thrilled by it. I also seem to be one of the few people that loved The Fountain. It was such an existentialist ride. Lastly, The Fall---I have been wanted to see this movie for a long time, but I cannot seem to find it anywhere.
Great blog I very much agree with spirited away. Also the other movies seem so beautiful
I think Sin City should have been on the honorable mentions list, perhaps even 300. I'm just glad to see I'm not the only person who recognizes the greatness that is Waking Life.
Also I think Beetlejuice and pretty much any Tim Burton film could be on the honorable mentions. His style may be a little predictable now, but he does some fantastic things with sets and costumes...
Nice list, but Schindler's List, The Last Emperor, and Apocalypse Now deserve to be mentioned in your honorable mentions list. Also, I would include Apocalypto in your list if I were you. It's quite a visually superb epic film with uniquely outstanding costumes and makeup. And I'm very impressed with set design they made, and no CGI has been used. They have done very well. Despite of what I think of Mel Gibson as a man, he also has done very good job as director.
Fascinating list. For what it's worth, I took a look at how the critics dug the movies. Sad fact: smashing visuals and gorgeous set pieces can't make up for a weak story (*coughcough*The Fall*coughcough*). I'm also surprised Spirited Away is so low (unless this is more of a showcase than a straight up "top 10"). Regardless, I need to see these movies now. Good list, dude.
Actually, Christopher Nolan came up with Inception before 2001, proposing the original idea to Warner Bros in 2001. So... Inception was still possibly the first to come up with the idea of dreams within a dream.
Great list! Tron also has some stunning visuals.