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What is the most visual movie you have seen?

Asked by ARE_you_kidding_me (6578 points ) January 22nd, 2014

What movie stunned you with it’s visual artistry? I’m not just talking about special effects but film as an art?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Disney’s Fantasia.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Paul Schrader’s Mishima

cookieman's avatar

Akira
At the time, the animation was groundbreaking, as Fantasia was for its time.

A Walk in the Clouds
A crap Keanau Reeves movie with amazing cinematography

What Dreams May Come
A crap Robin Williams move with beautiful visual effects.

King Kong
A marvel in DIY special effects. They projected tiny images onto stretched out condoms to show scale between Fay Ray and Kong (a guy in a suit).

Blade Runner
A distopian future never looked so good.

AI
A gorgeous, if mind numbing movie started by Stanley Kubrick and finished by Steven Spielberg — some 30 years later. The movie felt about that long, but was beautiful.

Smitha's avatar

What Dreams May Come, Sunshine, The Wizard of Oz.

cookieman's avatar

@Smitha: Good call on the Wizard of Oz. We take it for granted now, but can you imagine being in the theater when it was first released when, all of a sudden, everything is in color!!! Your mind would have been blown.

filmfann's avatar

Blade Runner

The Life of Pi

Lawrence of Arabia

2001: A Space Odyssey

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

2001, now that was a game changer!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Also, Gone With the Wind, The Lion King, and Avatar made an impression on me.

Pachy's avatar

“Altered States” and “A.I.” are certainly on my list, and coincidentally, though they were made years apart, both co-starred William Hurt.

zenvelo's avatar

Gran Prix in full Cinemascope. Also, Woodstock.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The car chase in Bullit is pretty good too. Not artistic but totally an adrenaline rush.

Seek's avatar

Hard to say just one…

Here’s a list:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Fountain
THX 1138
The Matrix
Donnie Darko
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Coraline
A Scanner Darkly
Children of Men
Oldboy
Trainspotting
Requiem for a Dream
A Clockwork Orange

That should keep you busy for a while.

funkdaddy's avatar

One I didn’t see mentioned that surprised me was Kill Bill – the scene in the snow especially jumped out.

Some other portions were hit and miss, but it had some really great visual moments.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Koyaanisqatsi or Life Out of Balance. 1982.
It is full of time lapse and slow motion scenes of places and events we do not see in normal life
The movie was from a time before the advent of inexpensive CGI. The scenes were real and filmed with movie cameras held and controlled by people. That knowledge makes the images more intense for me.

rockfan's avatar

Spirited Away. Just incredible.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Hugo
Life of Pi
Frozen was actually stunning as well

I haven’t seen many movies

RocketGuy's avatar

The Fifth Element

Haleth's avatar

2046 and Far North, for opposite reasons. Also The Fall and Pan’s Labyrinth. I agree with a lot of the answers above, too.

MadMadMax's avatar

I’m too late but I loved the imagery of Hugo and I’m trying to stay away from cgi so I would say:

Visually The Borgias – each setting was a Renaissance painting. Better than I could find online. Sometimes downright incredible composition and attention to costumes and historic accuracy as well as artistic posing.

Here’s a try but not good enuf:

http://thepinesofrome.blogspot.com/2013/02/rome-in-time-of-borgias-has-anything.html

anniereborn's avatar

Oh another one that I loved was “Pleasantville”
The visuals weren’t that stunning in the realm of technology. But when coupled with the meaning, I just loved it.

MadMadMax's avatar

@anniereborn Thumbs up. Absolutely

MadMadMax's avatar

7 Years in Tibet

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