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Can you jellies recommend some visually stimulating movies?

Asked by El_Cadejo (34455points) February 20th, 2013

I don’t care what format they are in (live action, US animation, anime, etc). I prefer them have a good story to back up the movie but it’s not a must.

Some of the movies I’ve seen….

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Avatar was pretty wild. I also liked We were Soldiers Once, And Young, but I have to be in the right mood. It’s pretty intense.

Judi's avatar

I thought 300 was visually stimulating but that was the only thing I liked about it.
Disney’s Fantasia

Pachy's avatar

If you like older movies, three incredibly beauiful ones are The Red Shoes, The Third Man and Black Narcissis

ragingloli's avatar

Boku no Pico.

filmfann's avatar

No film from this year had me so awestruck as Life of Pi.

glacial's avatar

Anything by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (think Delicatessen in collaboration with Marc Caro and Amélie in collaboration with Guillaume Laurant).

All things Tim Burton, of course.

Also everything Terry Gilliam (@uberbatman beat me to Time Bandits).

Oh, you are @uberbatman!

glacial's avatar

You might also enjoy Peter Greenaway‘s films. He’s a bit of an acquired taste.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Should have mentioned above, stay away from mentioning mainstream movies(yea I know i said a few above) but if its mainstream chances are I’ve already seen it. Avatar, matrix, 300, Life of Pi,Tim Burton stuff, etc

@filmfann I was highly disappointed with Pi. Visually it was nice(and that is what this question is about) but god that story was horrible.

Aethelwine's avatar

Are you interested in documentaries? Winged Migration and March of the Penguins are both stunning.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@jonsblond Very much so. Microcosmos was one of my favorite visually stimulating documentaries.

Aethelwine's avatar

I noticed that film when I was searching for the links to give you. That does look good.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Fact from or fiction. Whether you believe in the afterlife or not, it’s a good movie. Beautiful:

What Dreams May Come.

Also, Frida was nice to look at. But, it may not be your cuppa.

DigitalBlue's avatar

“The Cell” or “Immortals.” The same director did Mirror Mirror, which is a Snow White story and might not be your thing, but it was also very beautiful to watch.

Seek's avatar

A Scanner Darkly.

Haleth's avatar

@uberbatman Cat Soup is so cool! I know it’s meant to take place after death, or in a weird pre-death state, but it really reminds me of the random imagery of a dream.

For something with a similar fun, surreal animation style, I’d recommend “The Triplets of Belleville.” It’s a fun, odd, quirky movie about three very weird opera singers, a steadfast grandmother, and a fat dog, coming to the rescue of a beloved grandson.

“Dead Leaves” is an animated Japanese short with a very unconventional style. It’s all very splashy and colorful, with dark, snarky humor.

For documentaries, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is absolutely mesmerizing. It’s shot in a very calming and rhythmic way (some might say slow and repetitive, but the pacing was what I loved about the movie.) It’s about a father and son who own one of the world’s top sushi restaurants, their amazing work ethic and dedication to the pursuit of perfection. There’s lots of stuff of people carefully and expertly doing food prep on great ingredients, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s actually all very visually interesting. It’s basically a visual essay about flow, the mental state of being completely immersed in a task, a type of happiness.

Stay,(film) a movie with a similar premise to Jacob’s Ladder, and with an artistic visual style.

What Dreams May Come This movie has Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr. in lead roles, so it goes without saying that it’s family-friendly and kind of fucking cheesy. But you know what? I adore it. There’s a heaven that’s made out of impressionist paintings, but even the stuff on earth and in hell is shot with care and in saturated, beautiful colors. There’s nothing like getting high and watching this movie.

2046 A movie that takes place in 1960s Hong Kong, and in an imagined future that the protagonist is writing about. 2046 is the hotel room number of the woman he’s in love with, and a year in the future that you can visit by train. The pace is calming and rhythmic (read: slow- I love this type of pacing, but you have to be in a certain frame of mind to enjoy it) and the mix of the 60’s and sci-fi is very cool.

Far North Michelle Yeoh and Sean Bean are in it, which is pretty much dream casting, so there’s that. Other than the sparse dialogue, most of the movie is long shots of the harsh arctic wilderness. They didn’t fake it; the whole thing was shot on Svalbard, a bunch of islands halfway between Norway and the north pole. It’s breathtaking.

For books, After Dark by Haruki Murakami, and “The Great Book of Amber” by Roger Zelazny are both pretty great. “After Dark” is all about how a regular city can be lonely and surreal at night, and the strange and marginal people who inhabit the night. It really captures the strange feeling of staying up all night. The mental images aren’t dazzling, but they are distinctive, evocative, and memorable.

Great Book of Amber has an insane holy shit quotient, and it’s visually dazzling. Imagine “A Song of Ice and Fire” (the Game of Thrones books) on acid, or Lord of the Rings meets a hard-boiled crime novel, on acid. The premise is that a backstabbing royal family can travel to anything in an infinite multiverse using their minds, but there are all kinds of underlying mysteries. This needs to be an epic miniseries, or an overblown five-part trilogy with a bloated special-effects budget, stat. There’s all kinds of crazy, trippy shit here.

Haleth's avatar

Wow, that answer got really long. I’m an art school dropout, ok? Visually stimulating things are like catnip to me!

El_Cadejo's avatar

Great answers guys I have plenty to check out. Tons of good live action movies for me to look at, does anyone have some more animated recommendations?

I forgot I’ve seen What Dreams May Come a couple years ago, beautiful movie.

@Haleth I just watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi on netflix a couple months ago, I agree, mesmerizing cinematography.
I just saw that The Triplets of Belleville is on netflix so I think I’ll watch that tonight.

@ucme Ya know, I’ve never actually seen Waterworld. Its just got such a horrible rep that I always just avoided it. Maybe I’ll check it out.

ucme's avatar

@uberbatman It’s not all that bad, but in terms of what you were looking for it certainly qualifies,as do my other suggestions , which are actually damn fine films.

Seek's avatar



Coraline . It’s beautiful and eerie. Very well done. It’s a crime that it didn’t win the Oscar instead of “Up”

El_Cadejo's avatar

@DigitalBlue Ohhhh totally forgot about that movie. Absolutely loved it. It was a surprisingly touching story, not what I expected when I turned it on.

@Seek_Kolinahr I agree, Coraline was better than Up, but up was still great IMO.

Blackberry's avatar

The plot was typical, but Dredd was pretty cool, visually.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@sinscriven OHHH that looks beautiful.

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