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04 April 2005, 11:10 PM
I think movie making is an art, not to everybody but definitely an art. With no offense to the mods here, since it's a very young new forum too.
Yes the images are just chemically stored but they can be crafted in any way you can imagine. Now with cg technologies even more so. Also I find it absolutely mesmorising to watch pictures that move. Here's an example of what I mean with art in film, amongst many that is:
A scene from Bladerunner, very short one shot scene in which a uncicorn comes running past. This is when Decker falls a sleep at the piano. Ofcourse they're copyrighted but in this case I don't think they'd mind. (
The end of the scene: (
I noticed that there was another thread about movies that inspired people/artists but it wasn't put in this forum. But still, moviemaking is an artform. It is still very young so the best movies still have to made, but there are a few(or maybe a lot upon closer consideeration) good movies.:wise:

So here are my recommendations:

Microcosmos >>*<< (, ( movie about insects, yes just insects. Excellent photography and soundscore! They have succeeded in my eye to make insects appear to have human qualities, and done so with even some humour. Itt's not for everyone though, so be warned. Very beautiful movie, also an excellent relaxant.

Mulholland Drive >>*<< (, ( David Lynch. A movie full of messages and mysteries and double bottoms. It's more fun if you watch it than me telling you that I'm not certain that I understood it. Really good and intricate storytelling.

Magnolia >>*<< (, ( who directed it. Very good story and good characters. It tells multiple stories and folds them together. I particularly like the openingsscene.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas >>*<< (, ( by Terry Gilliam. One of the friggin' best comedies I've ever seen. Filled with utter madnes and fueled by complete insanity and lack of grip on the world around us. At the same time being a message-esque way of informing us on strange aspects of our lives. I read somewhere:"One long bad trip!" It says it all.

Fantasia >>*<< (, ( the biggest experimental film/animation ever made. Made by Disney, of-course excellent animation and some fun stuff in it. But also a steppingstone for animation to grow up beyond the comical and superficial. Beautiful soundtrack with works from a lot of the great classical composers, and my favourite piece The Rite Of Spring.

Bladerunner >>*<< (, ( Ridley Scott. Some of the best photography and production design I've ever seen in my life. The story is really good or dare I say beautiful. And I seemingly still haven't figured out all the niches. The scale models and other special effects are even today very good I think. The only thing I don't like is the soundtrack, a poor choice to go for a pop band but hey everything else is good.

2001, A Space Odysee >>*<< (, ( by Stanley Kubrick. An absolute masterpiece with a lot of angles and really good production design. Trying to put these movies in a good light in a few sentences is silly so I'll just say a must for sci-fi fans.

These are the first to popo up, but I'm noticing a slight over-zealous string of thought coming up. So I'll just go looking for relevant links for these films so far and edit them in later. Nice resource if you haven't clicked the funny stars imdb (

Soow...Which movies got to you most, and why?:) And...Do you consider them to be art at all?

04 April 2005, 11:44 PM
i'd add anything by sergio leone... especially "Once Upon a Time in the West." whenever i'm having atrist's block, i just throw on one of his movies and it usually goes away. also, they're great reference as well. there a ton of close-ups of people with really interesting faces and great lighting.

Also, Hitchcock's "Vertigo." I guess it's the mood of if that I find inspiring. no other movie has anything close to that mood.

04 April 2005, 11:53 PM
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

simply awesome.

04 April 2005, 12:34 AM
I take different things away from different films but for visuals and atmospherics it would have to be:

Eraserhead (David Lynch) - I saw this in my formative years and it left an indellible impression

The Duellists (Ridley Scott) - his first film after doing adverts but luscious visuals and I have a weakness for the Napoleonic era - all that elan!

Brazil (Terry Gilliam) - a darker edge than his others (what a shame his Don Quixote project died)

Goldee Lox
04 April 2005, 12:36 AM
And dont forget City of the lost children by Jeunet. Weird to say the least, but beautiful. Several layers of art in this one.

04 April 2005, 01:06 AM
Yes, now you remind me, add Delicatessen too - so claustrophobic and wonderful to look at.

04 April 2005, 01:08 AM
I definitely agree with you jmBoekestein. I never knew some people were saying that movies are not an art (if that's what you were saying)...whoever did is not an artist themselves. With the chemical thing you could say the same thing about CG. The computer renders everything and does all the "drawing" work but it's you who really defines everything and gives it purpose.

I think movies are the highest form of art (besides what can be thought up in the imagination) because you can combine all forms of art into a movie.

I am in total agreement with you on the presence of moving pictures as well. I used to watch Eadweard Muybridges first snapshots of a horse moving...freezing some frames...looking at the glow from the one-dimesional black and white photography...than letting it move. It just gave even more life to an already dominant form of art. I know we all receive the phi phenomenom everyday but putting it into the hands of our imagination just gives us so much freedom.

But I still have a question...a lot of people need to be inspired to keep moving...I have never had this problem/medicine. And I want to ask...if artists are inspired either by nature or there fellow minds, and than those fellows inspired by theirs...and the hierarchy backward moving into the seed...I want to ask WHO WAS THE ORIGINAL?

04 April 2005, 01:31 AM
The "everything" carrying it on, one would have to say god I guess.
We're always doing something with truth or reality, either changing it or adapting it and then going from there towards the origin again. Sort of like with film. It goes full cycle first through all the preproduction stages and then is brought to a "truthfull" form.
This IS rather oversimplifying it, but it's what I see happening basically. I guess an idea stmes from truth and/or reality, then it flows with the people who change it and relativate it to them selves, and then it's brought back to a form of truth or rather a depiction of truths.

But I must be as wrong as I am right in this, because I know human perception isn't flawless. So some things might end up to be incoherent in the end. Adding up to a that doesn't do it for me. Quite a question you've posed there. Matter for a couple more thoughts. This 'll keep me busy for quite some time!!!:thumbsup:

And I also love those Muybridge pictures, I could never get my hands on them though. I've ran some google searches but only got stills then. Do you know of any weblinks for them? btw, in the old days when those pictures were taken there was a really hefty opposition as to film and photography were an art or not. I think nowadays opinions are more divided(hopefully). Most new ideas probably take a good deal of time to become fully accepted.

04 April 2005, 01:43 AM
Another one springs to mind after seeing delicatessen, not quite the same but they remind me of eachother.

Naked Lunch by David Lynch, a more, uhm, direct approach to the human condition.

I'm going to search for City of the Lost Children! Sounds really interesting, I like Jeunet.

And I found a trailer for Eraserhead, that looks like a really old style like Das Kabinet des Dr. Garibaldi. Expressionist I think it was called.

04 April 2005, 01:49 AM

The only suitable website I found...don't remember how I got to it but had the only cured animations I could find. The actual plates of the locomotive studies are in museums and cost thousands of dollars. I personally like Plate 187...the woman dancing. They call it "fancy".

I had searched Google the other day with their image database and found a lot of pictures/animations just to let you know. Their not of high quality but they are there. Most of those websites are respective links right on the website that I gave you.

04 April 2005, 01:52 AM
Naked Lunch by David Lynch, a more, uhm, direct approach to the human condition.

I think you mean David Cronenberg.

04 April 2005, 04:52 AM
I think movie making is an art, not to everybody but definitely an art. With no offense to the mods here, since it's a very young new forum too.

Why would we be offended? Steven and I are both writer/directors, and we love film just as much as anything else creative. I'm sure the other Forum Leaders all love film too.

04 April 2005, 08:10 AM
My favorites:

Andrei Rublev:: I love this movie- it drags you down to the depths of depression but rises you up again! This is one of the only movies I've seen that makes you feel the emotions along with them.

Nightmare before Christmas/Big Fish:: Tim Burton's vision is so cool- like a blend of disney with goth. (He did work as an animator for disney so that's understandable)

Hero/Amelie:: Both of these movies are chosen for their visuals-I'm a very visual person so when I see a movie I can watch at the cinema with just as much enjoyment as on DVD- I'm hooked.

Lilo and Stitch: This one has a warm place in my heart- it's so sad at places but just cute!

That's all for now. I'm sure I'll come up with more at a later stage!

04 April 2005, 10:42 AM
Good subject Jan Mark, i can't leave the thread without leaving some of my favs too, so here they are :

Jeunet Movies - City of Lost Children, Delicatessen, Amelie : The production design and cinematography in those movies are really worked finely, all images are studied and nothing is wrong...Aside from the visual aspect, i like the strange and crazy story that tell those movies and the character research, each one have something special, i found them really inspiring !

Lynch Movies - Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive : This is my fav director, i like the strangeness of his movies and also the cinematography research, i think we have a lot to learn by him because he really know how to attract the spectator in his game, this guy is crazy !

Alice in the Wonderland : Yes alice in the wonderland, i resaw this movie few days ago and i was amazed by the story and the character of this film.

Cohen Brothers Movies - Big Lebowsky, Fargo : Really good serious/comedy movies with a fine touch of black humor, story and characters are brillant too.

Agreed also with previous comments about Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey and Blade Runner which are the must for Sci Fi movies, i'll add Metropolis (by Fritz Lang) and Tetsuo (Shinya Tsukamoto).

Anime movies inspire me a lot also for character design and lighting research, especially Pixar, Disney, Miyazaki movies, Ghost In the Shell and Akira.


04 April 2005, 10:47 AM
so many movies to select from but there is one worth mention

What dreams may come - it's a visual journey and it's very beautiful...

I can agree with most of the above titles, maybe not eraserhead it's so filled with anguish and to sick for me... hehe

some movies has been so inspiring that I had to send my friends home while the end credits where rolling,
just so I could get creative right away :D :D

I see movies as a very inspiring source...

04 April 2005, 11:12 AM
Movies from the most hated director; Lars von Trier especially Dancer in the dark and Dogville. From the same dogma-group i like Festen very much. Ehm, animation, yes i do like Miyazaki very much furthermore Les triplettes de belleville is worthwhile to mention and the iron giant is probably the best animation ever.

Not only feature-films but also tv-series, commercials and videoclips contains lots of inspiration for me.

04 April 2005, 11:18 AM

in diffenret ways, different films inpired me, I have to say that on older movies, i love the entire Hitchcock filmography and westerns, but I think that it isnt necessary for a movie to inspire someone, it can be just a small scene or take, in that way, its a long list...

04 April 2005, 11:26 AM
Why would we be offended? Steven and I are both writer/directors, and we love film just as much as anything else creative. I'm sure the other Forum Leaders all love film too.

Really happy to hear that. Film just seems to be overlooked a lot in my eyes and I tend to kick shins. Not my place to be telling you what not to do and what you should do, that's all. Nothing really specific.:)

I think you mean David Cronenberg.

:rolleyes:...nobody saw that...:rolleyes:
't was late anyway.

Thanks Integrity! I'll check it out right away:bounce:, I've only had internet for a couple of months so.

Cipher, can't believe I overlooked Fargo, thanks for pointing those out to me.

paperclip, seen all of them except Andrei Rublev. Blasted thing is I can't find some of them in my local rental store anylonger. I'll have to resort to some internet searching I guess.

Jannis, I personnally don't like most Dogma's anylonger, I thought they were okay for the first time but that was because fo the actor/story based way of filming. Festen I find an exception though. As for tv-series I always enjoyed the Maxx a lot. And weird shows like Twin Peaks.

edit:daw, I think What Dreams May Come is also an excellent example of what VFX should actually be in movies. To make it all seem real, and augment the story.

Now I'll have to go out and rent me some! And I have so much to do! Does anybody know the name of that movie with the boy who travels ina peach and ends up in Manhattan with his insect friends?

Oh and here's another one that amazed me and would amaze most: Spider, directed by Cronenberg also (:rolleyes:if I'm not misstaken)

R, there's much to say for that since it's hard to tell who did what on big producions. But generally I find that some movies have such great talents working in them that they're unmistakable. Or I simply ike the subject, like in Blueberry. I loved the vfx in it and the sound was awesome, so was the score and they all served the idea really well. I'm rambling...stop it..

04 April 2005, 11:38 AM
Now I'll have to go out and rent me some! And I have so much to do! Does anybody know the name of that movie with the boy who travels ina peach and ends up in Manhattan with his insect friends?

Yeah cool movie, i's James and The Giant Peach (

04 April 2005, 11:40 AM
That would be James and the Giant Peach (based on a story by Roald Dahl).

I read the book Spider by Patrick McGrath many years back but have never seen the film of it - sort of passed me by that one.

vfx fan
04 April 2005, 12:39 PM
I've always been inspired by really bad movies like "Plan 9 from Outer Space" because it makes me wonder how something that sh*tty can get made and it also makes me feel hopeful that if someone as bad as Ed Wood can get into Hollywood, then I still have a chance to get in, too.

Other films that inspire me are:

"2001: A Space Odyssey"
"A Clockwork Orange"
"Sin City"
"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"
many others...

04 April 2005, 02:00 PM
One film the inspired me was the anime "Voices of a Distant Star". What I found inspiring was the fact it was 30 minute OVA(Original Video Animation) that was written, produced, and directed by one person, Makaoto Shinkai, on one PowerMacG4. The Animation is a little rought around the edges but its a first class story. I'd recommend it anyone, even those who don't like anime. Its only $12 at best buy and its in english.

04 April 2005, 02:38 PM
Yeah that was it, James and the Giant Peach! That one was really fun! It's one of the last "strange animations" that I can rent here I think.:shrug:

Spider is a really intruiging movie if you want to see it, there's some really good acting by the lead actor. And it's weird as hell.

04 April 2005, 02:53 PM
I thought 'The thin red line' was an especially beautiful film, inspiring cinematography and the connection between man and nature was really interesting... definately a piece of art in my opinion.
'Spirited away' is pretty amazing visually, and films like Labyrinth and Dark Crystal always inspired me.

Requiem for a dream, La Haine and city of god too

04 April 2005, 03:01 PM
I love movies. My top ten consists of about at least a hundred of them... which means I have a hard time picking favourites.

Really inspiring movies?

Try anything by Tim Burton. Even the movies I'm not quite so fond of (O blasphemy!) are stunningly beautiful, filled with rich, intriguing colours and they usually have excellent and stirring music. I've never found another director that affects me so much, visually. Even Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings only comes close - though it's DAMN close. Those would be a second source of inspiration. They're beautiful beyond beautiful. These were my obvious choices.

Less than obvious choices...

Janghwa, Hongryeon -- 'A Tale of Two Sisters'. This is a horror movie, but it is unlike anything else I've ever seen. The colours are stunning. The movie is filled with flowery patterns that show up even in the smallest details. The music is stirring, the mood is eerie, the blood is gorgeous where it seeps through the planks of the floor. The house that the story is set in is gorgeous, the plotline is enchanting and intriguing and strange. The first time I saw this one was a serious wow experience, it's one of the prettiest movies I know.

Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain -- I so hope I got the spelling right. Anyone who's seen this movie will know why I mention it. The colour schemes are insanely beautiful. The mood is wonderful, the girl is stunning, the plotline is whimsical and alluring. Much love for this movie.

La Cité des enfants perdus -- If you haven't seen it... please do. Another of those movies that has such riveting designs, awesome plot, wonderful colours and just... arghgghh... I can't speak well enough about it, honestly, I want to jump up and down in excitement from just talking about it. Wow! Whee!

Dangerous Liaisons -- With John Malkovich and Glen Close. It's a movie about aristocrats in Roccoco France... which in itself would be enough to make me titter. The costume designs are very, very beautiful and the plot is deliciously wicked. I always want to steeple my hands like Mr Burns and go, 'Excellent', whenever I see these people plot away at each others' doom. Sweet.

Requiem for a Dream -- I don't know how something so dark can also be so beautiful. Sigh.

Der Name der Rose -- Another of those... well... plot and scheme movies. The setting of a monastery up in the mountains stirs my imagination in itself. Decadent monks and oh man, Sean Connery really manage to make this one of my favourite movies. The fat man in the tub always makes me want to paint - it sounds weird when I say it, but watch the movie and think about it when you get to that scene (you'll know which I mean), and try to tell me the colour use and the composition and the sheer FORCE of it doesn't just completely stun you. Yeah. Try.

04 April 2005, 03:26 PM
Same here! I'll be trying to remember titles for weeks from now. I'm really bad with names though, but I'd hate to kill the suspesne.

Some really good titles here! The ones that I haven't seen I just saw the trailers for. Big thanks people. I've gotta admit I've had the two sisters in my hands a couple of times but I had been disappointed by those kung fu fighter movies, so I let it slip. Haha, so much to catch up. I can remember seeing Sleepy Hollow and Nightmare before CHristmas but that's it I think. Gonna have to look for some, it's been a while for that matter.

Seeing the movies named I can't believe I didn't think to name them before!:thumbsup:

04 April 2005, 04:12 PM
I'm more of a lurker but i love this kind of discussion.

Have you people seen the latest Jeunet movie A Very Long Engagement? It's as visually stunning as his previous works, it's about a woman's journey (Audrey Tatou again) to find out the whereabouts of her husband during WWI. I guess it's his most expensive feature yet.

For inspiration I recommend watching some old classics and animated short films that show that talent it's worth more than technology:

Metropolis - The granddaddy of Blade Runner, has some of the most influention production design ever crafted, from the female robot that inspired Lucas for C3PO to the towering, multi-leveled skyscrapers that inspired everyone, from Osamu Tesuka to Terry Gilliam, the movie is a timeless Classic. The original had like five hours long but most of it is lost and there are several versions compiled from pieces, some are very crappy. I recommend trying to find the last restoration with almost three hours and a soundtrack that tryes to mimic the original, "Wagnerian" one. The story makes more sense in this one.

Battleship Potemkin - This Russian political drama has some stunning cinematography, some shots from the Odessa riot received a homage from Brian de Palma in The Untouchables. I remember watching it at college for the first time and was mesmerized by the images. Too bad I was the only one that remained until the end of the movie. :)

i'll leave for lunch and return with more

04 April 2005, 04:18 PM
Jan-Mark -- take a look at that site. It's managed to catch a bit of the 'feel' of the movie. I think you'll like it.

04 April 2005, 04:20 PM
Thanks Enayla, checking it right now.:)

Ooohw that looks good! A while back I rentde memento mori, but I didn't ahve the chance to watch it. It seems like these oriental movies are striking way more heart than western(read american) movies are today!

btw, wasn't nightwatch a Swedish movie first? I remember seeing a Swedish movie that was about a magic typewriter, it made what was written come true in real life soon after. Really eerie one.

04 April 2005, 04:21 PM
O my.

How could I forget?

Donnie Darko

I love that movie so much. So beautiful, such excellent music...

04 April 2005, 04:30 PM
I think among the movies that made an impact upon my life which has inspired me in one or the other way are very strange ones. Whilist I do maybe not adapt to some of the styles their stories inspire me the most.

As for movies, I must say a inspiring movie for those who wants to feel like realising a dream, I suggest watching Seven years in tibet, I recommend it beacuse of a good story, but also very well played. It has good emotoins, and has very interesting concepts.

Another movie which is really interesting, and is one of my favorites is Donnie Darko, it has a really weird plot at first, and it is very nice artistically portrayed as a whole in the movie... Also, it can put alot of thoughts in your mind and gives emotoinal reponse which is a important thing in art.

Then theres a movie which is somehow always on my mind... While its not really inspiring me to art, it has probably drastically changed my humour, and some of my thinking. And such traits gives it permission to be here since it brings some kind of impression. and that movies is Blues Brothers. Not only does it have a strong story concept, but also humour and style. Not to forget how well music plays a role in the movie. Where you actually see the music bringing the story forward, which is mostly only seen in musicals otherwise but those rarely brings the story forwars so much.

And then, a scene which i favor which I think is my favorite scene ever. I guess its all beacuse I like rain so much... Its a scene from an old movie called Singing in the rain, and the scene is much the same. Hes out on the street singing and 'playing' around in the rain... Wonderful!

Finnaly a movie which I think deserves beeing here beacuse of its kind of thinking. Stanley Kubricks A clockwork orange. It has a really wicked twist in thinking. And you sure have problems to imagine the feelings of poor alex. Who's really not so poor... Or ?... I can't say, it's so hard to judge him.

I am really fond of Dune / Children of dune it has an excellent mixture of space and drama and action. Well put together. The story which is based upon the books of Frank Herbert plays out wonderfully in this piece of art.


Now follows a few Animations which is more like my artictis impression when it comes to the deeper style.

A wind named Amesia, Very old Anime which is presented in a post-apocalypse world. The world was swept by amnesia... However one individual had his memory left... He continues to search for answers. Visually stunning for the time it was made. Great story, good characters. The kind of art used is really matching the story.

Silver Fang, Yes, oldie and goodie... Story and feeling reallly come together in this movie which portrays the struggle between a ferocious bear which has beacome psycho from a bullet in his brain... And Silver who's a dog who's father was killed by the bear. I admit I cried in the end of it when I was small!.

Chobits, ok whilist this is less apparent then most... Chobits is wonderful in social / drama / comedy aspect. Its an Animation from japan where its slightly in the future... Where personal robots called Chobits have been invented... There's a student moving to tokyo to get into school and he finds a mysterious Chobit in the garbages. Very nice animated, the plot fits in very good. Its also a cry, cry anime... I was close to doing so.

Mai Hime, I wont go over the aspect of what this is about. But it centers around Mai who has the powers of a Hime. She is not the only one. However, this has a good inspiring story with good relationship twists. The artistic thing which inspires me is the Character Development especially, and the feeling presented. It has I think the most interesting and realistic Character Development ever seen.

Ok, somebody will kill me for this... Excel saga, not only changed the way I think. It really made me realise how humour could be something artistic. In this case its weird, mad, totally chaos which I like.

Inu Yasha, Plays out in Feudal japan which has really great visuals in a time with deamons and such. The story is long and very good emotionally. There is also a good sense to the action. Almost as if you could say its one of the animes with the most artistic action.


Ill stop here but theres more from both categories.. ALOT. I have an unlimited supply, since I let myself be inspired from everything, I see or play or feel and just turn it into inspiration. Colors, Character, Design...

A question, would it be approved to make a similar thread about games?.. Thus games can truly be wonderful pieces of art.


04 April 2005, 04:32 PM
Here s'more,

The Isle, excellent photography and really harsh realism.

I am Dina, also a harshly realistic film.

Apt Pupil, more "realism". A really good story about a boy blackmailing a nazi warcriminal. The warcriminal is acted by Mr. Gandalf.

More will pop up no doubt.:D

04 April 2005, 04:41 PM
I fear i could not mention every movie that i like, it so depends on my mood. How in a certain mood i could watch one over and over again and in another mood i won't want to know anything about it but only some other ones...

I remember watching Hero and feeling so amazed by the meanings of everything, the colors. How the same story can change so much when you only change little details. It left me inspired for a long time and even just thinking about it got my little brain having some sparks of inspiration.

There's also Big Fish, LotR (of course), and various others not always so ''inspirationnal'' but that are just some movies i used to watch when i was around 11-13 years old and that whe i think of them i can only smile and remember the lines of various scenes i loved.

Though i must admit that i am a child at heart.. I like Disney movies, the old ones that is. The new ones do not have the same feel to them. And animation movies like Shrek or Finding Nemo that had both a side for children and one for grownups with little hints and there about things kids could not know about. Oi, i remember myself being totally hooked on the little mermaid when i first watched it and watching it in loops again and again. And, then, forgetting about it, watching it again years after and noticing so mcuh more details in everything i just did not get when i was younger.

Okay i guess i am not really in the subject, about the way movies are produced and everything but still, i feel that a favorite movie can just go farther than the way it was made. Just what it means to you might make it special and make you want to catch every single little details.

Ah.. Enough rambling... :s

P.S.: Enayla, you did spell the movies with french titles right. ;)

04 April 2005, 05:36 PM
I add some more very good to me :

Demonlover ( - A french movie about the underground side of Internet and the business around, really cool cinematography and great actors

Taxi Driver ( Crazy movie, Deniro is just perfect in this one :eek: ( Are you talking to me.... ?)

Dark City ( - A really strange story, environement and special fx are really interesting ! Jennifer Connely (Requiem for a dream)is playing greatly !

Citizen Kane ( ( This movie made the cinema !

In The Mood For Love (, 2046 ( - Love stories by the talented Wong Kar Wai

04 April 2005, 06:33 PM
Akira Kurosawa's 'SEVEN SAMURAI': although b&w, and filmed in the 1950's, nearly every single shot is a masterpiece in composition and lighting.

The Dark Crystal

12 Monkeys



The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Blade Runner

Dracula (yes, the one with Keanu Reeves in it)

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

The Mission (with Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons)

The Thing

Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban (because of the darker mood and Buckbeak!)

The Name of the Rose

Alien (and Aliens)

Matrix Trilogy

Iron Giant (brilliant animation)

Emperor's New Groove (one of Disney's best)

Aaaarrrgggh, there are just too many more to mention (I could rhyme off my entire DVD collection and still only scratch the surface)

04 April 2005, 07:02 PM
I have so many fave movies here's some of them:

Lord of the rings, the costumes, the storyline is facinates me and fills me with such joy. The films are magic and the books even better. I have a couple of the box sets and being able to see how they made the films is amazing, watching John Howe and Alan Lee creating master pieces is Awe inspiring. I felt jelous not being apart of it :D

Moulin Rogue is another fave, I love the costumes and the music such a great film

Pirates of the caribbean, again the costumes and the effects are great.

Sleepy Hollow, this is a great film so dark and mysterious. I love the costumes and the overall story line really exciting.

There are soo many more films that I loved watching (can't think what they are right now) I just think the process is amazing and the character design looks like so much fun.

04 April 2005, 07:06 PM
Secretary - i have absolutely nothing with sadomasochism and im glad there are no explicit scenes. The reason that im putting this up is that it was a very good story told and good acting.

Lola rennt - Everyone has those questions about what if it didnt happen, what if i came a minute later. In this movie you'll see three different versions of the same story. Quite hilarious.

Other good movies: Amelie, Pulp fiction, Memento, Shawshank redemption, Usual suspects, Equilibrium, Girl with a pearl earring (weak story but beautiful colors),

04 April 2005, 07:22 PM
Der Name der Rose -- Another of those... well... plot and scheme movies. The setting of a monastery up in the mountains stirs my imagination in itself. Decadent monks and oh man, Sean Connery really manage to make this one of my favourite movies. The fat man in the tub always makes me want to paint - it sounds weird when I say it, but watch the movie and think about it when you get to that scene (you'll know which I mean), and try to tell me the colour use and the composition and the sheer FORCE of it doesn't just completely stun you. Yeah. Try.



And with Sean Connery. Whee!

I read that book (Il nome della rosa is the original title) a few months ago and it had me completely stunned.. probably the most inspiring book I've ever read. I had no idea there was a movie, too O_O

Um, movies that inspire me..

Vidocq - the colors! I've seen that movie SO many times, and I've finally gotten a DVD - it's worth every coin I spent on it. The plot, the plot twists, the characters, the dark mood.. the movie is so beautiful words cannot describe it. And it's a French movie as well, and that's one more reason why it's so good. I recommend it to everyone.

K-PAX - next to Vidocq, it's my favorite movie of all the time. I just love that movie.. I know a lot of people hated it (or just didn't get the point), but I find it amazing. Kevin Spacey is so brilliant in it.

Those two movies truly inspire me. Movies that get my "beautiful color scheme" award are: The Underworld (I hear there's a sequel on the way..), Van Helsing and The Ring (I've seen only the American version, so.. yeah)


04 April 2005, 08:59 PM
And that reminds of another that had a profound influence on me. But I'm surprised no one has metioned these yet.

Schindlers List, well, you've probably seen it.

Se7en, because it's such a bitterly cold movie. I found some of the depiction too grotesque, but hey you can close your eyes if you want to.

And a cool fantasy flick with really cool visual effects for the time and lots of magic, The Dragonslayer.

Ghost in the Shell, watched it over and over because of the realistic animation and really cool designs.

Man this list is never gonna stop growing.:eek:

04 April 2005, 10:12 PM
I'm back with more movies that inspire me, first i posted two silent movies, now I'll post two pieces i consider unique from two directors whose work i admire: Terry Gilliam and Stanley Kubrick.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - With production design by italian master Dante Ferretti, Munchausen is a feast for the senses. Each scene boasts elaborate sets (like the Venus dance) or an imaginative miniature work (the Moon) bringing the Baron's wacky tales to life with Gilliam's ambitious vision.

Barry Lyndon - Kubrick is an obsessed guy, for this movie he wanted to shot without artificial lightning because there was no artificial light at the time so we could look at the period exactly like it was back then. Ok, then he helped develop a special set of lens that could capture even candle lit sets and the result is a movie with some impressive looking night scenes and gorgeous daylight imagery. Inspired by romantic painters, Barry Lyndon is a work of art.

That's it for now.

04 April 2005, 10:15 PM
That was some interesting reading on Barry Lyndon. I've seen the other movies you pointed out but not Barry Lyndon. Thanks.

04 April 2005, 11:01 PM
I love Schindler's List. Liam Neeson is really good in it (fellow irishman!)
I also really like 'Yellow Submarine', not because of the actual animation or anything, it's just so different to anything else I've ever seen.
'Spirited Away'...that scene where the ghosts come out is pure magic. It haunted me!
I also really liked 'Ordet', though it was some years ago and I could have liked it either for the amazing storyline or one of the actors:D (sorry!) Swedes rock...
The Seventh Seal.
Ben Hur.
It's a Wonderful Life.
Life is Beautiful (so sad!)
Citizen Kane (I agree with that other poster, it is a gem)
Nosferatu: This was the first movie I ever bought. It has this wonderfully dark and mysterious atmosphere.

vfx fan
04 April 2005, 11:09 PM
How about "Mission to Mars?" I mean, sure the storyline was run-of-the-mill, but that movie had a fascinating idea behind it, one that actually made you think, not to mention gorgeous vistas. I thought it was one of the best Mars movies.

"Contact" also had a great idea behind it, and two of some of my favorite vfx sequences of all time (the opening shot and the wormhole ride).

I also liked "Sphere" and its theories about black holes and time travel thrown at you from time to time.

Others include:

Pretty much all the "Star Trek" films (including "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture")
"Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin" (admit it, the set design is beautiful if very un-"Batman"-like)
Almost all the Robert Rodriguez films I saw in addition to "Sin City," partially because of the man's philosophy about moviemaking.
"Fight Club"
"Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" (though would've been better if it were live action)
"Starship Troopers"
All the "Star Wars" films, including the prequels
Disney animated films (where the women are like Viagra! :drool: )

04 April 2005, 03:56 AM
hmmm..movies that inspire me..well i don't watch many movies and my main inspiration is music
but few of the ones i remember that kinda insprired me are:

1) The had a very nice mood and some exellent photography
2) Blade (the first one)..for me the second and third were kinda crap

Little older movies that i liked overall with plot, photography and music are Dances With Wolves and The Last of The Mohicans.

a really great movie that i think all artists should watch is got no's simply a movie that takes you around the world and show different cultures and amazing landscapes with awesome music in the background by Michael Stearns, Dead can Dance and others...the scenes of the waterfalls and clouds moving are simply breathtaking..
here's a link if u wanna check it out

04 April 2005, 02:26 PM
Peter Greenaway is one of my fave directors: Hated as much as he is revered in this countryfor such films as " A Zed and Two Noughts", "The Cook, theThief, His Wife and Her Lover" and "The Draughtsmans COntract", hisart-house offereings are some of the most beautifully composed images i have ever seen comitted to celluloid.

Sally Potter's "Orlando" starring Tilda Swinton, as a sex-shifting young man who lives for about 300 years is also another work I find a visual feast.

I also love the vistas of the Leone Spaghetti Westerns, and am constantly amazed also by the world creation of Jackson's "Ring" vision.

04 April 2005, 06:44 PM
I'm a heavily influenced person, so basically any movie can inspire me. However, there are a few that inspire me everytime I watch them: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (gorgeous costumes!), and Chronicles of Riddick (amazing concepts in environment, clothing, etc.). But those are just a few in a long list of inspirational movies.

04 April 2005, 12:35 AM
Definiatly have to agree that Ghost in the shell is a masterpiece in much any aspect, and that GITS Innocence or the Standalone complex series did'nt match the first one. They are all worthy to see.

Sleepy hollow is definieatly stylish aswell, the mood they got goin in the film is rather unique much like a horror adventure.

I recently saw the movie Pulp Fiction, it has really interesting twists, and way of presenting story. I liked it alot.

That aside, if you look at movies that inspire my style directly not like previously said...

Van Hellsing - Wonderful imaginary world. Clothing is stylished, and very, very interesting. Architecture looks beutiful. But only a avarage story and maybe not so deep. But it puts my inspiration at top.

Pirates of carribean - The music put together with a well planned story, good use of camera in action. And the excellent use of Johnny depp made this movie.

Matrix - Okey, Im aware that the whole matrix universe is inspired by lots of other movies, and anime. Ive seen scenes, and things that is almost copies. But all together into this universe. I love the philosophical matter. And, I must say, the universe that the matrix is, and the world they have put together inspires me alot.

And last but not least. I started seeing an old movies about Victor Frankenstein. It was part one of a movie called obviously frakenstein.. Where you actually follow the creator of frankenstein, and later also frankenstein himself. It is wonderful to see how his mind worked in the movie... He was beeing so nice, and so misunderstood. How could people not see his good intention... Sigh... Poor creature. Mad scientist always inspire me.


04 April 2005, 01:09 AM
I'm a bit "snobbish" when it comes to movies, so it's really nice to discover that most of you seem to have excellent taste !

I can agree on :

Eraserhead - but I prefer Blue Velvet
City of the Lost Children - very stimulating to the eye, but diffcult to really understand ....
Big Fish - I also like Eward Scissorhands
Amelie - indeed some interesting images here and interesting story
Alice in Wonderland - yes, but do we really need Disney for it ? The book exists.
Pinocchio - my favourite Disney movie.
Breaking the waves - I found that one far more interesting than Dancer in the Dark
haven't seen Dogville yet.
Les Triplettes de Belleville - yes, some very nice drawings, but a bit too long this movie.
Il nome della Rossa (SP ?) - Linda, did you see that movie in Germany or what ??!!
Shouldn't it be something like "Rosens Namn" in Swedish ?
Citizen Kane
Harry Potter
Pulp Fiction
Usual Suspects
Barry Lyndon
Yellow Submarine - and Help too for that matter - I LOVE The Beatles !

A Clockwork Orange is a bit too disturbing for me - I saw it again recently on a British channel - I live in France just in front of the Channel Islands, so I can receive four British channels.

My favourite Hitchcock movie is Rebecca - his first. A part from that, I adore Laurence Olivier.

Metropolis is a BIG hole in my education - I haven't seen it yet, but must get to it soon !

I love Dennis Hopper and I particularly loved his film "The Hot Spot". Those of you who saw it : remember those grape sandals ?

I'm not much for Schindler's List - you might as well watch a documentary movie.

What pleases me are movies where you immediately feel that no color and no accessory is there by coincidence. David Lynch, Almodovar. And of course "Amélie". For example.

Sorry, "Ordet" is not Swedish - it is Danish like me. Karl Th. Dreyer. It's a very old movie, but it is almost always possible to watch it somewhere in Paris.

I'm in a funny phase. When Starwars came out, I was in the beginning of my twenties and had my Bergman, Fassbinder, Fellini, Passolini, Antonioni, Truffaut, Goddard period .... so it was of course completely out of the question to watch Starwars !

Now I had my first kid at 36 and a second at 39 - two boys. Of course I want to stimulate them as much as possible, so we very often go to see a movie. They are completely hooked on Starwars at 6 and 8 years old now. I see everything with them, so I'm quite up to date and I must say that I adore it. LOTR, Harry Potter, Shrek, Starwars and what was that ? "The moving castle"?

I also like Polanski. Particularly Bitter Honeymoon though it's quite disturbing too.

What I don't like is super Hollywood productions where everything is calculated from the beginning to earn a maximum of money. Titanic for example. How come that Woody Allen is so popular abroad, but not in his own country ?

Some Chinese films are really great too. Wifes and Concubines and Farewell My Concubine - really something for the eyes there.

Another movie which I already saw in Denmark while 24 is "Molière" made by Théatre du Soleil. That's a VERY long movie - 4 hours I think, but you really get something for the eyes there.

To Integrity I want to say that you can't avoid inspiration. The moment you open your eyes or your ears you are necessarily influenced if you want it or not.

04 April 2005, 02:16 AM
Movies & series that put me in a good happy mood:
Amelié, by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
"Kiki's Delivery Service" by Hayao Miyazaki (my favorite of his since I was a kid)
My Neighbor Totoro also by Miyazaki
Fushigi Yûgi
Kill Bill 1 & 2
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou, better known as Kare Kano, or His and Her Circumstances
Any Stand Up Comedy by Ellen DeGeneres, John Leguizamo or Margaret Cho
Cher Concerts (don't ask-blame my pals)

Simply overwhelmingly beautiful that make me sigh in my mind:
Lord of the Rings (all three, especially if seen back 2 back)
Sarah Brightman's Harem Live from Las Vegas Concert DVD
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Ever After
Moulin Rouge
Xenogears & the Xenosaga episodes (video games; grah!! can't wait for the next episodes!!!) ***They are movie-like to me***
Le Pacte des Loupes
Music Videos by Tori Amos, Björk &/or Madonna
Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton
The House of Flying Daggers
Lion in Winter (the new one)
Vanity Fair

Dark & Melancholic Moods:
The Hours
Lost in Translation
The Last Samurai
X | 1999 the animated series
Ayashi no Ceres
Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust
Perfect Blue
Beyond Borders
Interview with the Vampire
Original Sin
The Pasion of the Christ
Bicentennial Man
Head in the Clouds

The Last Unicorn
The Dark Crystal
The Land Before Time
The Secret of Nimh
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden
Snowhite, A Tale of Terror
Record of Lodoss War
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (mostly seasons 3-5)
Magic Knight Rayearth
The Heroic Legend of Prince Arislan
Candy Candy
The Hakkenden- Dog Warriors
The Witches

These are the recent ones in my mind right now...but I know there are more...

04 April 2005, 02:57 AM
Ghost story movies and all the disney favorites. :)

04 April 2005, 07:28 AM
Mike Jitlov's wizard of speed and time.


04 April 2005, 11:23 PM
OK, I'll just throw one in for the dark but beautiful story lovers here. Seems to be loads of you. Go watch it, the most diverse special effects in one movie and all physical, and the story is terribly romantic.

In The Company Of Wolves.

04 April 2005, 03:48 AM
Let's see...

The Wicker Man was truly inspirational in its ability to create such tension and have such a fulfilling climax.

Jacob's Ladder was a great example of a truly creepy horror movie that didn't resort to monsters or maniacs to create its suspense.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was a great example of a film that has a beautiful storyline complemented by genuine characters.

Akira is in a class of its own. I'm not a big fan of anime but that is at least in my top 3 best movies of all time.

Brazil, Delicatessen, and the City of Lost Children are great for their set design and art direction, and overall wonderful films if you truly want to dive into a completely fantastical world of weirdness.

Alice in Wonderland, Watership Down, Secret of Nimh, Sleeping Beauty, etc. The animated masterpieces are always wonderful sources for inspiration.

That's all for now!

04 April 2005, 10:58 AM
Return to Oz, Labyrinth, Pinnochio, Alice in Wonderland

04 April 2005, 03:19 PM
return to oz... that movie rocks. i was so confused the first time i saw it.

04 April 2005, 03:55 PM
Another good one is 'The Long Riders' , really nice style and cinematography

04 April 2005, 05:39 PM
Kung Fu movies like Hero, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Once Upon a time in China, Fong Sai Yuk, Twin Worriors, all that sort of stuff. I'm a real Jet Li fan.

I'm glad to read that someone wrote down Willow! I love that film!

I mostly watch foreign language films. My favourite director is Wong Kar-wai, mostly because of his use of colour.

All movie genres should be appreciated.

04 April 2005, 09:29 PM
I echo a lot of what's been said already - particularly Oz's choices. ;P

Also, I read most of this thread but ended up skimming some of it since it's so long. I may have missed it, but I never saw anyone mention Waking Life ( directed by Richard Linklater.
I've never seen another film like this before. It is both an animation and a live-action film, as the final version was made through 'rotoscoping' which is basically where live-action film is animated over the top. It's incredibly surreal and hypnotising to watch. The basic storyline follows a guy who is dreaming, who keeps waking up... only to find that he is still sleeping, because he awakens yet again.

From the Miyazaki films, my favourite is Mononoke Hime. (Tied with Spirited Away.)
The Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen chapter is so beautifully tragic that it makes me weep.
And finally - I find The Green Mile and Antwone Fisher painfully inspiring, in a really depressingly beautiful kind of way.

04 April 2005, 11:14 PM
Damn am I glad I started this thread. I've got so much catching up to do! Hahaha.

Here'smore I haven't seen and just popped up in my head.

Easy Rider, you know what I'm talking about! Right at the core of those wonderful roadmvies.

Raising the Dead, a really weird and heartfull tale about a insomniac ambulance driver. Who tries to help people and starts seeing weird things. Good sense of humpur at tmies too.

04 April 2005, 04:02 PM
I'll go ahead and repeat many of you by throwing my list into the mix.

1. Bladerunner (not only the set design, but the ambience of the sounds)
2. Star Wars (the dirt and grime of the originals most of all)
3. Gladiator
4. Lord of the Rings
5. Akira
6. Titan AE
7. The Matrix
8. Legend
9. Ghost in Shell (Those cityscapes...)
10. The Neverending story (Just because it was one of my first favorites)

04 April 2005, 07:54 PM
The Crow was probably the first movie to actually hook me. I was maybe 12 or 13 at the time I saw it, and it blew me away with the feel and atmosphere. The soundtrack was nothing shot of stellar.

Donnie Darko because of the way it was filmed. I love all the saturated colors. The characters are full and the story is so open to interpretation.

Eternal Sunshine of the Splotless Mind for many of the same reasons as Donnie. Love the transitions and the flow. Colors are great.

Vanilla Sky Well, the parallels between myself and this movie are unbelievable at this point having suffered a near fatal accident, but before that I just really brought out some sort of deep emotion in me.

Requiem for a Dream just in the way it's shot. Really enhances the intensity.

04 April 2005, 11:34 PM
Vanilla Sky Well, the parallels between myself and this movie are unbelievable at this point having suffered a near fatal accident, but before that I just really brought out some sort of deep emotion in me.

Requiem for a Dream just in the way it's shot. Really enhances the intensity.

I suggest you go look for Abre Los Ojos, it's the original for Vanilla Sky. It's a Spanish movie though, from most "movie connoiseurs" I hear it's far better than the ameriphised version.

And do you mean in the way it was shot or edited? Because the editing seemed like the thing that made it intensive, the shots themselves were often intentionally boring is what I thought. They seemed to be wanting to get that desolation in there. Of-course I don't mean all of the shots but a lot of them. The editing went back and forth btweeen very close and strange and wide. Get my point?

04 April 2005, 11:59 PM
Here's mine. From animated films to live action.


GHost in the Shell 1 and 2
Pretty much anything done by HAYAO MIYAZAKI.

LIVE ACTION FILMS: (All of this pretty much have one of the best cinematography, directing, casting, storytelling, and use of colours)

AMELIE and A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT by Jeane Pierre Jaunet.
VERTIGO, PSYCHO, THE BIRDS, well pretty much anything done by HITCHCOCK.
YOJIMBO, SHINJURO, SEVEN SAMURAI, agian pretty much anything done by KURASAWA.
SIDEWAYS - one of the best indi films i've seen.
HERO and THE HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGER - a must to see for the visual interpretation and colour used. Very innovative.
THE 1st and 2nd BATMAN - Directed by TIM BURTON

I can name more, but i'll just live it at that. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

04 April 2005, 12:19 AM
Trouble with Harry - A great movie of Hitchock, the kind of comedy that inspires humor and (funny) suspense are the keys of this materpiece...

Yeah i foud Abre Los Ojos much better also...more humanistic... Amenabar is a good one !

04 April 2005, 06:46 AM
I suggest you go look for Abre Los Ojos, it's the original for Vanilla Sky. It's a Spanish movie though, from most "movie connoiseurs" I hear it's far better than the ameriphised version.

And do you mean in the way it was shot or edited? Because the editing seemed like the thing that made it intensive, the shots themselves were often intentionally boring is what I thought. They seemed to be wanting to get that desolation in there. Of-course I don't mean all of the shots but a lot of them. The editing went back and forth btweeen very close and strange and wide. Get my point?

My best friend has abre los ojos, being that he's hispanic. I haven't had a chance to see it yet. I had a near fatal injury in august which pretty much resulted and having to have my head put back together. I think it was mostly the editing in the movie. None of the shots were really all too gripping.

One of my favorite single shots in a movie is in the Matrix when Trinity says, "Dodge this." The perspective on it is moving for me for some reason.

04 April 2005, 10:01 PM
I'm sorry to hear that, you seem fine from here though. Best wishes.

I've heard some funny anekdotes about how editing won other people than the editor an oscar. Kind of funny at least, but I don't know whether it's true though.

One of my favourites, and I'm really ashamed to say it but it's true, is the scene CHronicles of Riddick where he escpaes those warthingies and ruf's his way over the streets and a dropship crashes behind him and then flies over him. But in this case, the best shot, it varries according to my mood too.

Cipher, I haven't seen that many by him I believe, but I have it downstairs and have to blatently admit that our VCR recently gave up on us. It's been some torture I can tell you.

04 April 2005, 11:33 PM
I love so many of the movies already mentioned including:

City of Lost Children, Amelie, Delicatessen, In the Mood for Love, 2046, Sin City, Metropolis, Dark City, Donnie Darko, Blade Runner, Moulin Rouge, Brazil, The Matrix series, the LOTR series, The Usual Suspects and many more.

The Fifth Element also had some great visuals that I still get a kick out of now.

I don't think anyone has mentioned Casshern ( yet. I just saw this and I think it is stunning visually. As with Sin City, Sky Captain etc... it was mostly shot against a blue/green screen.

I was very disappointed with Sky Captain. The backgrounds were quite nice, I was less impressed with much of the compositing in of the actors. Frankly, I think the 6 minute short it was based on was more interesting. I'll take Sin City or Casshern over it any day (and not only for the visuals).

Immortal ( was another movie that I found interesting though I can't say for sure whether or not is was good, or if I even liked it (frankly, I had little idea what it was about until "after" the film when I read up on it a bit more). I'll have to watch it again. But although the visuals were inconsistent there were at least "some" gorgeous shots.


04 April 2005, 08:38 AM
Casshern is relatively new isn't it? It played at our film festival this year but only one night, it had cg in it if I remember correctly.

04 April 2005, 12:21 PM
Casshern is relatively new isn't it? It played at our film festival this year but only one night, it had cg in it if I remember correctly.

2004 apparently. But it has not been in North American theatres yet. I found a DVD of it at a local shop.


04 April 2005, 06:14 PM
Haven't seen it. too bad, i'll get around to it though.

Some very fine suggestions again btw, keep 'em coming please!:) There are some movies here I've never heard of.

Humbly yours.

04 April 2005, 10:24 AM
Fiddler on the roof. Awesome characters. Awesome plot. Good cinematography Very moving. Most of all the music makes me want to learn to play the violin and is quite inspiring as a musician.

04 April 2005, 11:15 AM
directors: (many mentioned already, people have good taste ;) )

kubrick kubrick kubrick . almost all of his work touches me like most other movies never do.
ridley scott . early work especially! ...GI Jane :( oh hell you can forgive a guy that made brilliant movies almost anything.
ron fricke . again its amazing craftsmanship combined with strong ideas, intentions and a message not spelled out for the audiance.
terry gilliam . especially fear and loathing, 12 monkeys and the holy grail
junet and caro . masters of bizarre visual tales.
Shinya Tsukamoto .Truly innovative and insane in a positive way. crazy cinematography!
wong kar wai . little stories that seems to eat their way into your heart. great kudos to chris doyle for brilliant handheld cinematography.

...I dont go to the cinema a lot, im very disappointed with the selection. its mostly american movies and I am sorry to say it, but frankly I see more interesting development in the film industries of other countries, here in europe and in the far east. Part of the reason, I am tired of stars and the producers who think they can only make it happen if they have one or two or three. take oceans twelve as an grim example...what a load! I want unknown actors to fill the screens again. keanu, please do something else... oh and what happened to ugly or normal looking actors? (look up 70s classics and see how ordinary they looked) everyone has to look like models these days, its intolerable and whats worse its boring. thank you sideways!

recently I saw appleseed, which was nice, especially from a CG aspect...47 x WOW!


04 April 2005, 03:41 AM
I love movies - i love to follow the visual story a good picture can make a story come alive.

Some of my favourites:
Red from triology Blue, Red and White. Kieslowski's movie.
Solaris by Tarkovski
Princess Mononoke by Miyazaki

Also Hero and House of Daggers are very good epic movies. Who loves colours and large landscape scenes would enoy those movies a lot.

04 April 2005, 09:23 PM
uh, hmm ... have seen a lot of movies;
one of my favourite is CYCLO by tran ang-hung, very impressive.
i like all films by lars von trier, especially EPIDEMIC.
alien by ridley scott
apocalypse now (redux) by f.f. coppola
once upon a time in america by sergio leone.
onibaba by kaneto shindo
seven samurai, rashomon, ran & kagemusha by akira kurosawa.
"the man with the camera" by dziga vertov (a cinematographic masterpiece), around 1920.
all films by peter greenaway; remember "the cook, the thief, his wife and her lover", fantastic.
andrej tarkowskis films are very inspiring.
and of course "citizen kane" by orson welles.
all films by jim jarmush -> "down by law"
wong-kar wai is a genius. haven't seen the newest, but love it all.
takeshi kitano with sonatine, hanabi ...

all films by michael haneke "benny'video, funny games, le temps du loup, pianist",
and *click* yes, "the pianist" by roman polanski.

like also martial arts "hero, flying daggers, crouching tiger - hidden dragon, etc."

... uff, there are much more very inspiring movies i've not listed, by directors like ... kubrick, lynch, fassbinder, cronenberg, soderbergh, kiarostami, leigh, kazan, wilder, oshima, ...


04 April 2005, 09:34 PM
Immortal was very nifty, for the world and for the way they didn't even try for photorealism. The stylization worked surprisingly well.

04 April 2005, 07:50 PM
I hear you loud and clear, FABER. I think it's because Hollywood influence things too much. They only care about money and how much EYE CANDY there is in a film sacrificing the storytelling aspect of it and authenticity. But now more and more INDI FILMS are coming along and most of them are from different parts of the world. SIDEWAY is a freakin good movie. I love that film. Funny and very interesting and intellectual screen writting. Have you seen A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT by Jean Pierre Jaunet?

cheers y'all
THis is a very good thread :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

04 April 2005, 11:50 AM
thanks Arc80, I thought I was going to get flamed for saying that :) I must add, that many of my favorite movies are american but the frequency of the truly captivating movies from the US, to me has dropped considerately over the last decade. I think we get too many formula driven movies. here we say "form above content" (a direct translation from danish here..sorry), which means you have prioritized beauty/style/visual craftsmanship over content, which will never make anything outstanding for longer than it takes to say wow. basically I think we need more eccentric directors with a strong urge to imprint their personality on the body of work and tell stories in new ways. and a whole lot more..

I havent seen a very long engagement, but will look for it now. its always good to discover you missed a movie gem :D

05 May 2005, 01:28 PM
recently i had a chance to meet Kim Moon-Saeng, the korean director behind
Wonderful Days (2003), check it out. it's a futuristic 2D/3D movie, resembles
Ghost in Shell, but i think it's better visually :) (imho)
at first i didn't realize what they did exactly there, natural fx such as rain and clouds
were too good so to say, same thing with backgrounds and lights. later he showed
me how they did it - all the stuff he had on the background, all were models. they
built everything in yhe studio - amazing! took like 5 years to do it. and he had everything
as layers, he mixed footage of real rain with 2D, 3D.. etc. sometimes they had like 80 layers in inferno. editing alone took 8 months. scarce. budget was 20$ million. in the us market it's called skyblue i believe.

also, there's a really good french 3D movie coming out this year i believe called "reneissance", it's black and white and they are using motion capture.

05 May 2005, 09:03 PM
Wow, goddamnit!

That trailer is really friggin' good man! I can't believe I've never heard of it! Thx.

05 May 2005, 04:58 AM
The latest Ghost in the Shell just blows me away, that music!

The Incredibles, especially Edna Mold. "I never look in the past Darling, it distracts from the now." Who'd a thunk you'd get high camp from a mainstream studio?

Mullholland Drive with what has to be the most litteral line in movie history. I never did understand why it confused folks, made perfect sense to me. Got my blue key right here. And the folks at Lacan Ink had a field day with it.

The House of Flying Daggers, just stunning. and Takeshi Kaneshiro is to die for!

Kill Bill, that final sword fight at the house of blue leaves. I mean, like wow.

Spirited Away, just an incredibly inventive and poignant comming of age story.

Nausicaa , I WANT that glider of hers

Bambie, Still touches my heart

12 December 2005, 02:52 PM
So uh... :blush: seen any good movies lately? :D

12 December 2005, 03:26 PM
Un chien andalou I am not a fan of surrealism, but Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali teamed up to make this fantastic 1929 silent gem of ultra-creepiness. It inspires the "loose ends" of my mind.

Haxan This 1922 witchcraft "documentary" classic opened a realm within me of how beautiful the era's special effects were. This film, since first viewing it years ago as a young child on PBS, has influenced my "underworld" pieces.

Donnie Darko
Butterfly Effect
Fight Club These three films (just to list the top three) have attached themselves within my heart and psyche due to their eerie similiarities to my life and/or beliefs. I watch them to get my mind focused on a path of what it is that I should be creating. I guess you can say they are my Lithium on celluloid, even though the films are far from being slow-paced.

This list can go on and on. But, let's cut it to just these so we can jumpstart this thread back up. :thumbsup:

12 December 2005, 08:09 PM
Any Star Wars is an inspiration!

12 December 2005, 02:44 PM
Hey Haxan seems like a movie to see in the near future. I saw Un Chien Andalou, the opening scene grossed me out to be honest. Yuch... :hmm:

12 December 2005, 04:33 PM
Hey Haxan seems like a movie to see in the near future

Just be sure you view Haxan and not Witchcraft Thru the Ages, which is narrated by William S. Burroughs and has a cheesy score, typical for the jazzy 1968 time. I viewed that when it played on PBS the second time around (early eighties?) and it made me cringe. I now have the Criterion print which has both cuts. If you can get your hands on the Criterion at a viddy store, I say grab it. ;) They fixed it up pretty damn well.

12 December 2005, 07:46 PM
Criterion has a lot of great dvd releases I found. Most classics or historically important movies I saw on one of their DVD's. A browse through their catalogue would be an interesting starting point for anyone interested in the history of film btw.

Thanks Manifestant. :)

12 December 2005, 12:50 PM
The lord of the rings trilogy
Interview with the vampire
King Kong
The crow

12 December 2005, 02:36 PM
The lord of the rings trilogy
Interview with the vampire
King Kong
The crow

*snaps fingers and points*

Good call. The only anime that I truly love and has a terrific inspiring storyline. One of the best toons (that's not a musical) that I've ever seen.

12 December 2005, 04:24 PM
recently i liked gits "innocence" as a source of inspiration. not really comparable to the first one as a whole, but beautiful imagery and music. the character designs in corpse bride were awesome, as well.
other than that it seems most of my favourites have been mentioned already, so i'll make it short: "gattaca" has a very unique visual style, "city of the lost children" is great, too (don't miss out on "delicatessen" from the same guy, btw.).

01 January 2006, 02:03 AM
The films of Akira kurosawa
Donnie Darko

01 January 2006, 07:18 AM
Zardoz - such a unique and bizarre vision of the future

The Cell - unique and bizarre

Yellow Submarine - yeah, so I have a thing for unique and bizarre; wanna fight about it

The Dark Crystal

01 January 2006, 02:59 PM
I just watched "In Good Company".....and for some odd reason it made me forget about "King Kong"....but then I remembered the "Neverending Story" which made me think of "The Seven Samurai"

Then I realised honestly Calvin....your really ecelectic.

01 January 2006, 04:55 PM

LOL so there you are - the only other person in the world who saw that one! :D

Another sci fi oldie, that always makes me cry at the end - Silent Running, with Bruce Dern. Important message in it too, and the effects were great for the time.

01 January 2006, 01:19 PM
Halmat na borovinkite (
Man on the moon
Opasen char
Gospodin za edin den
21 grams
Big fish
the passion of the christ
and a lot more i can't remember now!

01 January 2006, 01:03 PM
The dolllar trilogy and mad max the road warrior to name a few.

01 January 2006, 02:10 PM
Wauw im pretty surprised that the alien movies are on so few lists. For me those movies are my biggest inspiration for all. Think about how cruxial the design was to make them work: On one hand you need a very realistic and gritty setting for the surroundings (space ships and space stations) to make them believeable. On the other hand you have Gigers amazing and almost abstract, yet believable biomechanical designs. Whithout those great designs the 4 movies would have been nothing.
(yes not all 4 movies are great movies, but they all have amazing designs imo)

Other movies that inspire me greatly are blade runner and robocop.

Movies mentioned here like Magnolia, Requiem, Donnie darko and Von Trier movies, are to me just fantastic movies, but not necessarily a big source of visual inspiration. :surprised

01 January 2006, 04:33 AM
Of course, the first Alien movie and Giger himself, greatly inspiring and influential to my young self... but I think many of us tend to avoid "me too" posts, it's been listed once, why keep repeating it. :)

01 January 2006, 05:58 AM
Ahh, Voices of a Distant Star...that was really inspiring, and then depressing after I had a stab at 2D animation and managed to create a 5-second movie. Eh.

Dark City is the best movie that I've ever seen that aired past midnight on TV. Really effective use of vfx, the shifting buildings were so creepy when I first saw them.

Related to films that don't use vfx/animation, if you've watched 21 Grams but haven't watched Amores Perros you should do so now. It's by the same director, I think? It's very sad at the end, though.

Good to hear people like Gattaca, we're doing it as our English film study for my final year :) So now I'm looking forward to it.

01 January 2006, 01:41 PM
At the moment i'm laying sick in bed with some gastic flu, so its movie time for me, rcently i;ve lost track of time and am not seeing as much movies as i used to. My mind is pretty weary with medicine and so all sorts of thoughts are going through it , can't really focus on anything really. But till i get back to normal, there is one movie that just has to be mentioned in this thread, its Dark COmical Script truly is the right medium for depicting its philosophy: The movie is "Fight Club",

Oh yeah and once you get passed the action and Amazing CG in The MAtrix and The Animatrix, it's concepts and philosophy are nevertheless always inspiring.

01 January 2006, 08:39 PM
Baraka, Blade Runner, Clockwork Orange.

01 January 2006, 11:27 AM
Vanilla sky! But it's probably the music..
Svefn-g-englar, by Sigur Ros, is wonderfull to paint to. The only problem is that it will only end in sad pictures. =P

01 January 2006, 04:53 PM
I can't remember all the movies that inspired me throughout my whole life, but I do remember these two :

Ten Minutes Older - The Trumpet
Ten Minutes Older - The Cello

10min long shots by the most famous directors around the world. I think that this was their chance to shoot their dream movies, however only 10mins long. Really recommend it.

Drag Tec
01 January 2006, 07:47 PM
Hero and House of flying daggers: incredible story telling and amazing use of color a must see (find my self watching it with out sound and still able to fell the emotions)

A Series of Unfortunate Events: very unique and strange movie find its a nice change of pace from time to time also credits are incredibly done

Memento: anther very original film and well told or hmm well replayed my be fits better

kingdom of heaven: incredible score and awesome audio effects all throw out the movie (its stated the best music dose not distract from the scene but make it fell alive)

Phantom of the Opera(the new release): very nice even some one such as my self that thought it would be slow torture to sit throw

Requiem for a dream: ...... that's one you just have to see

01 January 2006, 05:26 AM
I'd definitely go with "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST" for sheer emotional and symbolic visual artistry, and Hayao Miyazaki's "SPIRITED AWAY". Spirited Away is one of those movies that I can just leave running in the background as I paint, it's freaky and imaginative and just blows away the artists' blocks for me. More picks...

Lost in Translation

House of Flying Daggers

Raiders of the Lost Ark (classic)

01 January 2006, 12:40 AM
Lots of movies have inspired me in various stages and moods
Top of the list is always
Shashank redemption,
then Seven Samurai,
Forrest Gump,
Apocalypse Now,
Children of Heaven,
Full Metal Jacket,
American Beauty
Taxi Driver
Batman Begins
Green Mile
A very long engagement (amazing cinematography)

01 January 2006, 12:50 AM
My aesthetic sense was very influeced by Blade Runner and Full Metal Jacket, also a little from Star Wars ep. IV.
I think that my inspiration comes from the feelings, the mood and the atmosphere in that movies.

But, looking at other people inspiration, I think that lately more and more people is starting to inspire from the same sources, and that critically affects the works seen lately in CGTalk.

01 January 2006, 06:24 AM
Ohhh...there are loads of great movies out there...I really enjoy foriegn movies, and these have been the most inspiring for me:
-Fantastic Planet
-City of Lost Children
-Amelie (for the music! Yay for Yann Tiersen!)
-Howl's Moving Castle
-Tezuka's Metropolis
I don't really consider Howl's Moving Castle to be that great of a movie story-wise, you need to read the book to get the full experience. But visually it has to be one of the most mind blowing movies I've ever seen. Miyazaki never ceases to please...

01 January 2006, 09:57 AM
Yeah, I watched howl's moving castle and I couldn't get it at all. Eventually I just sat back and enjoyed the art and it was really good that way :p

It may have been poor subtitling though.

01 January 2006, 06:15 PM
Do Ankhen Barah Haath(India: Hindi title)---

Lagaan(India: Hindi title) (short title)
Land Tax (International: English title)---

Rang De Basanti---A thought-provoking, soul-stirring wake up call to the youth of India. An engrossing entertainer from a genre that’s still young in Indian cinema.

Fifth Element, Matrix Trilogy, LOTR...and many more which are not only great inspiration for art but also have to say a lot about great values in life.:bowdown:

01 January 2006, 06:58 PM
Some oldie but goodies

-Hunt for the Red October
-The Exorcist
-Rosemary's Baby
-Blade Runner

Ill name more soon.


01 January 2006, 10:56 PM
Most of the Coen brothers movies. The writing is incredible!

Every line from "The Big Lebowski" is quotable.
"Barton Fink" is a dark masterpiece.
"Raising Arizona" is one of the most intelligent comedies of all time.
"O'Brother" is possibly my favorite movie of all time.
"The man who wasn't there" is a film Noir work of genius.

For some reason "Hudsucker Proxie" didn't work for me.

01 January 2006, 03:37 PM
Fantastic Planet!

01 January 2006, 05:59 PM
There is so much wondeful influence out there, so many movies.
I'd almost have to break down by era and genre.
Thinking back to Westerns, Leone is a sinch with the Eastwood films.
Same with Peckinpah, specifically with the Wild Bunch, and Pat Garret and Billy the Kid.
From Italy, I'd say the Franco Nero movies, specifically Django.
We did a good job with our Sphagetti Westerns, but we took them from Italy, and
they really had a style and passion we were entirely able to completely replicate.
There are so many Italian Westerns filled with amazing imagery, but the Django
Westerns are up there for me.
With fantasty films, I remember growing up and seeing Boorman's Excalibur, I have to see it nowadays to see if it still inspires me like it did back than.
And when i was a kid, oh man, Krull was it, that spinning blade was the coolest.
There were so many Sword and Sorcery movies back in the 80's that I just absolutely loved.
Ridley Scott really took charge of the whole sci fi fantasy genre in the 80's.
Even with Tom Cruise, Legend is still one of my faves. And Blade Runner too.
I also find Terry Gilliam to be an amazing director. Thinking back to the late 70's early 80's I distinctly remember Alien, Time Bandits, and Brazil. And in the 90's 12 Monkeys, and in the 70's Jabberwocky. In between were some other "cult faves" like Baron Munchasen and the Monty Python films. James Cameron, Terminator and Aliens.
Paul Verhoven, even if he's lost his touch now. Robocop was amazing for me.
I really enjoy Tony Scott's work, he went from blockbusters like Top Gun and Beverly
Hills Cop 2, to mroe stylized fare such as Man on Fire and Domino, which feature a new directorial style. It's not for everyone, but I like how he's just doing something different.
With horror, oh my goodness, there is just so much. I am huge Giallo nut. Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Luigi Fulci, all the great masters of horror from Europe. I also love the
old Hammer stuff. In America, there's just a ton of directors and creators whom I enjoy.
Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, Sean Cunningham, John Carpenter, Don Coscarelli, Sam Raimi just to name a few. Maybe the slashers became derivative, but Cunningham's first outing with Friday the 13th was an original, as was the first Nightmare on Elm Street, and I also enjoyed many other Craven films like Serpent and the Rainbow. John Carpenter, what an amazing director, with his own unique soundtracks even. Halloween is the easy one to say, and Escape from NY, but there really weren't many Carpenter films I disliked, until the later years. Coscarelli's Phantasm was an amazing original, and I used to love those Beastmaster films when I was a kid(Yes I know, cheesy cheesy) The rest of my choices are pretty obvious.
I really enjoyed Donnie Darko, and I'm interested in Richard Kelley's next project Southland tales. And I'm also eager to see Lucky Mckee's next film, May was a bit
distrubing, but also fantastic.
Right now, I'm turning towards France and Japan, they are kicking our ass cinematically.
Christophe Gans, Le Pacte De Loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf). Haute Tension/Switchblade Romance . And Luc Besson is the man. I wish they could bring Banlieue 13 to the states, just saw that recently too. But I like so many of the films he has directed and written.
I just saw Empire of the Wolf, great movie, there is such passion and style and originality in the films coming out of France that we simply lack. And the same goes for some of the movies coming out of Japan. I recently imported a film called Casshern, oh man, it's AMAZING, shot by a commercial director from Japan, using tons of CG, and it so wonderfully uses CG with live action, it's a great movie to watch.
Oh man, there are so many films that have created so much influence for me, so many films that I remember, scene by scene even! I guess this is a start.

02 February 2006, 10:03 AM
Amelie was a great movie that inspired me to have more unique and interesting elements in stories/art. Plus the uber cool usage of red and green (and the occassional blue) colours in their scenes. :D

Hmm, other movies such as Underworld, Pirates of the Caribbean inspires me in the fashion and location area. They made me want to experiment more with different era costumes and places.

All sorts of movies that I've watched have inspired me in many different ways. The themed music will give me a sort of feeling to draw something in particular, and to affect the background and colours the drawing is to be in.

02 February 2006, 02:58 PM
I thought 'The thin red line' was an especially beautiful film, inspiring cinematography and the connection between man and nature was really interesting... definately a piece of art in my opinion.

I highly recommend to you Malick's latest work, "The New World." It's sheer beauty and detachment from conventional film making blew me away.

vfx fan
02 February 2006, 08:44 PM
The "Doom" movie inspired me to dream up a remake of that film that is of conceptually higher quality... Like maybe it'll actually involve opening the gates of Hell! Or maybe it'll have a cast that can act.

The film also inspired me to never see a movie with The Rock again.

(As a fan of the computer games, I own the movie more out of obligation than enjoyment.)

01 January 2007, 11:42 AM
Here's some you propably wanna check out:

-Excalibur (Great mystic atmosphere. Kinda feels more like an opera than a movie)
-The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Weird movie. Someone smarter should tell whether it's brilliant or total rubbish)
-Saving Private Ryan (Technically stunning piece. Pretty much redefined the whole visual style of WWII genre, especially in games)
-Being John Malkovich (Very unique and wacky)
-Lawrence of Arabia (Great scenery!)
-The Prisoner tv-series
-Carnivale tv-series

02 February 2007, 12:09 AM
Excelent thread first of all.
Mine would be:
Regarding aestethics:
-Absolutely EVERYTHING by Ken Russell
-Anything By Gilliam: Specially, Brazil and Tideland
-Old Sci-fi: The day the Earth Stood Still, The Thing From Another world (and Carpenter´s Remake of course), The Blob (OMG is that Steve McQueen??), Invasion of the body snatchers.
-Tetsuo (iron man)
-A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Oddisey
-La cité des enfants perdues & Delicatessen
-Greenaway and LOTS of Greenaway: The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover; The belly of the architect, Prospero´s Books (just amazing), M is for Man, Music, Mozart (absolutely gorgeous)... Well Just Greenaway, he never ceases to amaze me.
-Italian Neorealism (just plain realistic depictions of life)
-American 70s and early 80s Slasher films
-Almost anything featuring Vincent Price And Karloff
-George A. Romero´s films
-Sin city
-De Palma´s Phantom of the Paradise
-Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal
-I´m loving what i´ve seen so far about Grindhouse (Tarantino, Rodriguez) Although i don´t particularly like Tarantino that much.
-Jan Svankmajer

-Gilliam, Russell and Greenaway again.
-Truffaut, specially Les Quatrecents Coups
-Back to Russell: The Demons, this one was heavily censored and WB aparently wants to cast it into Oblivion, but watching it in it´s full, uncut splendor is just breath taking. This movie is a MUST, although i understand that Russell can be hard to watch for many people, not because of his movies being intellectualy chalenging (sometimes they can be at some degree) but for the use of constant metaphors, oppresing atmospheres, and what might be considered by some excesive nudity. I´m not judging Russell nor the people who hate him, don´t get me worng.
-L´anne derniere á Marienbad
-Fata Morgana
-Dans Ma Peau (it´s becoming a critical piece in my personal favorites)
-La Pianiste
-La Strada, 8 e mezzo, Amarcord.... Let´s just say Fellini.
-La grande bouffe
-Visconti, Rissi...
-Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
-Dario Argento

Guilty Pleasures:
Low budget, Extremely bloody and gory B-Movies, exploitation Movies, RUSS MEYER (yeah, i know), John Waters´ Pink Flamingos (delightfull), Old Horror Movies, anything by Ed Wood....

I could go on and on forever, so i´m just gonna end it here.

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