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  04 April 2005
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.

Phew.

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.

Phew

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.

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  04 April 2005
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.
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  04 April 2005
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.
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  04 April 2005
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 ( 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
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

Ronin

Willow

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)
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  04 April 2005
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

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
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),
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  04 April 2005
Originally Posted by Enayla: 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.


OHMYGODTHEREISAMOVIE?

*breathe*

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
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.
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  04 April 2005
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
That was some interesting reading on Barry Lyndon. I've seen the other movies you pointed out but not Barry Lyndon. Thanks.
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  04 April 2005
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 (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.
 
  04 April 2005
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)
  • "Robocop"
  • "Starship Troopers"
  • All the "Star Wars" films, including the prequels
  • Disney animated films (where the women are like Viagra! )
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  04 April 2005
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 Crow..it 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 Baraka..it got no plot..it'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
http://www.spiritofbaraka.com/baraka.aspx
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  04 April 2005
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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.
 
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