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#1 andrew heggli

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 09:04 PM

Which movie in the past couple of years do you personally think is the most beautiful? in other words eye-pleasing?

I am stuck between two movies that i really loved (both storywise and especially when it comes to the cinematography), I know they (storywise) might not be up everyones alley, but i think everyone (more or less) would agree that the cinematography is inspiring!

The two movies I'm talking about are "Perfume: The story of a murderer" and "Memoirs of a geisha". The lighting in these movies, the colours, the camera movement and angles were all brilliant in my opinion. Just two movies that stuck in my mind.

Well, how about everybody else? Which movie pleased your eyes?

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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 10:58 PM

So, so, so many. My DVD collection is full of movies that exhibit great cinematography despite being only mediocre films, and is embarrassingly lean on great films that exhibit "ordinary" cinematograhy...

For visual favorites, I always come back to Snow Falling on Cedars. For some reason I put in Hannibal a lot, just for the lighting...

It's funny you mention Memoirs; the film was too beautiful throughout that it kind of took me out of the story, away from the hardship of the girl's upbringing. But I do own a copy just because it's so beautiful ;)
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#3 Josh Brokenbourgh

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 12:12 AM

I understand what you mean by too beautiful- If you look at the color and tone in Scarface it's pastels and soft- so it juxtaposes the action and dialog. But that isn't as recent- I really like the way the camera moves in Waiting. And also like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for light.
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#4 andrew heggli

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 06:06 AM

I can also understand what you mean when you say it was too beautiful, but i think that could also help the story in that even though everything on the outside is perfect, they had real problems on the inside, and though one of the geisha (Li Gong), hatsumomo, was beautiful her beauty was the opposite of her personality.

I haven't seen Snow Falling on Cedars, but I will make sure I see it very soon!

In Scarface (though its ages since I've seen it) I think the colours were also pastels and soft because of the clothes they wore at that time. I havne't seen Waiting either, but i will make sure i see it!

Thanks for the replies!
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#5 Nate Downes

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 09:43 AM

I have a soft spot for Hero and for Ran for colors.
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#6 andrew heggli

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 10:06 AM

I also liked Hero, interesting use of colour, though i felt it could be a bit much at times.
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#7 Chris Keth

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:19 PM

The Prestige was beautiful and a really excellent movie on the whole, so it takes the cake for me for the last year or so.
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#8 Tom Lowe

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 11:58 PM

The New World, followed by 2046.
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#9 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 07:42 AM

road to perdition and the fellowship of the ring
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 03:35 PM

onyl seen the trailer to 2046 but yeah it looks like a beautiful film, gonna have to catch that one too. fellowship of the ring is also a classic, andrew (he has my name! lol) lesnie did a great job.
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#11 Marc Levy

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 10:31 PM

The New World is the first film I thought of.
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#12 Michael Nash

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 01:39 AM

The New World, followed by 2046.


If you liked 2046, check out In The Mood For Love (if you haven't already). And if you like Malick, Days of Heaven is hard to beat.

But of course this list could go on and on and on...
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#13 Patrick Cooper

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 04:34 AM

The Thin Red Line

Lord of the Rings
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#14 Tom Lowe

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 09:24 AM

If you liked 2046, check out In The Mood For Love (if you haven't already). And if you like Malick, Days of Heaven is hard to beat.


Indeed. In the Mood for Love is one of my alltime favorites and ranks very high on my alltime best cinematography list. Days of Heaven is #3 on my list.

This list was asking for recent pics, though, so I didn't mention In the Mood.

Edited by Tom Lowe, 01 August 2007 - 09:25 AM.

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#15 Jamie Metzger

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 02:06 AM

Children of men. In a not-so-straight-forward-meaning-of-beautiful-way.
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#16 Mariano Nante

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:03 PM

"The New World", then "Last Days".
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#17 Ken Cangi

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 09:04 AM

The Painted Veil and Blood Diamond were two visually attractive movies to me.
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#18 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 01:59 PM

memiors of a giesha, no doubt about that one.
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#19 Tom Lowe

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 11:33 AM

memiors of a giesha, no doubt about that one.


are we talking strictly beautiful cinematography, or are you including art direction, costumes, etc?
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#20 Dan Goulder

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 12:30 PM

Although not a recent film, Amadeus still ranks as one of the best looking films of all time. Credit goes to set design, as well as costuming.
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