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10 Visually Stunning Movies

February 16th 2017 | Published By P. Bateman

10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

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This is directed by Wes Anderson, enough said.


9. City Of God

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City Of God is set from the 60′s to 80′s in the slums of Rio De Janeiro, the film follows two boys from a young age who take different paths in life, one becomes a photographer and the other a drug dealer. This film has everything from a gripping story to incredible cinematography. The film received worldwide critical acclaim, receiving four Academy Award nominations in 2004 including one for best cinematography.


8. Ex Machina 

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This film was released in 2015 and is the directorial debut for Alex Garland, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac & Alicia Vikander. Ex Machina received critical acclaim for its acting, atmosphere, special effects, score and Garland’s writing and direction.


7. Midnight In Paris

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Directed by Woody Allen, this films tells the story of a struggling writer, Gil Pender. After becoming lost in Paris, at midnight an older looking car pulls up and transports him back to the 20′s where he meets all the legends like the Fitzgeralds, Hemingway, Dali, the Wright Brothers and many more. Woody Allens perfectly captures the atmosphere of the roaring 20′s in Paris. 


6. Amélie

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Set in Montmartre, Paris. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. The film was a critical and box office success, it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including one for Best Cinematography. 


5. Lost In Translation

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Directed by Sofia Coppola and set in Tokyo, Japan, It stars Bill Murray as an aging actor, who befriends lonely college graduate Charlotte played by Scarlett Johannsen. Both are going through a state of uncertainty, with Bob going through a midlife crisis and Charlotte not sure she made the right decision marrying her husband.  This film is absolutely beautiful to watch.


4. The Revenant

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Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, with Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, Birdman) in charge of cinematography, this film is truly a masterpiece. Shot with 97% natural light, in 12 locations across 3 countries. This film tells the story of fur tradesmen, Hugh Glass who left for dead by his company. It follows him fighting for survival and revenge. This film was the witness of more than one type of love being ignited the night I first watched it, one of them being Lubezki’s work.


3. Cafe Society

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Another directed by Woody Allen, this film perfectly captures the toxic society of Hollywood in the 30′s. If Woody Allen is good for anything, it’s throwing his nostalgia for past times on film and getting it spot on, His colour palette really shows the vibrant life of the Hollywood Elite.


2. Into The Wild

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Directed by Sean Penn, this film tells the story of Christoper McCandless who at the age of 22, after just graduating from college revolts against the conformity of life and sets out to travel around the states and then eventually he chooses to relocate to Alaska where he truly is living in the wild. This film really captures the free spirit of McCandless and highlights the search for happiness in life. 


1. Drive

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Saving the best for last, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn, this tells the story of an LA stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver and his story as he inevitably falls for the girl next door. The attention to detail to the composition and cinematography is mind blowing. Also, the soundtrack is a perfect compliment to the beauty of the film. If you haven’t seen this, you should probably watch it right now. If you have seen it, watch it again.

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