The most visually stunning films

Discussion in 'Mayberry Lounge' started by MC OverPressure, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Listening In

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    31,352
    Likes Received:
    16,858
    CGI ultimately benefits from good taste as well although a lot of the work in LOTR was sets, minatures, etc. I mean Jackson wasn't making some arthouse feature but shots like this surely deserve respect...

     
    D3THRONED likes this.
  2. MC OverPressure

    MC OverPressure America needs less compassion and more traitors

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2015
    Messages:
    47,086
    Likes Received:
    66,232
    Location:
    Approximate
    Absolutely, It wasn't simply locations, Jackson made gorgeous films despite what he did to Tolkien's work.
     
  3. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Listening In

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    31,352
    Likes Received:
    16,858
    I actually think the key to Jacksons success is he correctly understood that a lot of the appeal of Tolkien isn't just in the complexity of his myth making/world building but in his ability to create atmosphere. So a lot of the time whilst your dealing with a simplified story the films do capture the atmosphere of the books very effectively, helped of course by using Alan Lee and John Howe as designers.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2018
    GtehMVP and MC OverPressure like this.
  4. MC OverPressure

    MC OverPressure America needs less compassion and more traitors

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2015
    Messages:
    47,086
    Likes Received:
    66,232
    Location:
    Approximate
    ... he ass-raped the books.
    I've read them all multiple times since I was a kid.

    By the end of Towers, I didn't have much interest in ROTK.
    The Hobbit movies looked fucking awful in the trailers and I knew it wasn't for me.
     
  5. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Listening In

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    31,352
    Likes Received:
    16,858
    So have I but I'm fine with the films which I think capture the atmosphere/spirit and most importantly work independently of them,

    The Hobbit films I think basically looked for a style halfway between the LOTR films and the more childiike style of the book.
     
  6. MC OverPressure

    MC OverPressure America needs less compassion and more traitors

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2015
    Messages:
    47,086
    Likes Received:
    66,232
    Location:
    Approximate
    *Radagast and SuperLegolas*

    The childlike style of the book was exactly why it shouldn't have been bloated into a three film, characters invented and story altered mess. The movies looked terrible and I wouldn't want to stain the happy memories I have of the book with watching what it became onscreen.

    But I'm not on subject anymore!
     
  7. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Listening In

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    31,352
    Likes Received:
    16,858
    1-2 Legolas scenes going a bit far was one of the minor problems I had with Jacksons films although I think banter with Gimli was generally good, pretty similar to the relationship in the book but updated a little without becoming too meta/crass.

    Honestly I think any Hobbit adaptation was always on a bit of a hiding to nothing, the source material is both familiar in events(mirroring a lot of the LOTR plot, rivendel, orc filled caves, mysterious forests, etc) meaning it has the potential to be overly familar but also vastly different in the tone expected by audiences pf his LOTR films, at the end of the day I think Jackson made the best of it and came up with films inbetween the extremes that were rather uneven(such as radagast) but effective in places.

    Probably the best way to do the Hobbit would have been a production totally indepednant of Jacksons LOTR many years latter although even that would have to deal with the book being very dense in terms of events with the potential to sprall when adapted to screen.
     
    MC OverPressure likes this.
  8. Stranger Come Knocking

    Stranger Come Knocking Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Messages:
    6,748
    Likes Received:
    5,975
    Location:
    Brooklyn
    Watched a few Takeshi Miike films lately. Blade of the Immortal was awesome. Gonna check out Izo soon.
     
    Zer likes this.
  9. rearnakedchoke

    rearnakedchoke Suck it!

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2006
    Messages:
    11,455
    Likes Received:
    6,698
    Location:
    Hawaii
    Thats the one! Haha
     
  10. Jack Reacheround

    Jack Reacheround Never Go Black

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2004
    Messages:
    27,401
    Likes Received:
    18,373
    Location:
    In your blind spot
    There was a scene in Django Unchained where they were in the snow with the mountains as a backdrop. It was absolutely gorgeous.
     
  11. JC Komo

    JC Komo Amateur Fighter

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Messages:
    4,740
    Likes Received:
    3,079
    Location:
    511 Kinderheim
    I watched The Book of Life on LSD, that was a fucking ride.
     
    LHWBelt likes this.
  12. pookiyama

    pookiyama Green Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,291
    Likes Received:
    1,251
    Grand Budapest Hotel
     
  13. HHJ

    HHJ Plutonium Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2004
    Messages:
    60,223
    Likes Received:
    38,903
    Location:
    NYC
    [​IMG]
     
    Cint and europe1 like this.
  14. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Listening In

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    31,352
    Likes Received:
    16,858
    I'm supprised 13 Assassins isn't more popular on Sherdog.
     
  15. Zer

    Zer Gold Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2010
    Messages:
    20,406
    Likes Received:
    48,512
    I don't always like his films but they're almost always value for money (Not that I technically buy them all but you know what I mean). Dead or Alive is probably my favourite of his. Stuff like Full Metal Yakuza and Gozu are also great
     
  16. Zer

    Zer Gold Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2010
    Messages:
    20,406
    Likes Received:
    48,512
    Glad someone gave a shoutout to Ran. It's my GOAT film so I feel like an asshole that I didn't

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Rozko and iThrillhouse like this.
  17. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Listening In

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    31,352
    Likes Received:
    16,858
    Another one that I rarely see mentioned is Asif Kapadia's(of Senna fame) The Warror, definitely brings Lawrence of Arabia to mind..

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Drain Bamage

    Drain Bamage Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2017
    Messages:
    2,923
    Likes Received:
    3,266
    Forgot about this one, suprisingly awesome movie
     
    BobSappIsMyDad likes this.
  19. pookiyama

    pookiyama Green Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,291
    Likes Received:
    1,251
    Easy Top 25 Film of this Decade.
     
  20. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Listening In

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    31,352
    Likes Received:
    16,858
    Personally I felt it was a great example of a leftfield film maker producing something more mainstream whilst retaining his edge with characters like Shinrokurō, Naritsugu and Koyata and indeed the general anti establishment tone.

    Looked excellent as well, especially the travel though the woodlands.
     

Share This Page