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Old 01-19-06, 07:26 PM
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What are the most stylish movies you have seen?

Films today seem to have style as their ultimate goal with substance left on the back burner. There are a rare number of films that possess both of these components, but the majority suffer from being all flash. However, despite how unsatisfying these films may be... They sure look good and are fun to watch!

Most of these films feature unique camera, sound, and editing effects which are there for no real artistic purpose (most of the time) other than to make the audience say, "That was cool!" Such examples are freeze frames, slow motion, speed ups, jump cuts, and a host of other tricks.

Though they may not be films you may want to analyze and get a richer experience out of, they are films that are good for those days when you just need something to wow you with it's cool style.

Some stylish films I can think of:

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
Snatch
Revolver
Sexy Beast
Gangster No. 1
Time and Tide
Buffalo Soldiers
11:14
Formula 51
Rules of Attraction
Killing Zoe
Layer Cake
Ravenous
Who is Cletis Tout?
Stander
Trainspotting
Shallow Grave


Now many of these films I listed happened to possess smarts with their flashy exterior which leads to a most highly enjoyable experiece that can be repeated multiple times.

What are some of the films you find very stylish?
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The only good movie with JLo: Out of Sight is one that comes immediately to mind for being flashy, stylish fun more than storyline; I guess you could say the same thing for Ocean's 11, although the lack of substance may wear thin for the sequels...
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Baz Luhrman's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet is a personal "stylish" fave.
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City of God

Rumble Fish

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

American Splendor

... And I guess 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind'
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Love it or hate it but first movie I thought of was The Cell.

I also thought of Requiem for a Dream
Old 01-19-06, 09:09 PM
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I'm not sure I understand the question/request here. Style over substance, or films that intergrate style well into the overall film, even if it's not a great movie?
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"Domino" Horrible. Entertainment Weekly said something along the lines of "The filmstock had more fun than the actors." My sentiments exactly.

"Poolhall Junkies" I don't think we've heard the last of Mars Callahan ... Oh, wait. We did.

"Moulin Rouge" Movie made me want to shoot the DVD player.

I liked "Snatch" the first time, but it makes me sick now. Same with "Lock, Stock ..."

These films are style over substance, for sure.
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Got four directors (and and writers) here - and all of their pieces are very stylish and polished. VERY difficult to pick a favorite:

1. Luc Besson - Fifth Element, Leon the Professional
2. Quentin Tarantino - Kill Bill V. 1 & 2, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, et al.
3. Jean-Pierre Jeunet - Amelie, City of Lost Children
4. Akira Kurosawa - Rashomon, Throne of Blood, Ran, et al.

Love all four. Each of those movies are a feast for the eyes and imagination - and for the majority are as rich in story and dialogue as they are cinematographal wonders.
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City of God --the greatest stylish film of all time.
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I am quite impressed with Christopher Doyle's cinematography (Kar Wai Wong films)- he makes the ordinary look spectacular.
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I thought that Pulp Fiction was very slick. The whole movie had such a pizazz to it. Not a pretty "fashionable" but it was very entertaining visually and mentally.
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Originally Posted by Giles
I'm not sure I understand the question/request here. Style over substance, or films that intergrate style well into the overall film, even if it's not a great movie?
I don't understand either. I'm not arguing with anybody's picks, but I don't see how you can mention Christopher Doyle in the same thread as an Uwe Boll film.
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Titus (just about as visually amazing as you can get IMO)
Across the Universe
Marie Antoinette
Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, ...Mr. Vengeance
Black Book
Alexander
Kwaidan
Life Aquatic, Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore
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Originally Posted by Giles
I am quite impressed with Christopher Doyle's cinematography (Kar Wai Wong films)- he makes the ordinary look spectacular.
Chungking Express & Fallen Angels are both my favorite films of all time. Stylish and just absolutely hypnotic.
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Hackers
Spun
Zoolander
The Crow
The Island
Swordfish
Groove
Mortal Kombat
The Lost Boys
Dirty Dancing
Demolition Man
The Saint
The Bone Collector
Gladiator
Bad Boys (1995)
Hannibal
Underworld
Van Helsing
Saw
Constantine
Snakes on a Plane
300
Grindhouse
The Replacement Killers

The list could go on and on
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Actor or set driven style ....

Bittersweet Life (and substance - phenomenal film)
Bloody Ties
Public Enemy I or II
Versus
Full Contact
Sharkskin Man and Peach Hip Girl
Hanzo the Razor films ..

Most Guy Ritchie films ..

Most Sonny Chiba films ..

Most Fukasaku Yakuza films ..

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Let us not forget the past:

Josef Von Sternberg
Ernst Lubitsch

Here are two filmmakers who expertly used style to build substance.
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Originally Posted by visitor Q
Actor or set driven style ....
Visitor, I'm glad you mentioned some Asian films here as many of them are truly stylish. 3-Iron and Tale of Two Sisters come to mind first.
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