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Old 10-16-08, 09:15 AM
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Not nature movies, but what are some good movies that exhibit nature beautifully?

I wish I could watch Baraka, Latcho Drom or Powaqqatsi all the time, but the lack of storyline prevents me to do so. What are some regular movies that are really in touch and connected with and really show off great cinematography of earth, nature, mountains, ice, ocean, the world, etc?

These are the only ones that I can think of off the top of my head:

THE NEW WORLD
THE FALL
POINT BREAK
CROUTCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
NEVER CRY WOLF
APOCALYPSE NOW
THE BEAR
NOWHERE IN AFRICA
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE
JEAN DE FLORETTE/MANON OF THE SPRING
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
VALLEY OF FLOWERS
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I wish I could watch Baraka, Latcho Drom or Powaqqatsi all the time, but the lack of storyline prevents me to do so. What are some regular movies that are really in touch and connected with and really show off great cinematography of earth, nature, mountains, ice, ocean, the world, etc?

These are the only ones that I can think of off the top of my head:

THE NEW WORLD
THE FALL
POINT BREAK
CROUTCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
NEVER CRY WOLF
APOCALYPSE NOW
THE BEAR
NOWHERE IN AFRICA
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE
JEAN DE FLORETTE/MANON OF THE SPRING
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
VALLEY OF FLOWERS
interesting that you'd list that, where alot of the story revolves around and in the city. 'Nausicaa' and 'My Neighbor Totoro' have more outdoor settings. Even the brief animated moment in 'Spirited Away' where the protagonists ride the train is beautiful and evocative.

I thought the scenery for 'Fly Away Home' (while it was primarily in the air, the overhead shots of nature) were breathtaking.

other films:

1492
Scent of the Green Papya
Tropical Malady
Blissfully Yours
Atanarjuat
The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey
The Poinstman
The Descent
Milo and Otis
Apocalypto

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Although I have only caught bits of the movie here and there, how about Into the Wild?
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interesting that you'd list that, where alot of the story revolves around and in the city. 'Nausicaa' and 'My Neighbor Totoro' have more outdoor settings. Even the brief animated moment in 'Spirited Away' where the protagonists ride the train is beautiful and evocative.

I thought the scenery for 'Fly Away Home' (while it was primarily in the air, the overhead shots of nature) were breathtaking.

other films:

1492
Scent of the Green Papya
Tropical Malady
Blissfully Yours
Atanarjuat
Microcosmos
The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey
The Poinstman
The Descent
Milo and Otis
That's funny that you said The Descent, because I totally thought of this one as well...The Descent is one of the best recent horror films that I've seen, I just wished it was more psychological/claustraphobic-centric than the fantastical way it turned
Spoiler:
not crazy about those creatures
, in which it could have been totally realistic...I even thought about putting TURISTOS on the list - another decent horror flick with some great filmed water/cave claustraphobia scenes.

Concerning Kiki's Delivery Service, the type of areas (country, city, forest)that they show in this movie is my idea of heaven on earth. I could definitely add more Ghibli films to the list...
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Anything by Terrence Malick. You mentioned the New World already, but I would include his other films as well, which include:

Badlands
Days of Heaven
Thin Red Line
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Originally Posted by clckworang View Post
Anything by Terrence Malick.


I clicked on this thread to post this exact same thing.
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That's funny that you said The Descent, because I totally thought of this one as well...The Descent is one of the best recent horror films that I've seen, I just wished it was more psychological/claustraphobic-centric than the fantastical way it turned
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not crazy about those creatures
, in which it could have been totally realistic...I even thought about putting TURISTOS on the list - another decent horror flick with some great filmed water/cave claustraphobia scenes.

Concerning Kiki's Delivery Service, the type of areas (country, city, forest)that they show in this movie is my idea of heaven on earth. I could definitely add more Ghibli films to the list...
I agree, the city, the lake's, trains, the forests... I'd just want a broom to fly around everywhere
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I'm suprised nobody's listed Into the Wild yet.
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I'm suprised nobody's listed Into the Wild yet.
check post #3
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You may think I'm joking, but I was always amazed by the footage shot in Grizzly Man
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You may think I'm joking, but I was always amazed by the footage shot in Grizzly Man
I just remember all the bugs - ack!
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I was going to post The New World.

Just to add, I always liked the way both Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven. Kingdom of Heaven has some of the nicest snow scenes ever filmed.
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It may have been studios/matte paintings, but I loved the the nature shots from
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes - the mixing of the on location shots with the volcano in the distance at the end - wow, it was epic watching it on DC's Uptown's screen.

2003's 'Off the Map' made me want to move to New Mexico - beautiful scenery/cinematography.

Jean Renoir's 'The River'

'Before the Rains' - the cinematography is breathtaking, the plot ultra contrived.

'Knife in the Water'

'Dreams' (Kurosawa)

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Here's a couple more that may qualify:

No Country for Old Men
House of Flying Daggers

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since 'House of Flying Daggers' and 'Crouching Tiger' were mentioned how about 'Hero' - with the fight scene over the lake and between the trees - oh I sooo want this on bluray!
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Originally Posted by clckworang View Post
Anything by Terrence Malick.
you beat me to it.

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Aguirre, The Wrath of God
another excellent choice.
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First movie I thought of:

A River Runs Through It

Second:

The Thin Red Line
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Star Wars Episode III. Do you guys remember those awesome planets and what about the final battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan. The real fire is mindblowing.
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