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#1 Edited by Aegon (5377 posts) -

I enjoy me some deliciously well done cinematography. Are there any films that stand out in this respect? Also, particular filming techniques that you like can be mentioned, such as the hitchcockian dolly zoom.

  
#2 Posted by ThePickle (4153 posts) -

There Will Be Blood.

#3 Edited by bushpusherr (760 posts) -

The Shawshank Redemption. There are like 6 scenes in that movie at the same cafeteria table, and none of them are shot the same way.

#4 Posted by FunkasaurasRex (847 posts) -

[Insert Kubrick film here]

#5 Posted by jeffrud (382 posts) -

CHILDREN OF MEN.

#6 Posted by Xtrememuffinman (958 posts) -

Anything by Edgar Wright or Christopher Nolan.
 
And I'm sure I'll get a bunch of shit for saying it, but...
Zach Snyder- including Sucker Punch.

#7 Edited by Aegon (5377 posts) -
@ThePickle said:

There Will Be Blood.

One of my top two movies.  
 
  @jeffrud said:

CHILDREN OF MEN.

I know why you're mentioning that.  
  
#8 Edited by ImmortalSaiyan (4674 posts) -

Enter the Void is incredible in that respect. Such a great movie from a visual standpoint.

#9 Posted by leinad44 (503 posts) -

Battlefield Earth

#10 Posted by TheKramer89 (422 posts) -

Irreversible. That movie has some extremely impressive camera work.

#11 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4674 posts) -

@TheKramer89 said:

Irreversible. That movie has some extremely impressive camera work.

I really want to see that movie as it is by the director who filmed the movie I mentioned. Clearly the dude has skill. I heard some things about that movie. Sounds very hard to watch.

#12 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5179 posts) -

Road to Perdition is probably the best I can think of; but in no particular order: The Grey, Hanna, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Heat, Public Enemies, Once Upon A Time in America, Cowboys and Aliens, Unforgiven, Shawshank Redemption, The American, Cidade de Deus, Inception, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Once Upon a Time in the West, Taxi Driver, Seven Samurai, Terminator 2, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, The Dark Knight, Memento, The Prestige, Oldboy, Way of the Gun, Deer Hunter, The Professional, Mystic River, The Outlaw Josey Wales, the Untouchables, 3:10 to Yuma and the Shining... Do you like it?

#13 Edited by eskimo (473 posts) -

Koyaanisqatsi

Citizen Kane

#14 Posted by captain_clayman (3318 posts) -

The Shining comes to mind.

#15 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3721 posts) -

I love Michael Mann in particular for this.

#16 Edited by Pr1mus (3779 posts) -

Road to Perdition also gets my vote.

Lost in Translation, Miami Vice and Skyfall also have a beautiful cinematography.

#17 Posted by Pr1mus (3779 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads: I literally flipped a coin between Collateral and Miami Vice before seeing your post because i didn't want to name two from the same director! :D

#18 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1831 posts) -

Saving Private Ryan.

Stay.

#19 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3721 posts) -

@Pr1mus said:

@ArtisanBreads: I literally flipped a coin between Collateral and Miami Vice before seeing your post because i didn't want to name two from the same director! :D

Guy is a genius. I didn't even like Miami Vice but it was beautiful.

#20 Posted by frankfartmouth (1016 posts) -

Could name a lot, but one that comes to mind is the original In Cold Blood. Great b&w cinematography. The rain reflecting off Robert Blake's face in this scene is really effective:

Another one is Touch of Evil, especially the scene where Orson Welles kills Grande.

#21 Posted by mikeeegeee (1549 posts) -

Woah! Two people already dropped Road to Perdition! I am really impressed as I believe that movie is often overlooked. Big fan here.

#22 Edited by ProLife_Zombie (28 posts) -

Wong Kar-wai is probably in my top three. In the Mood for Love is just one great big eyegasim. If your interested check out Chungking Express first - it's a bit more mainstream then his other films, but they are all beautiful.

#23 Posted by Undeadgeek (11 posts) -

Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Terence Malick's The New World, Lars Von Trier's Antichrist, and Dario Argento's Suspiria.

You can also throw my name in with the people showing love for Michael Mann and Gasper Noe.

#24 Posted by Molenator85 (217 posts) -

2001 and Apocalypse Now are my go to answers for this question, but I always have loved some of the shots in Towering Infernfo.

#25 Posted by billyhoush (1192 posts) -

Samsara.

#26 Posted by Little_Socrates (5675 posts) -

Life of Pi practically knocked me dead. The only movie I've seen to ever use 3D to actual cinematographic effect rather than simply "that looks cool." By far the prettiest film I saw in 2012. (Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Skyfall were also shot extremely well.)

Any film shot by Gordon Willis (All The President's Men, Manhattan, The Godfather films, Annie Hall) is going to be shot immaculately.

Blade Runner and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are gorgeous for opposite reasons, but they occurred to me when I shot my eyes at a list.

I actually think Prometheus is a gorgeous movie, too.

The Shire sequences in Fellowship of the Ring and An Unexpected Journey were both shot very well. I wouldn't say the movie was stunning in general, though.

Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and Dr. Strangelove are all must-mentions, and I haven't seen Barry Lyndon, but most who have would feel obligated to mention it. On my must-see list.

I would be remiss not to mention my favorite Wes Anderson cinematography, which is a battle between Rushmore and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, and Moonrise Kingdom do things similarly to Rushmore, but Rushmore simply looks more unique. Fox just looks absolutely brilliant, from the art design to the way it's shot.

Hm.

The Matrix is extremely well-shot for what it's doing. Nothing immediately gorgeous, but damn me to hell if everything doesn't just look awesome. The same is true for 300 and Kill Bill Vol. 1, now that I think on it.

The first and last acts of the original Star Wars are some of the best cinematography ever put to film. The initial Star Destroyer crawl, the breach of the Tantive IV, Binary Sunset, the trench run. Just awesome. (Especially Binary Sunset, which is pretty much the best moment in all of Star Wars.)

The opening scene of A Separation is nothing mind-blowing, but it's perfect.

"Nobody Home" in The Wall is immediately memorable once we fade into the fantasy world. It's the only moment in the movie beyond the animation that's visually memorable. (The live show is so much better you guys omg)

Boogie Nights is a brilliantly shot movie. Just...damn.

True Grit (2010, Coen Bros.) wouldn't work without the proper cinematography and editing. Too damn good.

Yeah, okay.

This is obviously not every movie that impresses me as "well-shot," but a group that maybe wouldn't get mentioned or stick out to me at this moment.

#27 Posted by Video_Game_King (35830 posts) -

I've got some amateur porn, if that counts.

#28 Posted by Dixego (379 posts) -

I just watched Crank and I can say that film has some craaaazy camera work.

#29 Posted by Little_Socrates (5675 posts) -

@billyhoush: Shit, the only movie that might be prettier than Life of Pi from 2012 got name dropped right before my post. I haven't seen it, so forgive me if you've seen both and simply find Samsara superior. I just found Pi's stillwater moments to be breathtaking.

#30 Posted by gaminghooligan (1403 posts) -

Anything by Kurosawa. Seven Samurai and Hidden Fortress especially.

In Bruges was a beautiful movie as far as good solid camera work goes.

All of Wes Anderson's movies have interesting shots in them (best being the side view of the ship in The Life Aquatic)

Also I thought that Skyfall had some of the best camera work this year.

#31 Posted by Raven10 (1703 posts) -

Only one mention of Terrence Malick so far. I'm just going to end this thread right now. Watch any film by Terrence Malick and you'll have seen some of the most amazingly beautiful cinematography ever created. His recent Tree of Life is just so amazingly good looking that I can't imagine a film topping it anytime soon. His stuff is just unbelievable. Also any other film shot by Emmanuel Lubezki is worth watching. Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien. Just anything he's done is so fricking good.

The other true master is Roger Deakins who shoots the films of the Coen Brothers and Sam Mendes. Any of the films of either of those directors is amazing. I'll add to the list of those saying Road to Perdition is outstanding. The ending battle in Skyfall was one of the most amazing things I saw this year. And of course No Country for Old Men and True Grit are outstanding.

#32 Posted by EVO (3850 posts) -

Lotta great picks in here, but I think The Fall looks phenomenal.

I don't get motion sickness but the cinematography in this is so good it made me feel ill.

#34 Posted by JasonR86 (9587 posts) -

The first one that came to mind was Citizen Kane.

#35 Posted by TheKramer89 (422 posts) -

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

@TheKramer89 said:

Irreversible. That movie has some extremely impressive camera work.

I really want to see that movie as it is by the director who filmed the movie I mentioned. Clearly the dude has skill. I heard some things about that movie. Sounds very hard to watch.

It's very, very rough. Probably the hardest movie watching experience i've ever had, which is kind of why it's so impressive. And i love movies with long takes.

#36 Posted by ScottishHobson (27 posts) -

@ProLife_Zombie: Totally with you there, buddy. Christopher Doyle is a very unique cinematographer and works great with WKW. In the Mood For Love (although it was co-shot with two other DPs) is a beautiful film with photography that whispers and seduces and invokes nostalgia and distance in a way I've never experienced when watching anything else. Great stuff!

#37 Posted by Deranged (1837 posts) -

Hero (Ying xiong) with Jet Li. Incredibly beautiful cinematography as well as choreography. Absolutely blew me away.

#38 Posted by LTSmash (598 posts) -

2001: A Space Odyssey

#39 Edited by dgtlty (152 posts) -

American Beauty and Road to Perdition (Conrad Hall's last film before he died - he also shot In Cold Blood which has been mentioned already - that scene is quite a famous example).

There Will Be Blood is masterful.

Roger Deakins is one who continues to impress with every movie he shoots. The Assassination of Jesse James being perhaps my favourite of his work, in addition to Barton Fink and The Man Who Wasn't There (Coen Brothers).

The Thin Red Line and all of Terrence Malick's work is worth seeing for its cinematography.

These are all quite conventional Hollywood examples and I'm leaving so many out but it's tough to recall them! I also do enjoy Wally Pfister's work on all of Chris Nolan's movies - most notably Inception.

Oh, I forgot to mention Bob Richardson who's shot most of Tarantino's recent movies. The camera work in Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds is incredibly creative.

#40 Posted by Liquidus (946 posts) -

@Xtrememuffinman said:

Anything by Edgar Wright or Christopher Nolan. And I'm sure I'll get a bunch of shit for saying it, but... Zach Snyder- including Sucker Punch.

I find the cinematography in Christopher Nolan's movies pretty bland and boring. He makes great movies but visually they're not very striking save for Memento.

In recent memory of the best shot movies I can think of is In Bruges, Skyfall, Django Unchained and Black Swan. I'm surprised no one has brought up The Fountain, that was a fantastic looking and sounding movie.

#41 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (991 posts) -

@gaminghooligan said:

All of Wes Anderson's movies have interesting shots in them (best being the side view of the ship in The Life Aquatic)

I cannot stand the way Wes Anderson shoots his movies. Every shot is at right angles to the action. Every fucking shot. It drives me insane. Either the character is looking directly at camera, or is in perfect profile. It's his twee "make everything look like a diorama" bullshit, I can't stand it. It's a shame, because his movies are generally well written, and have a very specific tone that I enjoy, but fuck, Wes Anderson needs to change the way he makes movies.

Nobody's mentioned Hitchcock yet? Vertigo, Notorious, and North by Northwest are all gorgeous-looking movies.

#42 Posted by mmzOne (275 posts) -

I've always found this steadicam shot quite impressive.
  

#43 Posted by frythefly (199 posts) -

Some random favs:

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#44 Posted by Christoffer (1742 posts) -

I love a lot of scenes from 2001: A Space Oddysey even if the movie as a whole doesn't grab me as much. Kubrick always had a certain strange and eerie mood in all of his movies. The Shining and A Clockwork Oranges are other examples, some fantastic and memorable shots.

#45 Posted by Aegon (5377 posts) -
@Kevin_Cogneto: Well, I kind of mentioned hitchcock in the first post, but I haven't watched any of his movies.
#46 Posted by BBAlpert (1354 posts) -

Airplane. I don't care if that's an objectively wrong answer, I'm sticking to it.

#47 Posted by dutch42 (533 posts) -

Cinematography-wise I have always been a massive fan of Natural Born Killers.

#48 Posted by Damodar (1283 posts) -

Terrence Malick's The Tree Of Life comes to mind. Utterly gorgeous movie.

#49 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5179 posts) -

@Liquidus: There's a whole bunch of excellent shots in the Prestige; starting with the Hugh Jackman scene where you catch a glimpse of a revolver if you're paying enough attention an hour or so before the plot reveals itself. Also hats.

#50 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (991 posts) -

@BBAlpert said:

Airplane. I don't care if that's an objectively wrong answer, I'm sticking to it.

Surely you can't be serious.