The sales life can be stressful at times. No matter how immune the Closers are to the pressure of the monthly sales quota, we occasionally tend to look for an “easy to grip” escape without necessarily going away far from the sales table. There are really those times when our ears have relaxed from the songs we pre-selected for our playlist, but our pair of eyes still yearns for a stat visual recreation. Have you considered making a mobile phone movie list? These films might make it to your list too, trailer link included. Got you Fam!
1. Loving Vincent (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGzKnyhYDQI)
WHY: It’s the world’s first fully painted film which required over 100 classically-trained oil painters to paint with oils on canvases (same as van Gogh’s style) on each of the 65,000 frames used in the film.
It is a 2017 experimental animated film about the life and death of Dutch post-Impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. The actors had to first film the entire movie, and the artists had to craft the animated paintings over the images after the filming of the movie ended. This added a layer of creativity because it allowed the viewers to still recognize the actors’ portrayal and appeal through the painted scenes. This gem is a one-of-a-kind visual mirage of vivid whirls and colors, enriched by the artists’ hard work and renditions of van Gogh’s masterpieces such as the celebrated “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers”. This work of art stars Polish theatre actor Robert Gulaczyk on his first big feature, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, and Saoirse Ronan. The film garnered many accolades and was nominated for the Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards.
2. Blade Runner 2049 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCcx85zbxz4)
WHY: It is progressive and poised in tone through its muted gray, blue, and yellow visual imagery and cutting-edge effects. The non-cliche setting of a rainy and gritty future Los Angeles added texture and depth to the visuals.
It is a 2017 neo-noir sequel to the 1982 beloved sci-fi film, “Blade Runner”. The movie is about a replicant/bioengineered human who discovers a mystery that leads him to another replicant who has been missing for the past thirty years. It stars Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, and Cuban actress Anna de Armas in her first breakout role. Harrison Ford also returned to his role from the first movie. The film was praised by critics and won the Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects at the 2018 Academy Awards.
3. Dunkirk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-eMt3SrfFU)
WHY: Director Christopher Nolan’s signature non-linear sequencing, paired with immersive visual storytelling (Remember “Inception” and “Interstellar” ?)
It is a 2017 war film that portrays the British soldiers’ retreat to Dunkirk, north of France during World War II in three aspects: land, sea, and air. Nolan crafted the movie from the perspective of the characters, aiming to use stimulating imagery instead of the usual narrative. Dunkirk has been constantly praised as one of the greatest war films of all time, and maybe even Nolan’s best work as of yet. It stars Fionn Whitehead on his first major role, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and ex-One Direction singer Harry Styles in his film debut. This war epic impressed many, and won the Best Editing at the 2018 Academy Awards.
4. Mad Max: Fury Road (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEJnMQG9ev8)
WHY: With its dynamic blue and orange hues during a six-month long shoot in the deserts of Namibia, and gripping action scenes that banked on effective execution and actual stunts, critics have hailed the film as one of the greatest films of the 21st century.
It is a 2015 action movie and reboot of the Mad Max franchise about a post-apocalyptic wasteland where the protagonist/captive partners with a fellow survivor to escape from a fortress run by a tyrant leader. The cinematography of this film is stellar. The film stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, as well as Riley Keough. The movie even got the chance to be shown through an out-of-competition screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in France, and won the Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Film Editing categories at the 2016 Academy Awards.
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fg5iWmQjwk)
WHY: The visuals of the movie are seamless—the color palette is dreamlike, the production design is quirkily stylized, and the flawless framing of shots are all a testament to Wes Anderson’s distinct and zany artistic eye.
It is a 2014 comedy film written and directed by Wes Anderson who is known for artistic films “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. It centers on a concierge who befriends the lobby boy to prove that he is not guilty after he is wrongfully accused of killing an affluent hotel guest. It also features an ensemble cast of Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori in his first notable role, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. The movie is a cult favorite, and has won the Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design at the 2015 Academy Awards.
Your eyes need variety too! You can add more visually stimulating movies from these suggestions and reserve those for some quick visual pampering whenever your eyes need it. Consider this though: To fully appreciate visually stunning films through smartphone, your screen should be capable to display life-like depth and texture, exceptional vibrant colors and clarity.
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Loving Vincent: Figlerowicz, Marta. 2017. “The Moving Pictures of Loving Vincent” https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-moving-pictures-of-loving-vincent/. December 30, 2017.
Awards List: http://oscar.go.com/
Blade Runner 2049: https://www.framestore.com/bladerunner2049
Dunkirk: Fadnavis, Mihir. 2017. “Dunkirk movie review: Sensory overload, powerful visuals show Christopher Nolan is on top of his game“. https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/watch-dunkirk-movie-review-sensory-overload-powerful-visuals-show-christopher-nolan-is-on-top-of-his-game-3829483.html. July 19, 2017.
Mad Max: Fury Road: Failes, Ian. 2015. “A graphic tale: the visual effects of Mad Max: Fury Road”. https://www.fxguide.com/featured/a-graphic-tale-the-visual-effects-of-mad-max-fury-road/. May 29, 2015.
Mad Max: Fury Road Cannes Film Fest selection: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/films/mad-max-fury-road
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Kelley, Matthew. 2018. “Surreal Visual Elements in The Grand Budapest Hotel“. http://blogs.iac.gatech.edu/film2018/2018/01/17/surreal-visual-elements-in-wes-andersons-the-grand-budapest-hotel/. January 17, 2018.