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Madonna's song Frozen by Chris Cunningham, The Cell and The Fall by Tarsem Singh. If I like these films (and I do), and if you can see what they have in common, thanks in advance for suggestions on what else you think I might like.
posted by eccnineten to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
 
Stab in the dark, but have you seen Mirrormask?
posted by Spyder's Game at 12:20 PM on July 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


Also, in the similar vein of awesome visuals + fantasy world (and add in a great story) is A Little Princess
posted by Spyder's Game at 12:23 PM on July 2, 2010


Dunno if you've already gotten 'The Work of Director Chris Cunningham,' but this is something to whet your appetite from that DVD.
posted by jangie at 12:24 PM on July 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wong Kar Wai's Ashes of Time.
posted by subtle-t at 12:25 PM on July 2, 2010


Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain is the closest I can think of. (I didn't much like it, but YMMV.)
posted by Sys Rq at 12:26 PM on July 2, 2010


Jadorowski's work may be a bit much, but you may want to take a look.
posted by Tomorrowful at 12:27 PM on July 2, 2010


The Fountain is a good suggestion. Most "The Downward Spiral" era Nine Inch Nails videos. The Neverending Story. Perhaps the Fifth Element (at least the aria part)?
posted by proj at 12:35 PM on July 2, 2010


The videos for Tool's Lateralus album are pretty much on the mark, I think. (1, 2.)

Ditto Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:11 PM on July 2, 2010


Paprika
Tarkovsky's Stalker
Yellow Submarine
seconding Mirrormask
Ink
Dark City
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Time Bandits
Svenkmayer's Faust
City of Lost Children
Big Fish
Black Narcissus (not supernatural, but beautiful all the same)
Holy Mountain
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I Am Cuba (also not supernatural, but beautiful and meditative)
L'iceberg
Robot Carnival (if you can find it)
Sorcerer (also not supernatural, despite the title)
Tekkon Kinkreet

I have many other suggestions, but I think those are the most fitting with what you're looking for. :)
posted by luvcraft at 1:17 PM on July 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Nearly all of Bjork's video library, but most specifically ALL IS FULL OF LOVE.
posted by bjork24 at 1:38 PM on July 2, 2010


If you want to check out the Director's Label Series that jangie mentioned, it's totally worth it to get the box set, which has videos from Chris Cunningham, Michel Gondry, and Spike Jonze.

I absolutely loved The Fall -- it's one of my favorite movies. I'm totally keeping an eye on this thread.
posted by malthas at 1:39 PM on July 2, 2010


I loved The Fall, too, and one film it reminded me of was Pan's Labyrinth.
posted by pasici at 1:46 PM on July 2, 2010


Lots of other great suggestions already.

The animated films of Hayao Miyazaki might also be up your alley. You might be interested in the paintings of Salvador Dali as well.

And lastly, something short: Lily Pods & Rock Cod (self-link), a music video by Soy Cowboy from when Tarsem Singh attended Art Center College of Design.
posted by artlung at 1:50 PM on July 2, 2010


Based on your likes, I think you'd love the movie Hero. The same director also did House of Flying Daggers which is also good. And if you like those two movies, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is also a must see but I think most people have already seen it.

I also second the Miyazaki suggestion. Probably start with Princess Mononoke and go from there. Seriously, every single one of his movies is amazing. Princess Mononoke will probably always be my favorite since that is when I first fell in love with his movies and the soundtrack is beautiful.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:25 PM on July 2, 2010


In a different vein, you might try Rivers and Tides, a documentary about Andy Goldsworthy, an artist who works in and with nature. I don't know if the quality of photography is comparable, but the shapes, colors and settings are pretty similar.
posted by Gorgik at 10:46 PM on July 2, 2010


I-yi-yi! Thank you everyone! Keep 'em coming and you are all invited over for movie night for the next few years.
posted by eccnineten at 7:02 PM on July 3, 2010


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