I'm looking for movies with such rich production/set/etc. design that you can watch them repeatedly and always find something new. Examples inside.
I'm looking for movies with incredibly rich detail in their production design, the work of true obsessives. I myself am an eccentric obsessive, and I love the "Where's Waldo?" experience of re-watching a film for the umpteenth time and noticing a new detail that I had never before seen.
Examples would include:
Any Wes Anderson movie (e.g., reading the "unaccompanied minor" pass that Kristofferson wears when we meet him, or reading Mr. Fox's column in the paper--each in The Fantastic Mr. Fox).
The Fifth Element (What does it say on a Multipass, anyway? And as noted in the recent thread
, Leeloo's futuristic makeup box bears the Chanel mark)
Good movies preferred (any genre, any language), but a really lovingly made bad movie is OK.
However, I'm not looking for:
- Very subtle performances, plot twists, or stories open to interpretation (e.g., Inception, Rashomon)
- Incredibly accurate/inaccurate historical films notable solely for their accuracy or inaccuracy
(I want to play "spot the awesome detail," not "French bayonets really were longer in WWI"; I am also not an expert in how many buttons someone's coat should have had, so the fact that the buttons are absolutely authentic is going to be lost on me).
- Cult classics or just movies that people love to watch over and over, but don't have subtle details (e.g., I'd be more interested in pausing a Star Trek movie to read a LCARs display
than I might be to watch Star Wars again--a great design, but not a lot of detail you can pause and digest).
- Great cinematography / composition
Just the little details that make you go, I cannot believe I missed that the first, second, third, tenth time I watched that movie.