Aesthetic Films for Visual Escapism

In these dreary winter months, sometimes we need something nice to look at while we sip on our lemsip in the pitch 4pm light. These are our picks for the most beautiful films to gloss your eyes over :

In The Mood for Love by Wong Kar-wai

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This one’s not even in English, so you can just appreciate Kar-wai’s beautiful use of framing and colour alone if you wish. But if you’d like to read the subtitles, or if you speak Chinese, it’s a very nuanced story of a married man and woman who suspect their respective partners are having an affair, and the changing dynamic between the two leads as they decent into a twisted relationship themselves.

What a Way to Go! byJ. Lee Thompson

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Its worth watching this just for the opening scene, which shows a troupe of men carrying a pink coffin down a pink staircase in an equally pink house.

The Love Witch by Anna Biller

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If you like that femme, 50’s, dark romantic aesthetic then this is the film for you. Biller directed, wrote, and did the costume design for The Love Witch, and her hard work is evident in how every shot is meticulously curated to achieve her signature dreamy style.

The Virgin Suicides by Sofia Coppola 

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Ruffled nightgowns, silver-streamer proms, and angsty cigarette smoking ; Coppola captures the aesthetic of feminine adolescence.

2001 : a Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

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Everything Kubrick does is deliberate, and you can endlessly analyse the placement of a a chair, or the colour of a wall. From Kubrick’s monolith motif, to the use of symmetry in his cinematography, 2001: A Space Odyssey is pure visual poetry.

Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino

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This new release tells the story of a young boy discovering his homosexuality. Its very touchingly told, and the visuals capture the hazy summer glow of an Italian summer. Primary colours, thoughtful framing and symbolism hold up the visual impact of this film.

Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson

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Of Course. Irresistibly happy-making

 

 

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