I’ve always enjoyed a good movie, but in the past year or so my love for film has really come alive again. Going to the theater, watching at home– I’m enjoying the experience more than ever. Last night, I saw La La Land and loved it. It was both aesthetically and musically beautiful, and the storyline made my heart ache. I left the theater feeling so creatively inspired, it got me thinking of other top movies that accomplish the same.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of movies I love, and it doesn’t include every quirky indie movie that I find inspiring in subtler ways. This is a list of the top 5, hit-you-over-the-head beautiful, funny, sad and artistic movies I’ve ever seen. Here we go:
Top 5 Movies That’ll Leave You Creatively Inspired
Her was one of my favorite movies of 2014. The film aesthetic– muted colors and stunning cinematography, caught my eye right away. The actual story is what kept me thinking about the film long after I’d first seen it. The mix of love story and technology was fascinating in itself, and seeing it through the muted, somewhat traditional aesthetic took a complex idea and simmered it down to something that felt so utterly human.
4. Fantastic Mr. Fox
Oh boy, do I love Fantastic Mr. Fox. Wes Anderson is a legend when it comes to visually stunning films (which is why he’s on this list twice), but the format of this film really feels one-of-a-kind. It’s honestly hard to describe, but if you’re looking for whimsy and something that oozes creativity & originality, watch this movie today.
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
The second Wes Anderson movie to make this list. Anderson has always had an eye for creating architectural stories, and The Grand Budapest Hotel is my favorite example of this. See The Darjeeling Limited for another great one. The colors, story, and pacing of the scenes left me reeling.
2. Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris captured my heart the first time I saw it, back in 2011. I’ve seen it countless times since then, and seeing so many of my favorite writers and artists brought to life makes me happy each time. The film also does a great job of contrasting nostalgia and the present; definitely a trending theme of this list.
La La Land
La La Land takes #1! I’ve already touched on why I love this movie, but to dive a little deeper: The music in this film holds so much weight, and by the end becomes a culmination of the entire love story. The director’s weaving of the modern day into this Old Hollywood style movie is tactful but poignant, and the cinematography is on point. It feels a lot like reading Fitzgerald, and I already can’t wait to see it again.
Because I’m so jazzed on movies these days, I think I’ll also end up making a list of those favorite aforementioned quirky, heartfelt indie movies 🙂