Moonrise Kingdom

15 Movie Directors Who Make The Most Visually Stunning Films

By Shane Scott-Travis

So much of what makes cinema so engaging and exciting is the awe-inspiring visuals that they contain. These stirring visuals have captured our imaginations and lit up living rooms, bijous, drive-in, and multiplexes the world over for generations.

Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite filmmakers was no easy charge, and not one we undertook lightly. The assembled list presented here offers up the finest filmmakers of dazzling depth, stirring symmetry, gorgeous framing, and assured grace.

But of course we couldn’t get to them all, and that’s why you’ll find a considerable “honorable mention” section following the list and why we also encourage you to add names of those we overlooked in the comments below. As ever, thanks for reading and enjoy!

15. Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson

A prominent American filmmaker since he first appeared on the scene in 1996 with his debut feature film, Bottle Rocket, Texas-born director Wes Anderson has amassed a very distinctive, idiosyncratic, and singular body of work.

While his critics and detractors may never warm to Anderson’s sweet-tooth cinema spoils and auteur labelling, his colorful and quirky comedy dramas (such as Rushmore [1998], The Royal Tenenbaums [2001], The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou [2004], and Moonrise Kingdom [2012]) have won critical acclaim, endless plaudits, cult status, and deep devotion from fans.

Other films from Anderson include his highly stylized comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), which smartly contrasts that fast-paced and multi-character story with melancholy, dazzling production design, varied film formats (2.35:1, 1.85:1, and the classic 1.33:1), elaborate costumes, and an all-star cast.

And while the Grand Budapest Hotel may well be Anderson’s most exhaustive, integrated and delicious offering to date, it may well be that his stop-motion animated films, The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Isle of Dogs (2018) → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema