10 Visually Stunning Yet Terrible Movies

By Thor Magnusson

That classic case of ‘style over substance’ has been a criticism thrown at films since the inception of the medium, although it really became a prominent occurrence since the rise of the ‘MTV generation’ in the 80s as music video and commercial directors got snatched up solely for their impressive visual aesthetic and not much else, a trend that hasn’t slowed down since.

No doubt there has been success stories with this transition (e.g. David Fincher, Spike Jonze), yet a lot of times it can be your go-to culprit for easily glossing over plot holes or non-existent thematics, but can it save an outright terrible film? Not really, but it can make it nice to look at, at least. Let’s observe such cases in this list of horrible yet drop dead gorgeous movies.

10. Immortals (2011)

Immortals (2011)

Director Tarsem Singh has made a pedigree of being one of the most sought after commercial and music video directors abound. With painterly perfection applied to every frame, costume and edit in his control, he’s chipped out a distinctive style that is gobsmacking original and wholly intoxicating.

His film career has been suitably hit and miss, though – “The Cell” turned most off initially, although it has enjoyed minor cult success since; “The Fall” was an incredible match of his keen eye with an engrossing and involving plot. Yet “Immortals,” an attempt at big budget action spectacle, is a bit of a misfire.

Based on the epic tales of Greek mythology laced with a battle of the gods between mortal men, the poster was splayed with “from the producers of ‘300”’ and they were hoping for similar bombastic sleeper success. Yet although that film wasn’t exactly Shakespeare, it did have solid → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Inexplicable Traces: On the Beautiful Epiphanies of Mark Pellington’s Nostalgia

By Larry Gross

Mark Pellington, along with David Fincher and Mark Romanek, began his filmmaking career in what might be called MTV’s heroic age. After a series of music videos, which included Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy,” U2’s “One” and R.E.M.’s “Drive,” he made two skillful, flashy, mid-sized star-driven studio thrillers — Arlington Road and Mothman Chronicles. Over the last ten years, a succession of his indie films have all dealt in sometimes comic, sometimes melodramatic terms with people trying to manage death. Alex Ross Perry, perhaps at one point associated with the mumblecore movement, whatever that exactly was, has for the last eight years, […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine