Spirited Away (2001)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki (1st)
Spirited Away flows with creativity. One of the most vibrant and beautiful films in existence. Mayazaki’s meticulously crafted fairy tale is truly a unique experience. Each place, character, and story element is overflowing with life and color. It’s an extraordinary oil painting brought to life.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock (3rd)
Hypnotizing as the spiral down this intricate and maddening story through this wonderfully stylized and lush film permeates throughout this complicated story of desire. In terms of the craft, it’s striking what Hitchcock was able to accomplish. The detail on each scene, specifically with color and shocking editing, makes it an all-time great. A perfectionist film.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki (2nd)
Miyazaki is a master and Mononoke is truly great cinema. The horror of the opening sequence will always stick with me as possibly the best opening scene ever. The message from the story is beyond meaningful and the way this is shown through the gorgeous character designs and world is perfect. The deepest Miyazaki narrative and one that is incredibly impactful. An animated masterpiece.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Director: Wes Anderson (2nd)
Ralph Fiennes is simply stunning as the charming concierge Gustave in Wes Anderson incredibly charming and vivid telling of his life and misfortunes set off by his undying love for elderly women. It’s basically everything great about film put into one tightly compact, gorgeous looking film. The entire cast, aesthetics, and sound all working on a higher level.
Enter The Void (2009)
Director: Gaspar Noe (1st)
Enter The Void shows the true genius of Gaspar Noe and his decidedly distinct taste in narratives and finding new ways to tell stories. Benoit Debie’s perfectly shot cinematography coupled with Noe’s eye for evocative aesthetic set-designs makes this an ecstasy-like experience. It’s a devastatingly real human story led by two great, cerberal performances from Paz De La Huerta and Cyril Roy. An unrepeated masterpiece.