OA Film Club - Aesthetically Pleasing

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This week’s theme is ‘Aesthetically Pleasing.’

A great ‘pick me up’ film for us always has to be pretty. Sometimes when you just need a little something to get you in the mood, to spark creativity, to inspire or even just something you can gaze at longingly, these visually beautiful films will help transport you to another world momentarily.

Emma (2020)

We’d been waiting for such a long time for this film to come out with eager anticipation. It did not disappoint, and in fact we desperately didn’t want the film to end. Most people will know the story of Emma, but this adaptation is so scrumptious. From the pastel patisseries, the interiors which mimic perfectly iced cakes, the ruffles, bonnets with silk ribbons and gorgeous colour palettes, why wouldn’t you want this film to end?! We can see this film sparking lots of trends this year!

We’d been waiting for such a long time for this film to come out with eager anticipation. It did not disappoint, and in fact we desperately didn’t want the film to end. Most people will know the story of Emma, but this adaptation is so scrumptious. From the pastel patisseries, the interiors which mimic perfectly iced cakes, the ruffles, bonnets with silk ribbons and gorgeous colour palettes, why wouldn’t you want this film to end?! We can see this film sparking lots of trends this year!

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

We think you could argue this is one of the most beautiful films of all time. It’s referenced everywhere, and it’s all over our OA moodboards. We couldn’t do a round up of aesthetically pleasing films without including good ol’ Wes Anderson. It was hard to narrow it down but the colour clashing, dreamy pinkscapes, and also the witty humour meant we had to include this as one of our favourite aesthetically pleasing films. We know we’d love to stay in any establishment ran by the fabulous M.Gustave portrayed by Ralph Fiennes. Are there any jobs going at Mendl’s anytime soon?!

We think you could argue this is one of the most beautiful films of all time. It’s referenced everywhere, and it’s all over our OA moodboards. We couldn’t do a round up of aesthetically pleasing films without including good ol’ Wes Anderson. It was hard to narrow it down but the colour clashing, dreamy pinkscapes, and also the witty humour meant we had to include this as one of our favourite aesthetically pleasing films. We know we’d love to stay in any establishment ran by the fabulous M.Gustave portrayed by Ralph Fiennes. Are there any jobs going at Mendl’s anytime soon?!

The Love Witch (2016)

The Love Witch is the genre stretching retro fantasy horror film that also happens to be beautiful. We absolutely love the retro styling, a la Diana Rigg, with tributes to 1960s technicolour thrillers. Expect a lot of pink stylng, blue eyeshadow, and some suspicious witchy action. There’s deliberate over-styled cheesy editing to the film which adds to it’s charm and reminds us of old Bond films from the 60s, even if you’re not too keen on the story, watch it for the imagery and underlying feminist message.

The Love Witch is the genre stretching retro fantasy horror film that also happens to be beautiful. We absolutely love the retro styling, a la Diana Rigg, with tributes to 1960s technicolour thrillers. Expect a lot of pink stylng, blue eyeshadow, and some suspicious witchy action. There’s deliberate over-styled cheesy editing to the film which adds to it’s charm and reminds us of old Bond films from the 60s, even if you’re not too keen on the story, watch it for the imagery and underlying feminist message.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

A masterpiece set in our favourite era, the 1920s, we’ve lost how many times we’ve watched this film! Everything about this film is utterly stunning, from the costumes, the soundtrack, houses, the styling of all the characters, Baz Luhrmann has done F.Scott.Fitzgerald proud. Even though the aesthetic of the film may not be the most historically accurate we love the modern take on the roaring 20s, the fast pace, the chaos, but the best part has to be Leonardo DiCaprio perfectly cast as Jay Gatsby, Old Sport!

A masterpiece set in our favourite era, the 1920s, we’ve lost how many times we’ve watched this film! Everything about this film is utterly stunning, from the costumes, the soundtrack, houses, the styling of all the characters, Baz Luhrmann has done F.Scott.Fitzgerald proud. Even though the aesthetic of the film may not be the most historically accurate we love the modern take on the roaring 20s, the fast pace, the chaos, but the best part has to be Leonardo DiCaprio perfectly cast as Jay Gatsby, Old Sport!

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Another Wes Anderson gem, The Royal Tenenbaums never fails to entertain in its own weird and wonderful way. The combination of bizarre but quirky characters all living under one roof makes for a visual feast of fashion, bold interior colours and dreamy New York scenes. The story is actually quite heartwarming and you really get to know the characters just through their colour schemes, surroundings and costumes. Overall a really fun and entertaining dysfunctional family film

Another Wes Anderson gem, The Royal Tenenbaums never fails to entertain in its own weird and wonderful way. The combination of bizarre but quirky characters all living under one roof makes for a visual feast of fashion, bold interior colours and dreamy New York scenes. The story is actually quite heartwarming and you really get to know the characters just through their colour schemes, surroundings and costumes. Overall a really fun and entertaining dysfunctional family film

To Catch A Thief (1955)

A film that really makes you go ahhhh. Grace Kelly, French Riviera, 1950s fashion, everything we love in a film! The vivid colours in this film really help make this film feel so luxurious and special which reflects the theme of the film so well. The costumes designed by Edith Head are so refined and exude elegance. It’s thrilling from start to finish, and probably Hitchcock’s most beautiful film. An absolute classic with iconic old Hollywood actors, it’s a ‘must see before you die’ kind of film.

A film that really makes you go ahhhh. Grace Kelly, French Riviera, 1950s fashion, everything we love in a film! The vivid colours in this film really help make this film feel so luxurious and special which reflects the theme of the film so well. The costumes designed by Edith Head are so refined and exude elegance. It’s thrilling from start to finish, and probably Hitchcock’s most beautiful film. An absolute classic with iconic old Hollywood actors, it’s a ‘must see before you die’ kind of film.