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Five Films With An Incredible Atmosphere

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation takes place in the wondrous city of Tokyo. It follows two Americans (Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson) who meet each other and eventually form an unlikely bond. They are tourists and are trying to settle in to this unique and astonishing city. Watching this film, you will immediately get immersed in Tokyo, just like Murray and Johansson’s characters do. It is so different and exclusive from any other country. The cinematography is incredible in this film as well, and you really get a great feel for the city, and don’t want the film to end. At least that’s how I feel when I watch this amazing film.

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Blade Runner

Blade Runner is recognized today as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, and for good reason. The incredible effects and atmosphere that Ridley Scott brought to us still holds up to this day. The dark and gloomy, futuristic look of Los Angeles perfectly sets the tone for the movie, and you can’t help but get sucked into this fictional world a long with all the other characters. What Blade Runner does is not satisfy you with its atmosphere. You are left feeling uneasy and denigrated. This is a world that has taken a turn for the worst, and the creators of this film did a marvelous job capturing it in front of us. The atmosphere might be very dark, but it is still incredible to look at regardless.

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Gravity

I had to have a movie that took place in space on this list! There is no better representation of what it looks like to be out among the stars than in this incredible film. Gravity changed the game with its cinematography and visual effects. I will never forget the first time I watched this film on the big screen. I saw it in IMAX and 3D, and to this day, it is one of my favorite and most memorable experiences ever watching a film. The atmosphere is so realistic. It really feels like you are out in space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The director, Alfonso Cuarón, is a true visionary and master at his craft.  What he was able to pull of is mind-blowing, and people probably felt the same watching 2001: A Space Odyssey the first time, back in 1968, when it came out.

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Taxi Driver

When people think of the film Taxi Driver, mostly what comes to mind is the incredible performance by Robert DeNiro. His character, Travis Bickle, is one of the greatest ever put to screen. DeNiro lives and breathes this character. However, whenever I watch this masterpiece, I am constantly blown away with how well-directed it is. Martin Scorcese was at the top of his game filming this, and the night-time atmosphere on the streets of NYC is what constantly mesmerizes me. Whenever I watch this, just like the previous films, I am immersed in this world with the characters. I really feel like I am riding along with Travis Bickle in his cab. The way it is filmed, and the incredible jazz-like score by  Bernard Herrmann, enhances the viewing experience. There are probably many other great films that captures the New York City feeling like Taxi Driver does, but for me, Taxi Driver does it the best.

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Midnight in Paris

I thought it was only fitting to have a Woody Allen movie on this list. Midnight in Paris is my favorite movie by his. The directing is of course top-notch, the performances are all good, and the cinematography is amazing. It perfectly captures the beauty of Paris. Not only does this movie give a great representation of what modern Paris looks like, but also what it looked like back in the 1920s. It is a magical film, and one that will immerse you in this wonderful city. That is what I love most about films. They can transport you into any place in the world, whether it’s Tokyo, Paris, New York City, space, or even the future.

3 Comments

  1. Jay

    Great list.

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    1. Brendan Bellavia

      Thanks!

      Reply
  2. Liam

    Great list. I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award;
    https://themotionpictureblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/liebster-award/

    Reply

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