Inspiration sources: movies

Movies are a huge source of inspiration for my work. There are some gems out there with incredible visuals, and storylines that make you forget everything around you. Finding those gems can be a bit of a hassle. Which is why I decided to put my favorite movies of all time into one top 10 list. These are the movies I find myself gravitating towards most. I've watched every movie at least 5 times, just so you know how much I love these.

1. Stoker

Out of the whole list Stoker is probably my favorite movie of all time. The movie is slow and takes its time for every scene but never gets boring for a second. Your senses get stimulated throughout the whole movie and you're starting to feel like India, played by Mia Wasikowska, herself. The movie revolves around this young girl caught in a very strange family dynamic. It's dark and slow, which is probably a theme running throughout this list.

Out of the whole list Stoker is probably my favorite movie of all time. The movie is slow and takes its time for every scene but never gets boring for a second. Your senses get stimulated throughout the whole movie and you're starting to feel like India, played by Mia Wasikowska, herself. The movie revolves around this young girl caught in a very strange family dynamic. It's dark and slow, which is probably a theme running throughout this list.

2. Her

This sleek and modern romantic drama features the incredible Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of the computer interface Samantha. The set design for this movie is absolutely breathtaking. The city is made up of pieces of Shanghai and if you look up close you can even see Chinese signs in some scenes, which I found really interesting. The storyline of the movie is funny, romantic and extremely sad at the same time. The movie draws you in and leaves you thinking about the future of technology and its options.

This sleek and modern romantic drama features the incredible Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of the computer interface Samantha. The set design for this movie is absolutely breathtaking. The city is made up of pieces of Shanghai and if you look up close you can even see Chinese signs in some scenes, which I found really interesting. The storyline of the movie is funny, romantic and extremely sad at the same time. The movie draws you in and leaves you thinking about the future of technology and its options.

3. Le destin fabuleux d'Amélie Poulain

This French production, often just called Amélie in other countries, represents everything you would want of France and Paris. Amélie lives in her own magical world and experiences her life in such a unique way. The cinematography in this movie takes you to a whole new world. Kicking up your wanderlust is another thing this movie accomplishes, it makes me want to go back to Paris and live like her. It's dreamy and fresh, a whole new look on the world.

This French production, often just called Amélie in other countries, represents everything you would want of France and Paris. Amélie lives in her own magical world and experiences her life in such a unique way. The cinematography in this movie takes you to a whole new world. Kicking up your wanderlust is another thing this movie accomplishes, it makes me want to go back to Paris and live like her. It's dreamy and fresh, a whole new look on the world.

4. The grand Budapest hotel

Surprisingly the first Wes Anderson movie in the list is on number 4. I've been a fan of Wes Anderson for years but with his last blockbuster he truly outdid himself. It includes everything the director is famous for. His sense of styling and set design is impeccable. Symmetry, very wide panning shots, still close ups and repetition. It's all in there supporting the story of a very interesting and twisted main character mister Gustav H.

Surprisingly the first Wes Anderson movie in the list is on number 4. I've been a fan of Wes Anderson for years but with his last blockbuster he truly outdid himself. It includes everything the director is famous for. His sense of styling and set design is impeccable. Symmetry, very wide panning shots, still close ups and repetition. It's all in there supporting the story of a very interesting and twisted main character mister Gustav H.

5. Corpse bride

This stop motion movie directed and written by Tim Burton is probably my favorite animation movie. The storyline is dark and morbide but still strangely uplifting. Dark animation movies are kind of my weakness, which is also why I feel like I should mention Coraline in here as well. I feel like both movies have the same vibe going on. Corpse bride revolves around Victor who proposes to a dead bride by accident and gets himself into this strange dead world. My favorite scene in the movie is the piano duet. The scoring was done by Danny Elfman which is pretty standard for Burton's animation movies. Overall a great animation movie fit for adults, that's what I tell myself every time I watch it.

This stop motion movie directed and written by Tim Burton is probably my favorite animation movie. The storyline is dark and morbide but still strangely uplifting. Dark animation movies are kind of my weakness, which is also why I feel like I should mention Coraline in here as well. I feel like both movies have the same vibe going on. Corpse bride revolves around Victor who proposes to a dead bride by accident and gets himself into this strange dead world. My favorite scene in the movie is the piano duet. The scoring was done by Danny Elfman which is pretty standard for Burton's animation movies. Overall a great animation movie fit for adults, that's what I tell myself every time I watch it.

6. Edward Scissorhands

Number 6 on the list is a classic. Edward Scissorhands is probably the most loved character Johnny Depp has ever played. Another Tim Burton film but totally different than Corpse bride. The set design of the entire movie is absolutely stunning. You get thrown into this fifties/sixties surreal looking town with bright colours, classy housewives and hard working men. Johnny Depp's performance in the movie is flawless, he embodies the strange and disturbing Edward completely. And after this movie he has kept doing these funky roles. A great classic with amazing visuals.

Number 6 on the list is a classic. Edward Scissorhands is probably the most loved character Johnny Depp has ever played. Another Tim Burton film but totally different than Corpse bride. The set design of the entire movie is absolutely stunning. You get thrown into this fifties/sixties surreal looking town with bright colours, classy housewives and hard working men. Johnny Depp's performance in the movie is flawless, he embodies the strange and disturbing Edward completely. And after this movie he has kept doing these funky roles. A great classic with amazing visuals.

7. The darjeeling limited

Another Wes Andersson film in the list, the Darjeeling limited. Three brothers travel across India in order to reconnect with each other. The amazing cast in this movie carries the whole story, which is pretty surreal, very well. The characters are textbook Anderson, a bit damaged and eccentric. I loved the mix of comedy and drama in this one. Wes' films never really fit in a specific genre but it's a genre of its own. I'm always super inspired after watching any Wes Anderson film. I'd also recommend the Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise kingdom if you're into the Wes Andersson style.

Another Wes Andersson film in the list, the Darjeeling limited. Three brothers travel across India in order to reconnect with each other. The amazing cast in this movie carries the whole story, which is pretty surreal, very well. The characters are textbook Anderson, a bit damaged and eccentric. I loved the mix of comedy and drama in this one. Wes' films never really fit in a specific genre but it's a genre of its own. I'm always super inspired after watching any Wes Anderson film. I'd also recommend the Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise kingdom if you're into the Wes Andersson style.

8. Fight club

This psychological thriller with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter truly represents the urban documentary style of photos I love to look at. I've always been so intrigued by this movie, from the moment I saw this still in particular. Helena is one of my favorite actresses and she is also my favorite character in the movie. The dark and twisted storyline of the movie makes this one into a classic. I can't really say much about the content without spoiling anything so I'm going to refrain from raving on about it. The visuals are brutally honest, which drew me in from the first scene.

This psychological thriller with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter truly represents the urban documentary style of photos I love to look at. I've always been so intrigued by this movie, from the moment I saw this still in particular. Helena is one of my favorite actresses and she is also my favorite character in the movie. The dark and twisted storyline of the movie makes this one into a classic. I can't really say much about the content without spoiling anything so I'm going to refrain from raving on about it. The visuals are brutally honest, which drew me in from the first scene.

9. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey star in one of the most iconic love stories in my opinion. The disfunctional Clementine Kruczynski and the emotionally damaged Joel Barish meet and fall in love. In a world where you can get someone erased from your memory, getting over an ex seems easy. The visuals of the removal of memory is so well done and so emotional you can't help but fall in love with the characters. I get a lot of inspiration from this movie, some of the scenes have miniature elements which is something I love doing as well. In this scene in specific you see Joel as his younger self. Another iconic scene is where they're both in the kitchen sink. It's just so magical and intense.

Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey star in one of the most iconic love stories in my opinion. The disfunctional Clementine Kruczynski and the emotionally damaged Joel Barish meet and fall in love. In a world where you can get someone erased from your memory, getting over an ex seems easy. The visuals of the removal of memory is so well done and so emotional you can't help but fall in love with the characters. I get a lot of inspiration from this movie, some of the scenes have miniature elements which is something I love doing as well. In this scene in specific you see Joel as his younger self. Another iconic scene is where they're both in the kitchen sink. It's just so magical and intense.

10. Only lovers left alive

Mixing a rocker love story with a vampire movie probably sounds like a horrible idea but Only lovers left alive shows it can be done. The vampire aspect is so downplayed in the movie you almost forget it's fiction. Nothing really dramatic happens throughout the whole movie, but every scene is so stunning and interesting. Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska both made their appearance higher up on the list and they shine again in this dark and gloomy love story next to Tom Hiddleston. The set is so well designed, I notice new things every time I re-watch the movie.

Mixing a rocker love story with a vampire movie probably sounds like a horrible idea but Only lovers left alive shows it can be done. The vampire aspect is so downplayed in the movie you almost forget it's fiction. Nothing really dramatic happens throughout the whole movie, but every scene is so stunning and interesting. Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska both made their appearance higher up on the list and they shine again in this dark and gloomy love story next to Tom Hiddleston. The set is so well designed, I notice new things every time I re-watch the movie.

If you want to get more information about the movies you can click on any of the stills and it'll take you to their imdb page. Hopefully you've enjoyed my list and discovered some new movies. The Belgian weather hasn't been great the last week so I'm in the process of re-watching them, again. I'm thinking about doing more of these inspiration blog posts, so let me know if you like this format.