So I thought it would be fun to put together a list of movies that I consider a huge inspiration to me personally. Each film was chosen because when they are watched they make me want to rush out to the studio and build some weirdo thing.
Here we go:
10. Dark City - this is a fun little film noir sci-fi flick with shadowy dreamscapes. Best of all the city transformation scenes....where the city scape transforms like some steampunk mechanism.
9. MicMacs - A group of sideshow-esqe comrades set out on a mission of revenge. Their underground lair of bizarre inventions is magical. Directed by Jean Pierre Jeunet (who also directed Amelie)
8. Edward Scissorhands - If you haven't seen this film...I'm quite certain you live on Jupiter. Edward is a human assemblage. My favorite parts feature Vincent Price in the lab...duh.
7. Hugo- Martin Scorsese's film about an orphan, an automaton, and the fantastical silent film pioneer Georges Melies. Lots of gizmos and gears in this one.
6. Chitty Chitty Bang - One might surmise that the only reason I added this to the list is because of the Child Catcher (what a creepy villain). Well, this is great mad inventor fare. Prof. Potts workshop is awesome. By the way, this story was written by Ian Fleming which might explain the automotive gadgets.
5. City of Lost Children - Here is another film by Jean Pierre Jeunet from many years earlier. This is mad scientist staple.
4. Metropolis - This movie is exceptional on so many levels...but the transformational robot scene gets my arty nature grooving.
3. Brazil - Terry Gilliam's Orwellian fantasy. Great bits of dystopian oddities throughout.
2. Blade Runner - One of my favorite all time movies. What inspires me about this film is the hodgepodge of fashion and architectural styles.
1. Adventures of Baron Munchausen - The number one movie on my list is another treat from Terry Gilliam. This time a fantastical Baron defies the Age of Reason. The scenes are like a wonderfully elaborate theater scene. Robin Williams as the King of the Moon is wunderbar!
That's all folks...watch em and get into the studio!