MOTION
updated : June 10, 2012 10:24 PM

Every film is contained within space, certain attitude towards environment. Here are some exemplary ones you might enjoy if you are a space innovator. Most of them are visually oriented films, but some are architectural criticism in a cynical way as well. All following DVDs are super version of the film (Collector's Edition, Director's Cut, Etc.), unless noted otherwise. More to be added as we spend time on our couches. Suggestions are always welcome.

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12 Monkeys 12 MONKEYS
Inspired by Chris Marker's acclaimed short film La Jetée, 12 Monkeys combines intricate, intelligent storytelling with the uniquely imaginative vision of director Terry Gilliam
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A.I. A. I.
An odd combination of Kubrick's bleak futurism and Spielberg's emotional mush... but ILM does spatial animations of underwater NY, and "end" of the world, reminiscent of the first Star Wars
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Akira AKIRA
Katsuhiro Otomo's epic animation from Japanese anime (manga) culture with out-of-this-world visuals of post apocalyptic city of future Tokyo

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American Beauty AMERICAN BEAUTY
Sam Mendes' directorial debut, written by Alan Ball brings paradox and complexity of modern life in suburban America. Bourgeois space, life: look closer
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All is Full of Love ALL IS FULL OF LOVE
Robotic-industrial-porn-music-video by Bjork and directed by ever talented Chris Cunningham: sickly beautiful... and would be a nice workshop for any artist
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Antonio Gaudi ANTONIO GAUDI
It's hard to love Gaudi's work until you actually experience his spaces and this documentary takes viewers to get as close as possible
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Batman BATMAN
Directed by Tim Burton, a classic comic-film and lots of his twisted gothic spaces - finally in a 2 disc special addition!
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Batman Begins BATMAN BEGINS
Do I dare say it is better than Tim Burton's first Batman? In many ways, I have to say YES... director, Christopher Nolan constructs different ambiance for sure and worth every 140+ minutes
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Being John Malkovich BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
Directorial debut by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman... how can you resist 7 1/2 floor?
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Between the Folds BETWEEN THE FOLDS
Super fascinating world of origami and its influence over science, math, architecture, and many other fields of professionals!!!
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Blade BLADE
Comic book realization to a film form with visually stunning production design by Imaginary Forces: Techno/industrial-modern spaces all over from the beginning to end
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Blade Runner BLADE RUNNER
In an unique and classic direction of Ridley Scott, brings haunted look of Los Angeles, 2019 with anime-like environment where digitization dominates the society and living environment

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Blood BLOOD
Makers of "Ghost in Shell the Shell" bring a visually stunning short story using traditional illustration with digital spaces together

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Blues Brothers BLUES BROTHERS
Chicago, Blues, a mission from God

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Brazil BRAZIL
Terry Gilliam's 1985 black comedy/satire about "future society" of bureaucracy and machine controlled lives
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CADILLAC DESERT
*(VHS only)
History of how urban design of greater Los Angeles transformed by artificial aqueducts
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Cell CELL
Directorial debut by Tarsem Singh, forget what it's about or who's in it, mute and feast your eyes with dreamscape
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Charlie and the Chocolcate Factory CHARLIE & THE CHOCOCALTE FACTORY
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, delicious...
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Chihuly
CHIHULY OVER VENICE
Beautiful works of a glass sculptor, artisan, Dale Chihuly in various sites of Seattle, Venice, Finland, Ireland, Monterrey, and Mexico City. You can see his process on making

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City of God CIDADE DE DEUS
(Sub)urban terror and social decay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil... an ironic, poetic justice
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CITY OF THE CENTURY
Another great 'American Experience' documentary by PBS regarding how Chicago became a city.
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Clockwatchers CLOCKWATCHERS
Written and directed by Sprecher sisters; the movie is a rare, comedic look at temp employees of Corporate America, cubicles life: office architecture and its "Dilbert" culture.

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Coraline CORALINE
Based on Neil Gaiman's book, Coraline is a very first feature-length stop-motion animated picture to be filmed in 3-D that is filled with wildly imaginative fantasy visualization.
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Cube

CUBE
Fascinating SCI-FI thriller which gives new meaning to "complexity within simplicity", within a cubic volume that is.

 

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Dark City DARK CITY
An original film written and directed by Alex Proyas, parallels Fritz Lang's Metropolis in its film noir visuals in Gotham City

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Dark Knight DARK KNIGHT
Yeah yeah, Nolan, Batman, the best comic book movie, blah blah - who cares! He's got THE COOLEST garage/workshop ever! and come on... it's got a Batpod in it...
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Dr. Strangelove DR. STRANGELOVE
Best satirical comedy ever, directed by Stanley Kubrick and his typical, incredible set designs
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Dune DUNE
Directed by David Lynch, an adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel: all-out-dead-tech-gothics
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Edward Scissorhands EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
Tim Burton's personal experience/view of the suburban (Burbank, California) city life...
 
Elizabeth ELIZABETH
Directorial debut by Shekhar Kapur, an incredibly beautiful example of English gothic spaces of light and shadow
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Eames EAMES:
THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER
History of America's iconic modern masters of 'Design'
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Fast, Cheap + Out of Control FAST
CHEAP
OUT OF CONTROL
This unconventional film by Errol Morris explores the basic desire of human: design- "control of nature and its idiosyncrasies"

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5th Element FIFTH ELEMENT
Directed by Luc Besson, customs designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier, production designed by Dan Weil, the film's visuals are wacky and imaginative as ever: interesting apartments scheme

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Fight Club FIGHT CLUB
Directed by an ever talented director, David Fincher and written by Chuck Palahniuk: "ikea" scene alone is worth the trip
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Fly FLY
Finally! Classic horror remake directed by David Cronenberg is out!!! You gotta love downtown Los Angeles...
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Frank Lloyd Wright FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
A biographical film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick to look at an American architectural icon: his life and work
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Gattaca GATTACA
Bleak look at future biotech, written and directed by Andrew Niccol: sleek modern spaces centered around Frank Lloyd Wright's work
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Ghost in the Shell GHOST IN THE SHELL
Directed by Oshii Mamoru, it is a similar to Akira, is a projection of future society of artificial intelligence with twist of human spirit.

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Heat HEAT
First time Al Pacino + Robert De Niro in a scene, Directed by Michael Mann... and it takes places in wonderful (architectural) locations within Los Angeles
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Helvetica

HELVETICA
An interesting documentary by Gary Hustwit about one of the most influential font that change(d)s our world.

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HOME MOVIE
How do you define your home, or better yet, what defines your home? An unique look at five distinctive and bizzare homes
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INCREDIBLES
I don't know how Pixar does it, but they crank out the best... there is something about watching Bob's house and Mode Edna's...
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LA Confidential L. A. CONFIDENTIAL
A film noir based on James Ellroy's writing and whole lot of Los Angeles and great (filmed in) locations from 1940's
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LA Story L. A. STORY
Written and acted by Steve Martin, the plot is used as a tool to show comedic reality of southern californian way of lives entangled by auto(mobil)-culture and related social dilemmas
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Lost in Translation LOST IN TRANSLATION
Welcome to the bizzaro world - Tokyo
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Machinist MACHINIST
Anyone who studied any kind of art, architecture, etc... you can relate to the mental state of this guy
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Man on Wire MAN ON WIRE
New York, World Trade Center - Twin Tower, August 7th, 1974, and Philippe Petit... That is all you need to know - WOW!
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Matrix MATRIX
Mad, mad spaces... a complete package: 2 dvds, commemorative book, senitype image from the movie and 35mm film frame, all in a slipcase
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MAYA LIN:
A STRONG CLEAR VISION
1995 Academy Award for Best Documentary by Freida Lee Mock, showing Maya Lin's work in a chronological order
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Metropolis

METROPOLIS
A classic silent film written and directed by Fritz Lang in 1925, about future dystopia (recently restored!)

 

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Metropolis METROPOLIS (Manga)
Adapted from Osamu Tezuka's 1949 manga, Metropolis and based on the original silent film, incredible details, and layers of space using diverse media
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Minority Report MINORITY REPORT
Unbelievable story, but more interestingly, look at the possible future digitalization of environment that we live, work and shop.
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Monsters MONSTERS INC.
Fascinating fairytale animation by Pixar regarding an idea of 'threshold' and interesting look at 'warehouse' environment
 
My Architect MY ARCHITECT
A personal documentary about Louis I. Kahn, his buildings, the man, and most importantly the forgotten relationship with his 'illegitimate' son, Nathaniel Kahn and his search for his father ... very touching
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NEW YORK
Rick Burns' in depth documentary of the history and influence of the Twin Towers of World Trade Center and its urban setting
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Nightmare Before Christmas NIGHTMARE BEFORE X-MAS
One of the original Tim Burton's crazy visual feast (including FRANKENWEENIE - Uncut version)!
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Objectified OBJECTIFIED
Another fascinating documentary by Gary Hustwit about the (hands behind) world of design (or pretty much everything that's man made that surround us)
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OneHour Photo ONE HOUR PHOTO
Supermarket and florescent lighting, directed by Mark Romanek
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Panic Room PANIC ROOM
A single, claustrophobic room: concrete, steel, surveillance design and directed by David Fincher!
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Panic Room PLEASANTVILLLE
Nightmare of Suburbia in "colors"
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PI PI
Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, Pi is a search for universal order: a number that can mathematically explain everything inside from a claustrophobic apartment and mind
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RIVERS & TIDES
Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature ... AWESOME!
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Roger + Me ROGER + ME
Lots of social and corporate criticisms by Michael Moore who is on a mission from God to meet "Roger" to discuss about how he ruined urban/social landscape of auto-cities in U.S.: urban planning at worst
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RUSSIAN ARK
Truly spatial look at an 'uncut' and continuous film of Hermitage Art Museum located in St. Petersburg, Russia and its art, history and ghosts
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Sinking Venice SINKING VENICE
(VHS only)*

Fascinating 1 hour documentary/ study by NOVA of how city of Venice is doomed and how technology might help
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Sleepy Hollow SLEEPY HOLLOW
Excellent production value and cinematography from Tim Burton's (re)vision of a fairy tale: beautiful English Gothic environment

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Straight Story STRAIGHT STORY
Richard Farnsworth's final work, and directed by David Lynch believe it or not: "un-spatial-film" if there is such a thing.
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Stranger Than Fiction STRANGER THAN FICTION
Fantastic film which space plays a definite, physical role; directed by Marc Foster - wow, this one was a surprise!
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The City of Los Children THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN
Pre-"Dark City" directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie), cinematography by Darius Khondji (Se7en), custom designs by Jean-Paul Gaultier (Fifth Element), bizarre machine:spaces
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Medici THE MEDICI
A detailed 4 hour epic, visual history lessons of the family and their influence in the Renaissance of Florence
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Renaissance RENAISSANCE
Super cool French film noir - in black and white, but with a twist of lime. You got to see what happens in Paris in the year of 2054
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Titus TITUS
Directorial debut by Julie Taymor (Broadway show, Lion King), monolithic modern interpretation of Roman spaces and Shakespearian tragedy
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Triplets of Belleville TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE
Amazing animation from France - incredibly exaggerated characters and spaces that resembles New York and Mont Saint Michael... Wow!
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Trainspotting TRAINSPOTTING
You MUST see the 'dirtiest bathroom in Scotland' and other beauties of modern (sub)urban areas of Scotland
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Urbanized URBANIZED
Another fascinating documentary by Gary Hustwit... about where we are and where we might be heading in terms of urbanizations of big cities
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WALL-E WALL-E
Another visual triumph from Pixar - "Waste Allocation Lift Loader, Earth-Class" - very cool mechanical world and space
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