Nov 3, 2016

Pixl’s Favorite Movies

At Pixl, the core of what we do involves telling great stories. From graphic packages to video shoots to live events, everything we create draws in the best elements of our clients’ overall narrative in order to produce a lasting impression.

As a team of storytellers, we’re constantly attracted to movies that offer us new perspectives. And a few of those films have even affected us in a way that inspires us to do what we do day after day.

So we’ve decided to share our list of beloved films and how they resonate with us personally and creatively. In no particular order, enjoy this list of Pixl’s favorite movies!

1. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

This film about Jewish US soldiers opposing Nazi leaders during World War II easily ranks as one of our favorite stories. In addition to the story itself, Tarantino’s level of movie-fandom stands out in his ability to utilize various elements from previous work that inspires him. We’re big fans of incorporating styles we love into projects in order to create something new. Even with the exceptional talent of Michael Fassbender and Christoph Waltz, the ensemble cast (another Quentin Tarantino signature) is particularly memorable. Confession: we sometimes listen to the Inglourious Basterds soundtrack while working…and it’s rather glorious.         

2. Braveheart (1995)

The epic of all epics (sorry Lord of the Rings), the Oscar-winning Braveheart consistently maintains all the feels in the heroic story of William Wallace and the fight for Scotland’s independence from the reign of England’s King Edward I. Without question, this film continues to inspire us in its well-crafted depiction of true leadership, humility, and lasting love. Someone get out the blue paint!           

3. The Family Stone (2005)

Yes, we dig rom-coms. But only good ones like this. Call it dysfunction or controlled chaos, sometimes family is difficult. How each of the characters deal with relational group dynamics — some of which are familiar to most of us — shows an extraordinary capacity for respect and tolerance that we learn from. We love this story in its ability to capture that kind of complexity and connect with us at a deeper level.          

4. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Movies with David O. Russell at the helm consistently hold together layers of accessibility, gravitas, and bite. We could say the same about his three-time collaborating actress, Jennifer Lawrence. No wonder they work so well together in Silver Linings Playbook, making it another of our team’s top movies. A story like this gives us the courage to accept our individual circumstances and work through them in a way that embraces the reality of others facing some of their own. It’s an exercise in compassion and remaining present every day. If we think about it, life passes too quickly to allow anything to eclipse the positive elements inevitably present in any situation.       

5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

As long-time fans of the original franchise, we’ll gladly sing George Miller’s praises over his achievement and arguable magnum opus for years to come. Yes, it had our hearts racing like a war rig for 120 minutes. Yes, its wonderfully feminist perspective offers us hope for a (contrasting) world of progress where all people truly are created equal. Although we could go on for days, one thing in particular stands out to us as a team of creators: George Miller’s attention to detailed world-building and commitment to practical effects. In an era of advanced technology, sometimes an easier route to telling stories involves relying on digital facsimiles of real or imagined characters and objects. Instead, Mad Max creators committed to physically building as much as possible in order to give this story an authenticity and near tangibility not found in many. That flame-throwing guitar? Yeah, it was real. As a team, we value the integrity and excellence of true craftsmanship and find inspiration in stories that successfully achieve the same.

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