The style IS the substance

It happens a lot that I recognise movies to be (outspokenly) stylish, evocative and methaporical, rather than just 'entertaining' or driven by a clear plot. When I discuss them or read about them, I have to take into account that these movies are labeled 'style over substance' nowadays. A pity, knowing that this label implies a certain lack of substance. Personally, I prefer to say that the style IS the substance in these movies.

A note: I permitted a wide selection, i.e. some movies could be more 'stylish' than others. Furthermore, I don't necessarily love all the movies I included. My point is that the critiques are misplaced in many instances, not that all these movies are masterpieces (well, some of them are;)

  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Neon Demon
  • Valhalla Rising
  • Only God Forgives
  • Under the Skin
  • The Handmaiden
  • Suspiria
  • Eraserhead
  • Drive
  • It Follows
  • Mr. Nobody
  • Lost River
  • Enter the Void
  • Song to Song
  • The Lobster
  • To the Wonder
  • Enemy
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
  • In the Crosswind
  • Ascent
  • Black Swan
  • The Conjuring
  • Shame
  • Trainspotting
  • The Witch
  • The Tree of Life
  • A Cure for Wellness
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Guest
  • Into the Forest
  • Personal Shopper
  • Pi
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Silence
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Without Name
  • The Shining
  • Inland Empire
  • Lost Highway
  • Antichrist
  • The Untamed
  • The Wailing
  • Raw
  • Like Crazy
  • Locke
  • Irreversible
  • Nocturama
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Dark Beast
  • Porto
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Knight of Cups
  • Prince
  • The New World
  • The Assassin
  • Sieranevada
  • Brothers
  • Amélie
  • Lily Lane
  • Double Lover
  • Inferno
  • Upstream Color
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Carrie
  • Blow Out
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • Angel's Egg
  • Kid
  • Loveless
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Berlin: Symphony of a Great City
  • Let the Right One In
  • Caché
  • 3-Iron
  • Amour
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • A Ciambra
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • A Ghost Story
  • Return to Reason
  • Despite the Night
  • Nostalgia
  • Sombre
  • La Notte
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Le Cercle Rouge
  • Nosferatu
  • Breathless
  • Mean Streets
  • Paterson
  • Antiporno
  • Repulsion
  • Hero
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • The Sacrifice
  • In the Mood for Love
  • A New Life